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Frontier Management Team

Frontier has assembled a team of managers with both the business skills and personal qualities to maintain the high standards for products, service and responsibility that have been the company's tradition.

Tony BedardTony Bedard, Chief Executive Officer

Tony Bedard joined Frontier Natural Products Co-op in 1991 as head of Operations and was named CEO in 2003. Tony has been a member of the Organic Trade Association Board of Directors since 2008 and currently serves as Treasurer. He holds a B.A. from the University of Northern Iowa and an M.S. in Manufacturing Management from the GMI Engineering & Management Institute. Tony is a strong advocate of corporate social responsibility. He has traveled throughout the world to visit small-scale organic growers in conjunction with Frontier's Well Earth program, and he has supported dozens of community building projects in our grower communities.

Dave BealDave Beal, Vice President of Operations

Dave Beal started with Frontier as the Vice President of Operations in 2012. He was previously the president of MetroGroup. He has extensive knowledge and experience in LEAN Manufacturing, Toyota Production System (TPS) and World Class Manufacturing. Dave holds a B.A. from Iowa Wesleyan College and an MBA from the University of Iowa.

Cole DailyCole Daily, Vice President of Global Sourcing

Cole has been with Frontier since 1991, working in various positions within purchasing and operations management. He spent four months in Weaverville as a member of the transition team following Frontier's acquisition of Aura Cacia. He also worked with the sale of the Frontier organic coffee business. As the purchasing director, Cole helped Frontier grow its pioneering organic spice business into one of the largest in the United States by developing strong relationships with organic suppliers around the world. He holds a B.A. from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and an M.B.A. from the University of Iowa.

Carla DeWaltCarla DeWalt, Vice President of Finance

Carla joined Frontier in 2012 to lead Frontier's Finance and Information System teams. With over 20 years of experience in the financial management of food manufacturing businesses. Carla has held progressive finance and accounting roles within several major food industry organizations. Her experience spans external and internal financial reporting, operations and corporate accounting, commodity risk management, and Sarbanes-Oxley internal control compliance. Carla holds a Bachelor's of Science in Agricultural Economics from Kansas State University and a MBA from the University of Kansas. She is also a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Missouri.

Ravin DonaldDr. Ravin Donald, Vice President of Quality

Ravin has been with the company since 1999 and leads Frontier's Quality and Research and Development teams. Prior to joining Frontier, Ravin spent eight years working as a scientist. His research career includes a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Iowa and work with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Geological Survey. Ravin holds a Ph.D. in Biology from Northern Arizona University, and also has a Master's Degree and Bachelor's degrees in Microbiology and Electrical Engineering.

Dave KarpickDave Karpick, Vice President of Marketing

Dave joined Frontier in 2012, bringing more than 20 years of consumer marketing experience to the co-op. His experience includes leading brand marketing and innovation groups and holding a variety of positions in consumer products and food businesses — both large organizations and small ones such as a food company start-up featuring grass-fed fresh beef. Dave has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from University of Notre Dame and an MBA in Marketing from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Clint LandisClint Landis, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer

Clint has over twenty years of experience in business management — twelve of those years marketing consumer-packaged goods in both the traditional grocery and the natural food industries. He has held the positions of Product Manager, Category Manager, Director of Marketing, VP of Marketing, and Chief Marketing Officer. Clint first started at Frontier in 1993 as the Category Manager for the co-op's aromatherapy lines and currently oversees all marketing activities for the company. Clint has an MBA from the University of Iowa.

Kathy LarsonKathy Larson, Vice President of Sustainability

Kathy has worked at Frontier since 1980. She has been a member of the co-op's management team from its first formation, and she served two terms on Frontier's Board of Directors. She has held a variety of management positions in purchasing, quality assurance, research and development, marketing and social responsibility. She developed and implemented Frontier's sustainability program in 2006 and continues to direct and expand the program. She is currently the Frontier's Vice President of Sustainability and a member of the Board of Directors for the Sustainable Food Trade Association (SFTA). Kathy travels to Europe, South America, Australia and Asia to visit botanical suppliers and establish organic and sustainable programs for Frontier. Kathy is an herbalist, an aromatherapist, and a strong advocate of organic agriculture.

Hugo ValldejuliHugo Valldejuli, Vice President of Information Technology

Hugo Valldejuli came to Frontier in 2013 with over 30 years of experience in information technology and business operations. He has served in senior management and as a consultant for numerous Fortune 500 companies. Among his accomplishments, he designed Internet-based customer service applications that became the standard at the world's largest Internet retailers. Hugo also founded and operated an Internet data company and ran his own successful IT consulting company. He has been quoted by leading industry publications, and is a frequent guest speaker at international IT events covering a wide array of industry subjects. He has a computer science/marketing degree from Sacred Heart University in Connecticut, and an MBA in Global Management from the University of Phoenix.

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