CHICAGO — Marsh H. Blackburn, the former chairman and chief executive officer of Sales Force Cos., died last month at age 82 of heart failure. As the head of Sales Force Cos., Blackburn was an industry pioneer in transforming the company into a multi-regional food brokerage, said Mark Baum, the former CEO of the National Food Brokers Association. “He was a towering figure in the industry,” said Baum, noting that Blackburn served a “wonderful ombudsman” on ...

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