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The National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Association (NFRA) elected the association officers and members of its board of directors for 2015-16 at the trade organization's annual membership meeting and luncheon, held Oct. 12 in Dallas. The meeting took place during the NFRA Convention at the city's Hilton Anatole hotel.
The new chairman of the board is Scott Rouse, chief customer officer of Springdale, Ark.-based Tyson Foods Inc. A member of the board since 20015, Rouse has previously served as vice chairman-frozen (2010-13), secretary (2013-14) and chairman-elect (2014-15). During the convention, he was also inducted into the industry's Distinguished Order of Zerocrats. Over his 10 years with Tyson, Rouse has held such roles as VP of grocery and SVP of customer development. In his current role at Tyson, he's responsible for a 500-member team dedicated to serving the brand's customers. Before joining Tyson, Rouse spent 15 years in sales with the Dial Corp.
Other officers sworn in at the association’s 71st annual 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, The Kellogg Co., vice chairman-frozen; and Kristina Cole, WhiteWave Foods, vice chairman-refrigerated.
Newly elected to the board were Dave Damrath, Tops Markets; Bob Dernbach, Southeast Food Distribution; Tim Heil; Schwan’s Consumer Brands; Dave Howlett, Wakefern Food Corp.; 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 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.
Harrisburg, Pa.-based NFRA is a nonprofit trade association representing all segments of the frozen and refrigerated food industry.