AAPA taps new chairman, RBA appoints new president, along with other personnel changes
California Milk Advisory Board, Tracy, Calif.
Newly elected officers to the 2016 executive committee are member-at-large Josh Zonneveld, owner of Zonneveld Dairies; member-at-large Tony Louters, owner of T & C Louters Dairy; secretary Jeff Wilbur, owner of Rio Blanco Dairy; member-at-large Kirsten Areias, farmer in Los Banos, Calif.; treasurer Jim Ahlem, founding partner of Hilmar Cheese Co.; vice chairman Essie Bootsma , co-owner of John BootsmaDairy; and chairman Dante Migliazzo, co-owner of Merced Ranch.
American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), Alexandria, Va.
Port of Pascagoula port directorMark McAndrews was tapped to serve as the association’s chairman of the board for the 2016-17 activity year that begins in late October, taking over for Port Saint John (NB) president and CEO Jim Quinn.Although McAndrews has served as Port of Pascagoula’s port director since March 2001, his maritime career extends more than 35 years and involves public and private sector experience, including stevedoring and maritime terminal management, marine operations and public port administration. McAndrews is also chairman of the Gulf Ports Association of the Americas, chairman of AAPA’s Gulf Caucus, and serves on AAPA’s U.S. Legislative Policy Council and Executive Committee.
Retail Bakers of America, Tinley Park, Ill.
Beth Fahey, co-owner of Creative Cakes Bakery & Café, was appointed president. Fahey, along with her sister Becky Palermo, bought Creative Cakes in 2002. In April 2014, the sisters expanded the company with a quick-service café that complements the bakery.
Global Aquaculture Alliance, Portsmouth, N.H.
Tim Hogan was named market development manager of the association’s Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) division, representing the West coast. Hogan comes with more than 20 years of food manufacturing and retail experience, especially on the supply side with bakery, meat and seafood. Most recently, he acted as regional sales director for a leading U.S.-based seafood importer. Previously, he served as director-national accounts for a leading U.S.-based meat supplier. Hogan also spent a number of years working at Sara Lee Corp.
Market Fresh Produce, LLC, Nixa, Mo.
Courtney Rivera was hired as a vendor managed inventory (VMI) specialist, responsible for ensuring timely and accurate fulfillment of daily replenishment of orders. Her career started with an internship at CNH Reman, where she assisted the administrative and sales departments on multiple projects. She later accepted a full-time position with CNH Reman working in procurement and assisting in inventory management. Meanwhile, Otis Chamblee, VMI specialist, has taken on new responsibilities in logistics and procurement, responsible for monitoring and tracking orders to ensure on-time delivery.
Potatoes USA, Denver, Colo.
Mike Pink, owner of Pink Farms, was elected chairman, taking over for immediate past chairman Carl Hoverson. In 2014-2015, he served as co-chairman of the board’s International Marketing Committee and served three years on the International Marketing Administrative Committee. Hoverson challenged the industry to focus more on maintaining good taste and flavors in new potato varieties, and not be so quick to select potatoes based on appearances. He grows Russet Burbank potatoes for frozen processors such as JR Simplot Co. Hoverson has served as chairman and secretary/treasurer of the Northern Plains Potato Growers Association. Meanwhile, Jason Davenport was elected president, serving his first year on the board as co-chairman of the Domestic Marketing Committee. Davenport has grown potatoes for nearly nine years for Allied Potato, Inc. And, Chris Wada was re-elected to the Executive Committee, serving his fifth year on the board and his third year on its Executive Committee. In 2012 and 2013, he served on the Board Administrative Committee as a member of its Domestic Marketing Committee. Wada has been a part of the sales and marketing office at Wada Farms since 2007.
Tyson Foods, Inc., Springdale, Ark.
Monica McGurk was named senior vice president of strategy and new ventures, responsible for managing the company’s strategic planning and growth efforts. McGurk most recently worked as senior vice president of strategy, decision support and e-commerce for Coca-Cola’s North American group. Prior to Coca-Cola, she spent 19 years at McKinsey & Co., where she focused on consumer and retail sectors, founded McKinsey’s consumer innovation practice and led its consumer organization practice.
The Oppenheimer Group, Canada
Steve Young was promoted to sales director for Canada, tasked with overseeing and supporting the company’s Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto sales teams and leading the company’s Canadian sales strategy. Young, who has been with Oppenheimer since 2008, has served as sales manager at the company’s Calgary location for the last four years. Previously, he worked as a sales representative at the Vancouver site, bringing account management experience with Sunkist to the role.
Organto Foods Inc., Canada
Rients van der Wal was appointed managing director of Organto Europa BV, the company’s newly formed European subsidiary based in the Netherlands. Rients brings over 15 years of experience in the produce and organic food industry, having recently been head of sales of total exotics for Total Produce. His responsibilities include building out Organto's distribution efforts in Europe as well as strategic sourcing of additional products.
Axis Global Logistics, South Bergen, N.J.
Paula Nitto joined as chief financial officer. Nitto maintains more than 25 years of financial management experience, including over 15 years in transportation and logistics. In 1998, she joined NYK Line (North America), where she helped develop a vision and strategy to improve and strengthen the finance organization. Before joining Axis, she was a global controller at Inttra, Inc. Nitto began her career in public accounting with Coopers and Lybrand (PwC), serving financial services, insurance and telecommunication, followed by various management positions at a telecommunications company, and CFO of an architectural firm, where she provided continuous improvements and increased profits.
Horton Holding, Inc., Roseville, Minn.
The provider of airflow solutions appointed Terry Schilling Gilberstadt to vice chairman/corporate secretary. Schilling Gilberstadt, daughter of Horton founder Hugh Schilling, previously served as corporate secretary and manager of Horton Transportation for Horton Holding, Inc. and will retain those positions in her new role. She originally joined the company in 1989, serving in several management and administrative jobs.
HNTB Corp., New York
Lori Katzman joined as senior project manager and vice president of the firm’s rail transit group, tasked with providing strategic support for current transit projects and future opportunities. Prior to HNTB, Katzman was vice president of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Long Island Rail Road (LIRR), where she led the $10 billion East Side access program, the system’s first expansion in more than 100 years. In that capacity, she represented LIRR’s interests with regard to the program’s railroad systems and infrastructure engineering, tunneling and complex underground construction, including an underground passenger terminal. Katzman also represented LIRR with MTA Capital Construction, Amtrak and other stakeholders to transform infrastructure and train service from Long Island into Manhattan. Katzman’s background also includes work with the Hudson Yards development project and the Moynihan Station Development Corp. project as well as leading multiple project management and technical efforts for LIRR’s safety and security programs.
Flagler Global Logistics (FGL), Coral Gables, Fla.
Logistics industry veteran David Bouchard was named president, bringing more than 30 years of experience in strategic planning, operations and sales spanning across international markets for the food, retail, high-tech, automotive and consumer industries. Bouchard will lead FGL’s operations and expansion. Bouchard most recently served as chief executive officer of DB Schenker Logistics for the Americas, where he helped the logistics service provider experience double-digit growth in revenues and oversaw more than 8,000 employees across the Americas. Prior to DB Schenker, Bouchard spent 22 years with Ryder System Inc., where his roles included leading the international division, corporate strategy, leading high-tech and industrial business segments, dedicated contract carriage and transportation management businesses and a commercial leasing and rental region.
Diversified Port Holdings (DPH), LLC, Jacksonville, Fla.
The parent company to Portus and Seaonus promoted Chris May to chief process officer, responsible for developing and implementing systematic process controls across all business units; driving standardization, acquisition integration, benchmarking development, the implementation of quality management system enterprise-wide; and overseeing business unit transformation across the entire DPH network. Previously, May served as the president of Portus Holdings. He maintains over 20-plus years in the maritime industry. Troy Gouger was named president of operations, responsible for all day-to-day operations at each DPH location, as well as business development, terminal services, warehousing, vessel operations and cold storage. Additionally, he will have ownership of all back office operations and serve as a corporate liaison. Gouger served in the United States Navy for six years as a petty officer. He started his career in the maritime industry over 20 years ago with organizations such as Ports America, Ceres Gulf, Inc. and most recently with Metro Ports/Metro Cruise, where he had progressive responsibilities leading up to the director of Gulf and East Coast operations.
Lone Star Cold Storage, Inc. (LSCS), Richardson, Texas
Patty Bronaugh joined as administrative director. Bronaugh maintains 20 years of experience in process management, Information system management and implementation, finance and team development. She was formerly with American Cold Storage. Jason McGarry joined as the operations manager, responsible for the day-to-day operations of the warehouse. He brings 17 years of experience in the foodservice industry working in both public and private warehouse operations. McGarry was formerly with US Foods. These appointments come after LSCS completed the expansion of its Richardson facility.
Treofan America, Winston-Salem, N.C.
Luigi Martinese was named chief operations officer Europe, in charge of the Neunkirchen, Germany, plant as well as the Battipaglia and Terni, Italy, plants. Martinese has been with Treofan since 1995, and has been responsible for the group’s Italian sites for over 15 years. Treofan also appointed members to its newly created European board, including business unit managers Carolyn Wagner (packaging and labels), Nico Schoeman (tobacco packaging and technical films) and Dr. Franz Josef Kruger (Treopore separators). Dr. Boris Trautmann became the group’s second managing director, a position he held 2011-2014. As general counsel, Trautmann will oversee human resources, legal, compliance, patents and internal audit.
M. Davis & Sons, Inc., Wilmington, Del.
John Gooden was named president, taking over for John Bonk, who will now coordinate field operations. Gooden, who has been vice president at M. Davis since 2002, has more than 25 years of experience in the contracting and construction industry. As president, he will have oversight of safety, human resources and employee training, and continue to be instrumental in the development of new markets and client relationships.
IN MEMORIUM: TED WAMPLER, SR., WAMPLER’S FARM SAUSAGE
Ted Wampler, Sr., founder of Wampler's Farm Sausage, Lenoir City, Tenn., passed away April 10.
Ted was chairman of the board of Wampler's Farm Sausage, and served many years on the board of directors of First National Bank, was foreman of Loudon County Grand Jury, chairman of the Loudon County Board of Education and chairman of the Loudon County Vocational Governing Board. He was also past president of the Tennessee Meat Packers Association and veteran of the Korean War.
Wampler Sr. was preceded in death by his daughter, Mary Lee Wampler Hitch; parents, Riley and Edith Phillips Wampler; great granddaughters, June Louise and Hazel Ann Denton.
He is survived by his childhood sweetheart and wife of 65 years, Frances Wilburn Wampler; children and spouses: Ruth Ann and Edwin R. Blackburn, Ted Jr. and Sherri Wampler, John Edd and Kathy Wampler; son-in-law, Al Hitch; foster daughter, Karen Hansen; foster son, Borce Lazarov and wife, Kristin and their sons, Constatine and Sebastian; grandchildren and spouses: Sarah and Patrick Phelps, Amy and Jeff Martin, Adam and Ashley Denton, Jim and Lauren Hitch, Stephanie and Eric Pyle, Martha and Dave Behm, Trae Wampler and fiancee, Sadee Hanson, Andrew and Estefania Allen, Kristen and Aaron Gentry, Andrew and Steffie Wampler, Grace and Jace Haun, John Riley Wampler; great-grandchildren: Marlee and Bailey Pyle, James and Lewis Hitch, Ayrton Allen, Gabriel Gentry, and Clara Kate Haun; special first cousin, Harry Wampler and special friend, Mary Frances Whitaker.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Crossroads Church of the Nazarene or the Child Advocacy Center.