International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses (IARW), a unit of the Global Cold Chain Alliance, Alexandria, Va.
Eben James, chief executive officer of Trenton Cold Storage, was elected as the 2016-2017 chairman of the board of directors, focusing on expanding the reach of the organization and building awareness for IARW members as not just third-party logistics providers, but also as top experts in the cold chain. Other new IARW officers elected for the coming year include vice chairman David O'Brien (Doboy Cold Stores), and treasurer Doug Harrison (VersaCold Logistics Services). Newly elected directors-at-large to serve 3-year terms are Mauricio Barrera (Basal Almacenamiento y Logistica), Jason Dreisbach (Dreisbach Enterprises, Inc.), Manuel Kabana (Frio Puerto Valencia), Clement Lam (Swire Pacific Cold Storage) and Kevin Margeson (Commercial Warehousing, Inc.). Jason Lafferty (SnoTemp Cold Storage) and Anthony Leo (RLS Logistics) were elected as new North American Chapter representatives.

Cheese Importers Association of America, Washington, D.C.
Newly elected officers for the 2016-2018 term include president Kenneth Olsson, A.V. Olsson Trading Co.; first vice president Phil Marfuggi, The Ambriola Co., Inc.; second vice president Daniel Schnyder, Emmi Roth USA; treasurer Ralph Hoffman, Arthur Schuman, Inc.; and secretary Iarlaith Smyth, Ornua North America. Directors elected to a 3-year term include Tom Druhot, Gourmet Foods International; Phil Musco, Musco Food Corp.; Ryan Pietz, Schreiber Foods; Ken Preus, Global Sales and Marketing, LLC; and Marilyn Levinsohn, Saputo Cheese USA. Bill Stephenson, DPI Specialty Foods, was elected to a 2-year term.

USA Poultry & Egg Export Council (USAPEEC), Stone Mountain, Ga.
David Markiewicz, a former reporter at several major U.S. newspapers, was named deputy director of communications, tasked with assisting vice president of communications Toby Moore with internal and external communications for the not-for-profit industry trade group. Markiewicz comes from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, where he worked for 15 years, primarily as a business reporter. He previously was a reporter for the Detroit Free Press, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Milwaukee Business Journal and The Detroit News, where he covered various industries. During his career, Markiewicz was also a sportswriter, and covered professional and collegiate baseball, football, basketball, golf and hockey.


Whitsons Culinary Group, Islandia, N.Y.

Laura Gaglione was appointed district manager, responsible for providing leadership and management for several foodservice directors within the company’s growing territories. Gaglione has over 19 years of combined experience in the foodservice industry, and has demonstrated proficiency in leadership and organizational development for Whitsons School Nutrition division for several school districts. She most recently served as the foodservice director for Lindenhurst School District, where she oversaw the day-to-day operations of each school within her district, to the supervision and training of staff in safety, sanitation, customer service and food preparation. Previous to that, she was employed by the New York City Office of School Food and Nutrition Services as a foodservice manager.

Target Corp., Minneapolis
Mark Tritton
was named executive vice president and chief merchandising officer, charged with overseeing enterprise buying, product design and development, sourcing, visual merchandising strategy, and merchandising transformation and operations. Tritton comes from Nordstrom, where he was executive vice president and president of Nordstrom Product Group, overseeing the merchandising, design, manufacturing, marketing and omni-channel distribution of more than 50 private label brands across Nordstrom’s full-price and off-price retail portfolio. During his tenure, he led his team to double its private label business and created distinct brand assets. Prior to that, Tritton held leadership positions at Timberland and Nike, where he helped build both brands and expand them across global regions and channels in product and retail functions. Meanwhile, Jason Goldberger will assume the newly created role of chief digital officer and president of, responsible for enhancing the retailer’s digital experiences and developing new digital capabilities. Goldberger joined Target in 2013. He was named president, and mobile in 2014. Prior to his role at Target, Goldberger held leadership positions with online retailers, including Gilt Groupe, and Amazon. Both appointments are effective June 5.

Cowgirl Creamery, Petaluma, Calif.
Co-founders Sue Conley and Peggy Smith will serve as president and vice president, respectively, after merging with Emmi Roth USA

Lucky Jack Organic Coffee Co., Las Vegas
Matthew Ammirati was tapped as co-CEO, working in tandem with current CEO Giancarlo Chersich.  

Previously, Ammirati served as creative chairman of digital marketing agency Resource/Ammirati until 2014, when he became founder and president of creative agency Ammirati. There, he created multifaceted campaigns for clients in the food and beverage space, including Sweet ‘N Low, Powerade, VitaminWater and Pirate’s Booty.

Survey Sampling International (SSI), Encino, Calif.
Mark Lloyd, a market research executive with 25 years of experience in client management, research design and enterprise research, joined as client and business development manager for New Zealand. Lloyd joined the company from market research agency Ignite Research, where he has been founder and managing director since 2004. From 1991-2004, Lloyd worked for TNS Wellington as a commercial research manager. 

Lassonde Industries Inc., Canada
The following were elected as directors: Chantal Bélanger, independent director at Ovivo, Inc.; Ève-Lyne Biron, president of Biron Groupe Santé; Denis Boudreault, senior counsel at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP; Paul Bouthillier, president of Lavo Inc.; Yves Dumont, human resources consultant at Deloitte; Nathalie Lassonde, assistant to the chairman of the board and to the CEO and vice president, organizational efficiency of Lassonde; Pierre-Paul Lassonde, chief executive officer of Lassonde; Luc Provencher, consultant of Lassonde; and Jocelyn Tremblay, vice president of corporate affairs and general manager at Vins Philippe Dandurand Inc.

Mission Produce, Oxnard, Calif.
Bryan Garibay was promoted to foodservice sales manager, responsible for managing top-level client relationships, developing new business and overseeing day-to-day sales activities. Garibay has been with Mission Produce for nearly 10 years, most recently in foodservice sales.


Bunting Magnetics Co., Newton, Kan.
Kevin Bowen was appointed to the company’s advisory board. Bowen brings a wealth of corporate strategic development and manufacturing expertise. In fact, Bowen’s manufacturing career spans over 40 years, most of which was at Coperion K-Tron in a number of positions, including production manager, regional sales manager, national sales manager, vice president of sales and marketing, vice president of manufacturing and engineering, general manager of K-Tron Pitman, president of K-Tron American and president of K-Tron International, a position he held for over 22 years.

Fristam Pumps USA, Middleton, Wis.
Samuel Gonzalez
was promoted to applications engineer, providing field support, technical support and customer assistance to the company’s Latin American customers. Gonzalez has been with Fristam for two years, and was previously a Bilingual technical inside sales representative.

Fleet Advantage, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Mike O'Hare joined the business development team, responsible for launching a new business development initiative with finance partners looking to add value to clients in the transportation sector. O'Hare maintains over 30 years of experience in the leasing industry, and was most recently senior vice president at SunTrust Equipment Finance, where he established their vendor vertical sales program. He also has extensive experience providing technology solutions, creating new business opportunities and developing strategic cross-selling initiatives.

Kane Is Able, Inc., Taylor, Pa.
Anne Cooper was named senior vice president of human resources, responsible for organizational design, labor cost management, leadership development and compensation and benefit programs. Prior to KANE, Cooper served as senior director, global human resources for Mohawk Industries, Inc., where she was responsible for the human capital management infrastructure throughout the organization, including manufacturing, finance, supply chain and sales and marketing operations in 37 manufacturing locations and over 200 site locations. Before Mohawk, Cooper was executive director of human resources for Lafarge. Over her 20-year career, Cooper has also held senior management roles with DaimlerChrysler Financial Services and was an attorney with Smith & Nachman specializing in general civil litigation.

MULTIVAC, Inc., Kansas City, Mo.
Mike Frost was hired as a field service technician, tasked with helping the company meet customer service demands and plans for future growth. Frost was previously the owner of Frost Process Equipment Technical Resources, where he consulted with customers on technical issues with the purchase, upgrade and relocation of capital semiconductor equipment. He also worked as an installation engineer for Direct Source Surplus, as well as a key account service manager and a senior field service engineer for Veeco Instruments.