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Iona Alumni Leading the Food and Beverage Industries

Summer’s here and it’s time to relax with good company. Meet up with a friend for a glass of wine and appetizers at an outdoor café; gather your family at their favorite restaurant; take a wine tasting tour; or toast your best buddy with a cold beer.

And behind all this fun, making sure you have what you need to thoroughly enjoy yourself, are the multibillion-dollar food and beverage industries.

Succeeding in these dynamic and competitive industries are a number of Iona alumni who have brought their entrepreneurial spirit, their willingness to work long and hard, and their determination to these competitive and ever-growing sectors.

All of these alumni have unique stories of their journeys to success. Some left home to follow an opportunity; others looked at their hometowns and found opportunity there. Some journeys were fueled by friendship, others by a love of learning.

But all the stories have one thing in common: Their journeys all began at Iona.

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JOE DONELAN ’76MBA

From a successful career in the paper industry to running a family winery, Joe Donelan ’76MBA says it’s the people he has met and the relationships he’s formed on his journey that he loves most about his work. “Life is about solving problems, creating happiness and spreading joy,” he remarked.

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NED MORRIS ’93 AND BEN VON DOUSSA ’93

The journey to shared success for Ned (Edward) Morris ’93 and Ben Von Doussa ’93 began in the Iona College pool. Recruited to play water polo, they became co-captains, roommates and good friends. After graduation, Ben returned to his hometown of Adelaide, Australia, and Ned went along for the adventure. There they discovered another shared interest — wine.

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