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 came to Frontier in 1991 and subsequently held positions of increasing responsibility in Operations. He has been Frontier's CEO since 2003. Prior to joining the company, Tony was a Production Manager with Winnebago Industries. Tony holds a B.A. from the University of Northern Iowa and an M.S. in Manufacturing Management from Kettering University.
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 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 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 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.
Nancy came to Frontier in 2004 and has held positions of increasing responsibility in the Human Resources department since then. She was promoted to HR Director in 2006. Nancy has seventeen years of human resources experience, including several years of generalist and HR management experience in manufacturing environments. She also managed a small full-service grocery store for nine years. Nancy has a B.A. in Business Administration from Coe College and has taken graduate courses at the University of Iowa. She also has certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources from the HRCI Institute and has been a member of national and local SHRM chapters for over seven years.
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 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 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.
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