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WEBINAR: 'An Entrepreneurial Success Story - A Fireside Chat with Founder Steve Somers'

The October 20th webinar has been recorded.
Members of Société can view the webinar

Steve Somers, the president of Vigon International, purchased Vigon in 1998, ten years after its founding when it was only a $5 million revenue company. Vigon is a very successful manufacturer and distributor of specialty ingredients designed for the flavors, fragrances and cosmetics markets. The company's on-site manufacturing capabilities allow it to offer a comprehensive product portfolio that includes flavors, natural and synthetic aroma chemicals, actives, functional ingredients and essential oils and also provides custom manufacturing service. Mr. Somers will talk about founding and growth of the company, the tough choices he made along the way, his unique personal philosophies, and the challenges he faced as he led it through market and economic challenges over the last 23 years, including the pandemic. Vigon has grown to 130 team members and sales in excess of $150 million.

His strong beliefs, creativity, resilience and focus were the key contributing factors to successfully navigating through the highs and lows, including the unprecedented event we have all witnessed over the last 18 months and maintaining growth, profitability and a strong & demonstrated concern for employees and their families. This has continued since the June 2021 acquisition of Vigon by Azelis  SA.

This event is hosted on Zoom: Fireside Chat: 1 pm to 2 pm EST


Somers Steve   Steve Somers,
  Vigon International, Inc

About our Speaker:

Steve Somers
is the President of Vigon. With an MS in Analytical Chemistry, he began his career on the technical side of the flavor and fragrance industry, eventually ending up at Givaudan. Steve moved rapidly up through the organization, being appointed as the Business Director of Givaudan’s Fragrance Ingredient Division and soon after promoted to Director of Sales for North America. In pursuit of his vision of creating a unique and progressive company, Steve purchased Vigon International in 1998. Under Steve’s leadership, Vigon emerged as one of the flavor and fragrance industry’s fastest growing companies – expanding from a  9 person, $5 million revenue company in 1998, to the 130 person, $150 million revenue entity that it is today. With a passion for simplicity, Vigon prides itself on its premium customer service, and its rapid turn-around time in producing and delivering over 2,000 products for the flavor, fragrance, and cosmetic industries.

In 2016 Somers was selected as the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the Greater Philadelphia area.

Vigon International, Inc.
, headquartered in East Stroudsburg, PA, is a manufacturer and supplier of high quality specialty ingredients. Vigon develops and maintains unique strategic partnerships with major global ingredient manufacturers, providing over 2,000 different products and servicing customers in select flavor, fragrance, cosmetic, and specialty ingredient market segments. Comprehensive manufacturing and distribution capabilities coupled with key partnerships firmly established Vigon as one of the most progressive companies in the industry. The company has repeatedly been named One of the Best Places to Work in Pennsylvania and has been named one of the Nation’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For by the National Association for Business Resources.

Thank you to our Platinum Level Event Sponsor:

Wednesday, October 20, 2021, 1:00 PM until 2:30 PM
Webinar/1:00 pm EST
A link to the webinar will be sent a day or two prior to the broadcast.
Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Danielle J Fraser
203-763-9255 (p)
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