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Walsh College Will Confer Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree on Keynote Commencement Speaker Jack Aronson

Walsh College will confer an honorary Doctor of Laws degree on Jack Aronson, founder and president, Garden Fresh Gourmet, Ferndale, Mich., during its 105th commencement ceremonies on Saturday, June 20, at Zion Christian Church, Troy. Aronson will also deliver the keynote address at the event.

Garden Fresh Gourmet is a nationwide retailer of gourmet salsas, hummus, chips, and dips. With more than 420 full-time employees, Garden Fresh has annual sales in excess of $100 million.

Garden Fresh is now the number-one ranked manufacturer of salsa in the country. It began when Aronson and his wife, Annette, decided to try making salsa for their restaurant by using a household blender. A local grocery retailer asked Aronson to produce it for his markets. The salsa varieties became an immediate hit.

Aronson is known for creating his own special recipes and also for developing a unique production process. The process exceeds industry standards and extends the shelf-life of the company’s products.

“Jack is an entrepreneur with a remarkable story. His business acumen and attention to product quality and the marketplace provide an exceptional business model for our graduates,” said Stephanie Bergeron, president and CEO, Walsh College. “We especially admire his contributions to the local economy and business community as an employer and as a corporate citizen.”

Garden Fresh recently signed a lease for a 10,000 square-foot commercial kitchen which will serve as a start-up incubator for aspiring food entrepreneurs. Aronson plans to help food entrepreneurs create their own businesses in southeast Michigan. Aronson and his wife also support the Salvation Army and the Boys & Girls Club.

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