Mike PalisanoMichael Palisano has joined the team at Norman Love Confections as Warehouse/Shipping Manager. Prior to joining Norman Love Confections, Palisano spent more than 20 years managing shipping/receiving and distribution services for City Mattress, and also worked on the company’s sales team.

In his new role at Norman Love Confections, Palisano will oversee shipping and receiving operations, including inventory control and logistics strategy for the company’s growing e-commerce and retail operations.

“We are pleased to welcome Michael to our team,” said Norman Love, founder and owner of Norman Love Confections. “With the continued growth of our online sales and retail locations as well as the addition of new products now available for shipping, his experience managing warehouse and distribution operations for a large national retailer is a huge asset to our company.”

Palisano earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Buffalo State College and spent more than a year working in elementary education before joining City Mattress. Born in Buffalo, New York, Palisano graduated from Hamburg Senior High School in 1984 where he lettered in football, hockey and baseball. During his high school and college years, Palisano was a recreation supervisor and instructor, and umpired little league baseball games in the evening.

Founded in 2001 by Norman and Mary Love, Norman Love Confections creates and distributes handcrafted artisanal chocolates from its corporate headquarters at 11380 Lindbergh Blvd. in Fort Myers.  The award-winning Fort Myers-based chocolatier has been lauded more than a dozen times by a leading consumer ratings magazine, including recognition six times for producing the best ultra-premium chocolates in the nation. Forbes.com included Norman Love Confections BLACK line on its list of the nation’s top 10 truffles; The Huffington Post listed it among the six best U.S. destinations in its Chocolate Lover’s Travel Guide; and USA Today named Love as one of its top 10 entrepreneurs for 2014. Love has recently been named as the inaugural inductee of Dessert Professional Magazine’s Chocolatier Hall of Fame, partnered with local chefs to present a six-course meal at the James Beard House in New York and Norman Love Confections was ranked among the top 10 shops in the world for chocolate lovers by U.K. media outlet Daily Telegraph.

Norman Love Confections has Chocolate Salons in Fort Myers, Estero and Naples, and Artisan Gelato by Norman Love is next door to the Fort Myers salon, off Daniels Parkway east of I-75. This summer, Norman Love Confections will open its newest chocolate and dessert salon on McGregor Boulevard in Fort Myers.

Chocolates, gift baskets, sipping chocolate and Love’s book, “Artistry in Chocolate, A Story of Love,” also can be ordered online at www.normanloveconfections.com. In addition, Norman Love Confections chocolates and desserts are offered on 18 Princess Cruises’ ships through the “Chocolate Journeys” partnership and at independent retail locations throughout the U.S. For more information visit www.normanloveconfections.com or call 239-561-7215.