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IDDBA elects new officers and board


October 8, 2015
By Laura Aiken

Madison, WI — The International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association elected the 2015-2016 officers and board of directors at their annual business meeting held in Chicago.

John Cheesman, vice president of business development, Clyde’s Delicious Donuts, was elected as the association’s chairman of the board. He has served on the board of directors since 2006 and has been actively involved in many committees. David Leonhardi, director of tradeshows, tours and events for Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, continues to serve on the board of directors as past chairman.

Other new officers for 2015-2016 are: executive vice chairman — Jewel Hunt, group vice president akery, Safeway; vice chairman — Erik Waterkotte, senior director of sales, Columbus Foods; and treasurer — Rick Findlay, vice president of purchasing, Whole Foods Market.

Industry leaders elected to serve three-year terms on the IDDBA board of directors are: Jim Antrup, vice president of sales, Dawn Food Products; William G. Klump, chief marketing officer, Butterball; Eric A. Le Blanc, vice president of marketing, Tyson Foods; Edward R. Meyer, group vice president of meat, seafood, and bakery, Schnuck Markets; Mark Rudy, vice president of sales, Hubert Company; Jerry A. Suter, vice president of fresh merchandising, Meijer; Dotty VanderMolen, senior account executive, Waypoint; and Voni A. Woods, vice president of deli bakery, Giant Eagle.

Other board members currently serving are:  Gaetano Auricchio, BelGioioso Cheese; Curt Coolidge, ConAgra/Lamb Weston; Linda Duwve, Emmi Roth USA; Rick Findlay, Whole Foods Market; Glenn E. Harmon, Pricesmart; Tim Holler, Schreiber Foods; Jennifer Johnson, Hormel Foods; David Leonhardi, Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board; Ray Lippert, Bakery Crafts; Peter A. Sirgy, Reser’s Fine Foods; Joe Squires, Land O’Lakes; Philippe Surget, Lactalis American Group; Erik Waterkotte, Columbus Foods; and John Wellenzohn, Rich Products.

The IDDBA is a non-profit membership organization serving the dairy, deli, bakery, cheese, and supermarket foodservice industries.