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Doctorate of Ice Cream

The Iaicdv proudly presents the doctorate of ice cream award


The purpose of the Doctorate of Ice Cream (ICD) is to honor individuals who have been responsible and great leaders, through their personal and business accomplishments, in the ice cream industry. To qualify for nomination, individuals must have contributed the following special attributes to the ice cream industry:

  • Dedication to the industry
  • Longevity in the industry
  • Business acumen
  • Foster learning, innovation and change
  • Team player and cooperative spirit
  • Sense of integrity and fairness

2015 Inductees



Mike Johnston


Mike was born in Taos, New Mexico on July 27, 1945. He worked in the marketing and food service industries most of his life. In 2006 he and wife Sharon became the proud owners of Southern Ice Cream Corporation, a Distributor of Premium Ice Cream and Specialty Foods in Stafford Texas. Mike was a Member and past President of the International Association of Ice Cream Distributors and Vendors. He was passionate about bettering the Ice Cream industry always willing to share, mentor and volunteer.


Mohan Thawani


Mohan’s work life included Dickie Dee Ice Cream, Good Humor, Breyers Ice Cream, Unilever Ice Cream, Avalanche Foods and most recently Supper Works! Mohan was also a long time member and a supporter of the IAICDV.


2014 Inductee



The IAICDV is proud to announce William Greg McCarty from Blue Bunny as recipient of the 2014 Doctorate of Ice Cream.

2013 Inductees



President Chris Long proudly announced four new recipients of the ICD during the 44th Annual Convention's closing reception on November 7, 2014. The honorees were: Daniel Morales, Tom Renwald, Sr., Ed Markey, and Robert Borski, Jr.


2012 Inductees



The IAICDV is pleased to announce the 2012 recipients of the Doctorate of Ice Cream (ICD) award. The honorees were: Ken Schwarz, Steve Feldman and Bruce Shoecraft.

         Ken Schwarz

                  Steve Feldman



2011 Inductees



It is an honor and privilege to announce that Ginger Shain, Leo Gage and Bob Kleifgen were the first three recipients of the Doctorate of Ice Cream (ICD) award. Their awards were presented at the 42nd Annual Convention in November 2011.


                     Leo Gage

                      Ginger Shain

                 Bob Kleifgen


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