United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Washington, D.C.
New to the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education and Economics (NAREEE) Advisory Board are Category B. Farm Cooperatives James Goodman, owner/farmer, Northwood Farm; Category D. Plant Commodity Producer Chalmers Carr III, farmer/owner, Titan Farms; Category E. National Aquaculture Association Jeremy Liley, president/aquatic biologist, Liley Fisheries and Aquatic Consulting; Category H. National Food Science Organization Mark McLellan, vice president of research and dean of the school of graduate studies, Utah State University; Category J. National Nutritional Science Society Adriana Campa, associate professor of nutrition, Florida International University; Category K. 1862 Land-Grant Colleges and UniversitiesMilo Shult, vice president for agriculture, emeritus, University of Arkansas System; Category M. Non-Land Grant College or University w/History Commitment to Research in Food and Agricultural Sciences Chad Waukechon, dean, community programs, College of Menominee Nation; and Category Y. National Social Science AssociationDawn Thilmany, professor, Colorado State University, department of agriculture and resource economics.
International Association for Cold Storage Construction (IACSC), Alexandria, Va.
Erik Gunderson, executive vice president, Primus Builders, was elected as the 2014-2015 chair of IACSC. Brian King of A M King Construction was elected as vice chairman, and Tim Nguyen of ESI Group was elected treasurer.Board members re-elected to 3-year terms through 2017 includeJanet Madden Charles of Envirotech Construction, Steve Mauro of Kingspan Insulated Panels and Charles Woolley of Coldroom Systems.Newly elected board members, who will also serve through 2017, include Dan Powers of Fisher & Sons and Bob West of Ryan Cos.
International Dairy Foods Association, Washington, D.C.
Emily Lyons will fill the position of director of regulatory affairs and counsel, responsible for working with members and government agencies on environmental, worker safety and sustainability issues, as well as food safety and food defense. She also will serve as legal counsel on issues involving contracts, antitrust and statutory and regulatory interpretation. Originally from a small dairy farm in Northern Illinois, Lyons has held a series of internships with agricultural organizations and companies, including the National Farmers Union, the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic, the National Pork Producers Council, Novus International and Pfizer Animal Health. She also served as a summer associate with Brown, Hay & Stephens LLP, where she managed complex environmental cases.
Ragozzino Foods, Meriden, Conn.
Barton Dewingjoined as executive R&D chef, stepping into the newly created position to lead the long-time producer of authentic Italian entrées in new culinary directions, including adding fresh, preservative-free refrigerated foods to their frozen line of offerings. Dewing maintains a 20-plus-year career creating unique menus, innovative recipes and commercial formulas for leading national retailers, foodservice and restaurant chains. Before joining Ragozzino Foods, Dewing spent four years as culinary research and development manager/director at Seviroli Foods, where he led new product development, including all phases of menu development, recipe ideation and product testing. He previously held the same title at American Pie, LLC, Woodbury, N.Y., managing product development and manufacturing for Marie Callender's frozen desserts and Claim Jumper frozen meals.
Flowers Foods, Inc., Thomasville, Ga.
George Deese announced plans to retire as executive chairman of the board at the end of 2014. Deese will become non-executive chairman of the board and will continue to be involved in the strategic direction of the company. Under his leadership, Flowers Foods grew from a strong regional baker to what is said to be the second largest baking company in the United States. Alan Shiver will continue to serve as president and CEO.
Crisp Sensation Holding S.A., Switzerland
The owner of a worldwide patented food coating system named Doug Hasselo as manager of its U.S. business. Hasselo has enjoyed many successful years in the U.S. convenience food sector, including Kentucky Fried Chicken and McDonald’s Corp., where he created new products as well as restaurant concepts.
Cambridge Engineered Solutions, Cambridge, Md.
Kevin O’Brien, proprietor of Conveyor Belt Engineering, was hired as the company’s first representative to support the company’s business growth in England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. O’Brien is a solutions provider in Great Britain with 20 years product development and sales experience. He began his career with Germany-based Forbo Seigling and was a former manager of Ashworth Europe.
VersaCold Logistics Services, Canada
Larry Bines was appointed vice president of sales and marketing, responsible for customer satisfaction, as well as the sales and marketing functions within all VersaCold business units. Previously, Bines was general manager of national accounts for Purolator Inc.
Ryan Companies US, Inc., Minneapolis
Tim Bauer was hired as director of architecture, industrial, responsible for overall design success of national industrial projects from initial planning through project completion. This responsibility includes overseeing facility planning, conceptual design, design documentation and execution, mentoring staff, leading architectural communications with customers and supporting business development activities. Prior to joining Ryan, Bauer led the national industrial group for Leo A Daly. He has over 30 years of experience and has been involved in over 40 manufacturing and distribution/industrial projects throughout the United States. Meanwhile, Peter Partipilo was hired as vice president, capital markets, responsible for developing and maintaining debt and equity relationships, capitalizing Ryan projects and assets, focusing on new pursuits, sourcing and executing value-added acquisitions and structuring joint venture arrangements. Prior to joining Ryan, Partipilo was senior associate, acquisitions for American Realty Advisors & PMRG, where he was responsible for underwriting, sourcing and due diligence for core and value-added investments.
Omnitracs, LLC, Dallas, Texas
Veteran marketing executive Jim Gardner was appointed vice president of marketing. With more than 20 years of experience in optimizing marketing programs and accelerating business-to-business company growth, Gardner will lead Omnitracs’ marketing strategy, focusing on branding, communications and market development efforts. Gardner comes from Strategy180, where he led the company for eight years as president and principal advisor.
Adept Technology, Inc., Pleasanton, Calif.
Michael Jellen was named vice president for North America, responsible for accelerating growth in North America. Jellen joins Adept after more than 10 years with Danaher Corp., where he was vice president and general manager for various business units. Jellen began his career as an automation engineer with Seagate Technology, applying Adept robotics in hard drive manufacturing, later joining Motion Engineering Inc. in engineering and commercial management roles.