Jeffrey R. Geygan
Chair of the Board
Mr. Geygan became a director in August 2021. Mr. Geygan has served as a director of the Wayside Technology Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: WSTG) since February 2018, and as Board Chair since May 2018. Mr. Geygan has served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Global Value Investment Corp. an investment research and advisory services firm, since he founded it in 2007. Prior to founding GVIC, Mr. Geygan served as a Senior Portfolio Manager at UBS Financial Services. Mr. Geygan has taught undergraduate and graduate-level courses at IE University in Madrid, Spain, the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee Lubar School of Business, and the College of Charleston. He serves on the Advisory Board of the University of Wisconsin – Madison Department of Economics. Mr. Geygan received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Wisconsin. The Board believes that his qualifications to serve on the Board include his skills in developing business strategy, and years of experience with capital markets and the finance industry.
Director and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Sarlls joined the Company in May 2022. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Sarlls was employed by Wyandot, Inc., where he served as President & CEO for the preceding six years. In that time, he helped transform Wyandot from a regional contract manufacturer to a nationally recognized, B Corp certified market leader of plant-based, better for you snack foods. He is a recognized industry leader, recently serving as Chairman of SNAC International, the leading trade association for the global snack industry.Prior to his employment with Wyandot, Inc., Mr. Sarlls previously spent almost half a decade with John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc. (NASDAQ:JBSS), one of the largest nut processors in the world with over $800 million in sales. Prior to JBSS he was a senior advisor to domestic and international food and beverage businesses with several firms, most notably Rabobank, one of the largest financial institutions dedicated to the global food, beverages, and agribusiness space. He currently serves on the Board of Mennel Milling Company. He is a graduate of Harvard College.
Mr. Arreaga became a director in October 2021. Mr. Arreaga has served as Senior Vice President of Chief Supply Chain of The Kroger Co. since October 2020. Previously, Mr. Arreaga served as Senior Vice President, Integrated Supply Chain North America of Mondelez International, Inc. from August 2018 to September 2020. Prior to that time, he served as Vice President of Global Supply Chain of Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. from July 2016 to August 2018. From January 2003 to June 2016, Mr. Arreaga held multiple positions of increasing responsibility at Unilever, including Vice President, Supply Chain & Product Group. Mr. Arreaga received his MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration / INCAE Business School, Costa Rica and his Bachelor of Science in Business and Finance from Guilford College / Universidad del Valle de Nicaragua, Nicaragua. Mr. Arreaga brings vast experience in the areas of supply chain, manufacturing and operations to the Board, given his local and global experience in both confectionary and non-confectionary businesses.
Mr. Riegel became a director in October 2021. Mr.Riegel is a veteran of the confection industry. Since 2021, Mr.Riegel has served as the President and CEO of FroDo Baking Company, LLC. FroDo Baking Company is a national manufacturer and distributor of frozen dough products, as well as other baked goods, to leading retailers. Prior to his role as President and CEO of FroDo Baking Company, LLC, Mr.Riegel served as Vice President of Marketing for Russell Stover Chocolates, a supplier of candy and chocolate, from 2017 to 2020, where he had commercial accountability related to all marketing efforts for an over $500million organization. In addition, he was selected to attend the Lindt & Sprungli Senior Leadership Program. From January 2014 to November 2017, Mr.Riegel served at various roles Ferrara Candy Company, a sweet snacking company, to include Vice President of Iconic Brands. From 2007 to 2014, Mr.Riegel served in various management positions with Kraft Foods Group. Mr.Riegel served as an Army Officer from 2002 to 2007. He earned his BS in Engineering at the United States Military Academy and completed an MBA at the Kellogg School of Management. We believe Mr.Riegel’s extensive business experience, especially with confection companies, qualifies him to serve as a director of the Company.
Brett P. Seabert
Mr. Seabert has served on the Board since April 2017. Mr. Seabert, a Certified Public Accountant (“CPA”), has been primarily engaged in business management, operations, finance and administration since 1989. Mr. Seabert currently serves in various capacities, including as a director or executive officer of various companies, including Tanamera Construction, LLC, a high-end real estate development and construction company (since April 2007), TD Construction, LLC, a construction company (since September 2009), Caughlin Club Management Partners, LLC, a health and tennis club and preschool owner and operator (since July 2008), and B&L Investments, Inc., a management and holding company (since March 2003). From 2001 to 2008, Mr. Seabert served as Chief Financial and Operating Officer of Tanamera Commercial Development, LLC. Between 1989 and 2001, Mr. Seabert served in various positions at CMS International, an owner and management company operating several casinos, in the US and one in the Caribbean, most recently as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, including oversight of internal audit, risk management and human resource functions. Mr. Seabert has been primarily engaged in commercial and residential real estate development and construction since 2001. From 1984 to 1989, Mr. Seabert was a practicing CPA with Deloitte & Touche LLP.
Sandra Elizabeth Taylor
Ms. Taylor became a director in October 2021. Ms. Taylor is a pioneer in corporate social responsibility and has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Sustainable Business International LLC, an independent consultancy she founded which specializes in environmental sustainability and social responsibility for global businesses, since 2008. Previously, Ms. Taylor served as Senior Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility for Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ: SBUX), the international coffee company and coffeehouse chain, from 2003 to 2008. From 1996 until 2003, Ms. Taylor served as Vice President and Director of Public Affairs for Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE: KODK), a technology company that produces imaging products with its historic basis on photography. She has also held senior leadership positions with a number of other organizations, including as Vice President of Public Affairs for ICI Americas, Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of chemical products, from 1987 to 1996, and as Executive Director of the European American Chamber of Commerce in the United States, from 1991 to 1992; and as Foreign Service Officer — International Economist, US Department of State. Ms. Taylor’s public company directorship experience includes service on the Board of Directors of Capella Education Company (NASDAQ: CPLA), an education services company, from 2006 to 2011, where she served on the Governance Committee and the Compensation Committee; and D.E. Master Blenders 1753 N.V. (SWX: DEMB), a European coffee and tea company, from 2012 until its sale to Joh. A. Benckiser GmbH in 2013. In addition, Ms. Taylor currently sits on the board of several non-profit organizations, including the Center for International Private Enterprise, since 1998, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, since 2015; and Island Press since 2017. Ms. Taylor previously served on the board of the Mead Center — Arena Stage 2012 to 2017; Landesa Rural Development Institute, 2012 to 2018; the Seattle Public Library Foundation, from 2004 to 2008; the Public Affairs Council, from 1997 to 2003; the National Center for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, from 2005 to 2009; the US Chamber of Commerce from 2001 to 2008; and the Women’s Leadership Board of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, from 1998 to 2009. Ms. Taylor earned a Juris Doctor degree from Boston University School of Law, a Bachelor of Arts in French from Colorado Women’s College and a Masters in Business Administration from the Bordeaux School of Management — Wine MBA Program. We believe Ms. Taylor’s prior experience as a director of numerous public companies and business expertise qualify her to serve as a director of the Company.