James R. Sconza
Sconza Candy Co.
Jim Sconza has spent a sweet lifetime in the candy industry. His love affair with the business began when he was just a kid, making candy with his father Vincenzo, who founded Sconza Candy Co. in 1939. As a young man, Jim drove the company truck, delivering orders to bay area customers and picking up ingredients, resulting in industry friendships that endure today.
After completing an MBA at the University of California - Berkeley in 1960, he joined Sconza Candy Company as president/ceo, a position he held until 2012, which is when he stepped into the role of chairman of the board.
It is a source of great satisfaction for Sconza to see the family business continue into the third generation, as he works side by side with son Ron and daughter Janet.
Through his many years in the candy industry, Jim has gained a reputation as a thoughtful business man, passionate and informed about his industry, quietly confident and a man with whom you can do a deal on a handshake.
In 2008, Jim fulfilled his long-time dream of relocating Sconza Candy Co. into a new facility in Oakdale, Calif., which has provided the needed room for continued growth and expansion of the business.
Jim has been an active member of the Western Candy Conference since 1960, serving in the capacity of chairman, board member and a committee member for the association. He was honoured in 2004 by the association as Member of the Year. He is also a member of the NCA and AACT.