NFRA elects officers, directors for 2015-16

The National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Association (NFRA) elected its officers and members of the board of directors for 2015-2016 at its 71st annual Membership Meeting and Luncheon held October 12 in Dallas TX. The Membership Meeting was held during the National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Convention at the Hilton Anatole.

Scott Rouse, chief customer officer, Tyson Foods Inc, has been elected NFRA chairman of the board. Rouse has served on this board since 2005. He served as vice-chairman–frozen from 2010-2013, secretary from 2013-2014, and chairman-elect from 2014-2015. Rouse also was installed as a new member of the Distinguished Order of Zerocrats during the NFRA convention. He has been with Tyson Foods for 10 years and has served in roles including vice-president of grocery and senior vice-president of customer development. Before his roles with Tyson, Rouse had a 15-year sales career with the Dial Corporation.

Other officers sworn in at the NFRA meeting were Joy Sgro, C&S Wholesale Grocers, chairman-elect; John Farmer, Dairy Farmers of America, secretary; Ray Tarnowski, Philadelphia Warehouse & Cold Storage, treasurer; Dave Jones, Kellogg Company, vice-chairman–frozen; and Kristina Cole, WhiteWave Foods, vice-chairman–refrigerated.

Newly elected to the NFRA board were Dave Damrath, Tops Markets; Bob Dernbach, Southeast Food Distribution; Tim Heil; Schwan’s Consumer Brands; Dave Howlett, Wakefern Food Corporation; Joe Kent, InnovAsian Cuisine Enterprises; Randall King, Lowes Food Stores; Bob Knodle, H P Hood LLC; Paul Peterson, Lactalis Retail Dairy; and Mike Ridenour, The Kraft Heinz Food Group.

Elected for a second term on the NFRA board were Brian Haley, Burris Logistics; Steve Mayle, General Mills; Marty Steinmetz, United States Cold Storage; Ken Stubbs, Florida’s Natural Growers; and Jimmy Taylor, ConAgra Foods.

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