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Motter Steps Down As Van’s Kitchen CEO

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From left to right: Carl Motter, Theresa Motter and Belinda Hampton.

Dallas-based Van’s Kitchen has announced Theresa Motter has decided to step down as CEO. The company has appointed Motter’s brother, Apollo Nguyen, as interim CEO, effective immediately. 

“Theresa took over the family business as CEO nearly a decade ago. Without her leadership, Van’s Kitchen would not be one of the country’s most successful egg roll manufacturers,” Nguyen said. “Theresa successfully navigated the company through the pandemic while increasing sales and maintaining employee retention. We are grateful for the exceptional leadership Theresa brought to Van’s Kitchen.”

Nguyen helped grow the company for more than two decades, and will help lead the company through this transition. The board of directors will engage an executive search firm to hire a long-term CEO.

“Van’s Kitchen began and will continue to be a family-owned and -operated business. My brother Apollo will now steer the company and work with the board to hire the next CEO to lead Van’s Kitchen into the future,” Motter said. “Our company’s success demonstrates what hard-working families and dedicated employees can accomplish together. I am incredibly proud of our legacy.” 

Van’s Kitchen has provided value to customers and sustainable jobs to their community for more than three decades. With its expansion into more than 10,000 retailers nationwide, the company is planning for the future. 

Van’s Kitchen, the flagship brand of VAN Oriental Food, is a certified family- and minority-owned egg roll manufacturer that supplies to supermarkets and convenience stores nationwide. Van’s Kitchen’s egg rolls are produced with quality ingredients. 

The Shelby Report caught up with Van’s Kitchen at the IDDBA convention in Atlanta, Georgia. To read the full story, click here.

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