American Association of Port Authorities, Alexandria, Va.
Jim Quinn,president and CEO of Port Saint John, was elected chairman of the board for the 2015-16 activity year.Having served in leadership positions for more than 30 years in the marine and public sectors of Canada, Quinn was appointed president and CEO of the Saint John Port Authority in September 2010. He began his career on ships sailing out of Saint John in the mid-1970s prior to re-joining the Canadian Coast Guard in 1981, where he served as regional director of the Central and Arctic Region and director general of Marine Programs. After serving 23 years in the Canadian Coast Guard, Quinn joined the Privy Council Office’s Machinery of Government Secretariat and Social Development Policy Secretariat as a senior advisor. Later, he joined Indian and Northern Affairs Canada as director general of Lands. From there, he was promoted several times, culminating in the chief financial officer/assistant deputy minister role. Just prior to becoming Port Saint John’s president and CEO, Quinn was chief financial officer in the Canadian International Development Agency.
International Association for Food Protection, Des Moines, Iowa
Dr. Tim Jackson was elected to the executive board as secretary, and will fulfill a 5-year commitment serving as president beginning July 2018. Jackson has been director of food safety for Nestlé USA, Nestlé Canada and Nestlé Professional North America since 2009, where he leads food safety programs in hygiene and sanitation, management and monitoring of microbiological, chemical and physical hazards, thermal processing and food safety management. He has also served as research scientist, head of the microbiology laboratories at the Nestlé Quality Assurance Laboratory for the U.S. and Canada, member of the research center in Lausanne, Switzerland and chief industrial microbiologist for operations.
Maple Leaf Foods, Canada
Andrea Nicholson was appointed new corporate chef, tasked with supporting product development initiatives, providing inspiration for recipe development and acting as a culinary spokesperson with media, customers and other Maple Leaf stakeholders. Nicholson is a Red Seal-certified chef. Previously, she has held positions with Great Cooks, Via Allegro, The Fifth, Humber College, George Brown College, 35 Elm and Cafe Nervosa, was the in-house chef on The Marilyn Denis Show and chef and co-host on Food Network's Restaurant Takeover. She also appeared as a contestant on Season One of the Food Network's Top Chef Canada.
Tampa Maid Foods, LLC, Lakeland, Fla.
Heather Goral was hired as business development manager for the Western region, responsible for developing and managing the company’s foodservice distribution business in the western United States. She has worked for the past 4.5 years as key account manager for Slade Gorton & Co., spent nine years as a senior account executive for a large foodservice broker and over three years as distributor sales representative and brand manager with Sysco-Los Angeles.
Kellogg Co., Battle Creek, Mich.
Paul Norman was named president of Kellogg North America, responsible for managing a portfolio of businesses within the region, including U.S. morning foods, U.S. snacks, U.S. frozen foods, U.S. specialty channels and Canada. Norman most recently served as Kellogg's chief growth officer and led the U.S. morning foods business on an interim basis. Meanwhile, Craig Bahner joined as president, U.S. morning foods. Previously, Bahner was chief marketing officer at Wendy's, where he was responsible for brand building, marketing and culinary innovation efforts. Prior to that, he enjoyed a 20-year career at Procter & Gamble, where he held a variety of key leadership roles.
Icicle Seafoods, Inc., Seattle, Wash.
Amy Humphreys was appointed chairman of the board of directors. Chris Ruettgers was appointed chief executive officer. Ruettgers has served as Icicle's executive vice president of strategy and corporate development since joining the company in 2011 and has been a member of the board of directors since 2007. And, LaDon Johnson was appointed president. Johnson, who currently serves as Icicle's chief financial officer, will retain his CFO responsibilities and still oversee the company's accounting and finance, legal and human resource activities. Prior to joining Icicle, Johnson was the CFO of Cibus Global, and also served as president of Cibus' international operations.
The Wendy's Co., Dublin, Ohio
Industry veteran Kurt Kane was appointed to the newly created role of chief concept officer, responsible for all North America marketing and innovation efforts for the Wendy's brand, effective May 4. Most recently, Kane served as global chief marketing and food innovation officer at Pizza Hut, Inc., where he was responsible for the development of the company’s strategic direction, as well as the execution of advertising, media planning and product innovation across 13,600 restaurants in 87 countries. Prior to his time at Pizza Hut, Kane served in marketing roles with Frito-Lay, Inc., where he led the re-invention of the Doritos brand; Molson Coors Brewing Co., where he led the 7-brand Molson portfolio for four years; and Procter & Gamble, where he led the re-positioning of the Sunny Delight brand.
AIT Worldwide Logistics, Itasca, Ill.
The supply chain management experts appointed Tom Iuppa as branch manager of the company’s new Rochester, N.Y., office. Iuppa joins AIT with nearly three decades of international supply chain experience. He will be responsible for overseeing a team of veteran co-workers, who average 20 years in the global transportation management industry.
TricorBraun Corp., Philadelphia, Pa.
Paul Bailie joined as director of business development for food and beverage packaging, responsible for developing packaging applications for the food and beverage markets, including glass, plastic, metal and paper packaging for the dry, chilled, ambient, hot fill, pasteurized and retort sectors.Bailie was previously a sales executive at Bickel’s Snack Foods, responsible for developing new products across 10 brands. Prior to that, he was responsible for food and beverage category management for Graham Packaging.
Standex International Corp., Salem, N.H.
Scott Jordan was promoted to president, cooking solutions group, effective July 1. For the past three years, Jordan has been president of Master-Bilt, the company’s refrigeration solutions group, developing marketplace relationships in the foodservice industry. Before Master-Bilt, he was vice president and GM of BKI, part of the Standex cooking solutions group, and then spent 17 years at Rockwell Automation in various roles in engineering, quality, materials, finance, plant management, product management and as director of lean manufacturing. Standex also announced a reorganization of the refrigerated solutions group. Kenny Owen was promoted to vice president and GM of Master-Bilt’s New Albany, Miss., operations. Owen has spent over 23 years with Master-Bilt as vice president of manufacturing and vice president of engineering. Barb Belongia was promoted to vice president of sales. Belongia is an industry veteran with strong relationships in some of the nation’s largest chain restaurants and foodservice dealers.
Bob Bakken was promoted to vice president of quality and aftermarket operations. Bakken is a 38-year veteran of the Hudson, Wis.-based Nor-Lake business, and has a diverse background in manufacturing, sales, customer service and application engineering. In this new role, he will oversee quality, service, parts, installations and Hudson Application engineering. Toby Reynolds was promoted to director of strategic sourcing, responsible for materials and re-sale merchandise. Reynolds has been a member of the Master-Bilt leadership team for 14 years, with experience in supplier negotiation, inventory management, logistics and distribution center management. Lastly, Jerry Hallstrom was promoted to materials manager for Nor-Lake, Inc., a division of Standex. Hailstrom will assume responsibility for Hudson Purchasing functions as well as warehouse management and logistics/freight.
John Sorensen was appointed senior vice president and general manager of lifecycle support services, responsible for overseeing all Intelligrated aftermarket services from installation and training to maintenance and technical support. He’ll also develop strategy and execution plans to drive the next phase of growth for lifecycle support services, with an initial focus on Intelligrated’s existing installation base and development of new technology. Sorensen brings more than 18 years of experience in managing large-scale aftermarket service and support organizations. Previously, he was director and regional manager at Honeywell Process Solutions.
IN MEMORIUM: REILLY MCCARREN, AMERICAN SHORT LINE AND REGIONAL RAILROAD ASSOCIATION (ASLRRA)
Reilly McCarren, vice chairman of the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA), Washington, D.C., passed away April 26 from cancer.
McCarren was said to be one of the most creative railroad operators in the short line industry. Previously, he served as the president of the Wisconsin Central before it was acquired by Canadian National in 2001. Prior to that, he founded the Gateway Western Railway, which was the St. Louis to Kansas City route of the bankrupt Chicago, Missouri and Western Railroad. Gateway Western was sold to Kansas City Southern in 1996.
He also served as chairman of the board of Operation Lifesaver, Inc. and as co-chair of the Railway Industry Working Group. He was a member, vice chair and chair of the Rail Shipper Transportation Advisory Council, served on the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association's Legislative Policy Committee, and was vice chairman of the ASLRRA, a position in which he remained active even as he struggled with his illness. He was also chairman and majority owner of the Arkansas and Missouri Railroad (A&M) and Allied Enterprises, Inc., which together provide rail, trucking, warehousing, packaging and railcar leasing,