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IDDBA Elects 2015-16 Officers, Board Of Directors


The International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association (IDDBA) recently elected its 2015-16 officers and board of directors at its annual business meeting in Chicago.

John Cheesman, VP 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 trade shows, tours and events for Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, continues to serve on the board as past chairman.

Other new officers for 2015-16 are: Executive Vice Chairman Jewel Hunt, group VP-bakery, Safeway; Vice Chairman Erik Waterkotte, senior director of sales, Columbus Foods; and Treasurer Rick Findlay, VP of purchasing, Whole Foods Market.

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

Other than David Leonhardi and Erik Waterkotte, board members continuing to serve include 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; Jewel Hunt, Safeway; Jennifer Johnson, Hormel Foods Corp.; Ray Lippert, Bakery Crafts; Peter A. Sirgy, Reser’s Fine Foods; Joe Squires, Land O’Lakes; Philippe Surget, Lactalis American Group; and John Wellenzohn, Rich Products Corp.

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Kristen Cloud

A former newspaper editor and publisher, she once enjoyed leisurely perusing the grocery store aisles but, since having a baby in 2016, she is now an enthusiastic click-and-collect shopper.

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