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Stonewall Kitchen Welcomes Rick Lees as New Chief Financial Officer

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up-to-date: Mar 16, 2020 01:00 EDT

Leading producer of specialty food items and house merchandise Stonewall Kitchen declared today that Rick Lees has joined the enterprise as Chief Money Officer. Expanding the executive management team, Stonewall Kitchen also declared the promotion of Natalie King to Chief Product sales & Marketing Officer and Dean Frost to Chief Working Officer. 

“With four acquisitions in the very last two years, Stonewall Kitchen has witnessed large growth,” claimed John Stiker, Chief Government Officer of Stonewall Kitchen. “It is essential to us that as our organization grows, our business scales together with it to assure we have the infrastructure, assets and management in location for ongoing growth and potential achievement. Bringing Rick on to head up our Finance Section will fortify us as a enterprise, as will the promotions of Natalie and Dean.”

Rick Lees joins Stonewall Kitchen with broad experience in the Client Items sector in corporate and operational finance. Most not too long ago, Lees was Ocean Spray’s Chief Money Officer for 8 years, escalating the now $2+ billion enterprise. Prior to Ocean Spray, Lees held other essential executive positions for nicely-known providers this sort of as Pillsbury, Dannon and Gillette. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Accountancy from Villanova College in Villanova, Pennsylvania.

“This is an remarkable new chapter for me,” claimed Lees. “What 1st captivated me to Stonewall Kitchen was the model – for me signifying excellent, authenticity and heritage in a way that number of manufacturers today can. I was also drawn to the people today and tradition of Stonewall Kitchen which operates in a fingers-on, extremely able surroundings. I am thrilled to be becoming a member of the enterprise in the course of these remarkable situations and glance forward to currently being a part of its potential successes.”

Ongoing Stiker, “I am also delighted to announce the promotion of equally Natalie King and Dean Frost. Natalie King, sister of Stonewall Kitchen’s founder, Jonathan King, has been with the enterprise for 24 years. She has labored tirelessly to assure the achievement of all profits and promoting functions. Formerly our Government Vice President, Natalie has been promoted to Chief Product sales & Marketing Officer, where by she will be responsible for continuing to generate lucrative earnings growth and unforgettable model ordeals via our several channels. On top of that, Dean Frost, a 9-calendar year veteran of Stonewall Kitchen, has been promoted from Director of Logistics to Chief Working Officer. From component and packaging sourcing, to manufacturing across multiple facilities, to shipping and delivery to the buyer or guest, Dean will assure all aspects of our functions are executed as effectively and successfully as feasible, all even though sustaining the excellent requirements on which Stonewall Kitchen has built its name.” 

Concluded Stiker, “I could not be extra energized to operate together with this team of leaders right here, as we go on to glance for new approaches to expand and new specialty manufacturers to insert to our family members.”

About Stonewall Kitchen

Stonewall Kitchen is a top producer of specialty food items and house merchandise headquartered in York, Maine. Founded in 1991 by partners Jonathan King and Jim Stott, the two proven the Stonewall Kitchen model by providing jams and jellies at local farmers’ marketplaces with a flavorful line of distinct and superior excellent items. Above time, they expanded the model to contain sauces, condiments, crackers and baking mixes, generally concentrating on ground breaking solution improvement, lovely packaging, and excellent guest assistance. Today, Stonewall Kitchen is a family members of specialty food and life-style items, with top quality excellent manufacturers together with the flagship Stonewall Kitchen model the Tillen Farms model of pickled greens and cocktail cherries the Vermont Village model of natural apple sauce and apple cider vinegars the Village Candle model of fragranced candles, items and accessories the Napa Valley Naturals model of olive oils, culinary oils, balsamic vinegars and wine vinegars the Montebello model of artisan natural pasta imported from Italy and the Lawful Sea Food items model of restaurant-excellent seafood sauces and condiments. The enterprise features extra than 8,500 wholesale accounts nationwide and internationally a flourishing catalog and online division a cooking faculty and café in equally York, Maine and Costa Mesa, California and nine retail Enterprise Merchants in the course of New England. As winners of 30 prestigious awards from the Specialty Food stuff Association and the receiver of the coveted Excellent Item Line Honors 3 situations, Stonewall Kitchen is very pleased to be just one of the most awarded specialty food providers in the state. 

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Source: Stonewall Kitchen, LLC