Management Team

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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

Tony Bedard

Chief Executive Officer

Tony Bedard joined Frontier Co-op in 1991 as head of Operations and was named Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in 2003. Prior to Frontier Co-op, Tony worked at Winnebago Industries in a variety of operational roles.

Tony leads Frontier Co-op’s mission to nourish people and planet that is rooted in corporate social responsibility. He believes that businesses can be a force for change and that doing good can have a positive impact on a company’s performance.

Tony has been recognized numerous times for leading Frontier Co-op's mission driven work including receiving the Oscar C. Schmidt Business Leadership Award given out by the University of Iowa's Tippie School of Business. Tony holds a B.A. from the University of Northern Iowa and an M.S. in Manufacturing Management from Kettering University.

In his personal life, Tony has led more than 25 humanitarian missions to El Salvador and Haiti to support projects in the areas of education, clean water, and healthcare. 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 Co-op's Well Earth program, and he has supported dozens of community building and business building projects in our grower communities.

 

 


Ravin Donald

Ravin Donald, Ph.D.

Senior Vice President of Technical Services

Ravin has been ensuring food safety and quality standards at Frontier since 1999, starting with the oversight of our instrumentation and quality labs and eventually developing the programs and standards that define our brands as quality and safety leaders in our industry. He manages teams that oversee all quality, product development and research efforts. Ravin started his career as a research scientist studying the preservation of the environment using biochemistry and naturally occurring microbes to clean up manmade contaminations. This focus area propelled Ravin’s work at Frontier, aligning nicely with our goal of minimizing our footprint on the planet. Ravin has B.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Microbiology, an M.S. in Biology, and a Ph.D. in Biology, all from Northern Arizona University. He is a post-doctoral fellow at the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Iowa.

 

 


Nicole Erickson

Nicole Erickson

Vice President of Finance

Nicole heads Frontier's finance department, aligning the business and finance strategy to grow the co-op while staying true to the Frontier mission and values. She leads business improvement initiatives such as company cost reduction, pricing execution and financial innovations. Her focus is driving positive change and continuous improvement through data collection, analytics, and collaboration. Nicole has a B.A. in Management Accounting from Alverno College and an M.B.A. from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. She is CPA certified and Six Sigma Green Belt certified.

 

 

 

 


Dave Karpick

Dave Karpick

Senior Vice President of Business Development

Dave has served the Co-op in various Sales and Marketing leadership roles since 2012. One highlight of his service is the creation of the Aura Cacia Positive Change Fund, which has directed nearly $1 million of support to organizations helping women transform their lives out of highly difficult situations. Currently, his primary responsibility is to identify and bring to life new revenue opportunities for the Co-op and its membership, with a focus on healthy-eating, food-based opportunities. Dave has a B.S. in Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and an M.B.A. from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

 

 

 


Laura Kuykendall

Laura Kuykendall

Vice President of Marketing

Laura has more than 25 years of consumer packaged goods leadership experience. Companies that have benefitted from her marketing expertise include Snyder’s of Hanover, Annie’s Homegrown, Applegate Farms and Boulder Brands. She has also worked in private equity with Factory LLC, investing in early-stage brands such as Honey Stinger, Pipcorn and Stuffed Puffs and partnering with them to rapidly scale their business. Laura serves as an advisor for the Gilliam Center for Entrepreneurship at James Madison University and as a mentor for Shenandoah Valley Start-Up, both in Virginia. Laura is passionate about applying her knowledge of brand strategy and product innovation to health and wellness brands and mentoring the next generation of marketers. Laura holds a BA in Communication and an MBA from James Madison University.

 

 


Clint Landis

Clint Landis

Senior Vice President of Business Development

Clint has helped Frontier’s co-op members achieve their goals since 1993, when he helped cultivate the natural products industry’s growing demand for high quality essential oils as the category manager for Frontier’s early aromatherapy product lines. He currently leads the sales and marketing teams on the Food and Flavorings side of our business, which are anchored by the Frontier and Simply Organic brands of spices and seasonings. With 25-plus years of experience in branded sales and marketing in traditional grocery and natural foods, Clint relishes the process of working with teams to nurture ideas born from needs, and craft them into innovative, sustainably sourced food products. Clint has a B.A. in Political Science from Mount Mercy University and an M.B.A. from the University of Iowa’s Tippie College of Business.

 

 


Senior Vice President of Sales

Todd Minichilli

Senior Vice President of Sales

Todd leads our sales team for both branded and private label items across both the Food and Flavorings and Aromatherapy product lines. Todd is new to Frontier Co-op as of January 2020 and comes to us with over 28 years of sales and sales leadership experience in the CPG industry. He is an experienced leader with a demonstrated, successful history of working with large CPG brands as well as better for you, natural and organic consumer goods. Todd has worked with various brands for companies like Smucker’s, Georgia-Pacific, Kellogg’s as well as GoGo squeeZ, Angie’s Boomchickapop and No Cow. Although a native Minnesotan, Todd now resides in Tampa, FL. Todd has Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

 

 


Eduardo Pulido

Eduardo Pulido

Vice President of Information Technology

Eduardo leads Frontier's Information Technology Services, with the vision of expanding business capabilities, while supporting the company's strategy, mission, and values. He drives innovation in business process transformation, simplifies technology to optimize the cost of ownership, and develops the capabilities of the IT team. His focus is on building trust among team members and departments, designing systems to speed up decision making, based on reliable information and IT services. Eduardo has a B.A. in Software Engineering from the San Martin de Porres University of Lima, Peru, double certification in Production and Organizational Methods from Pontificia Universidad Catolica, Lima, Peru and Project Management from Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico.

 

 


Megan Schulte

Megan Schulte

Vice President of Human Resources

Megan helps every Frontier employee find and maintain a career path through training and development opportunities designed specifically for the roles and needs of our industry. She manages recruiting strategies and staffing projections while overseeing our Human Resources department. Her team is focused on nurturing Frontier’s unique culture and work/life balance through an array of programs and benefits like our on-site childcare and our organic café. Megan has a B.A. from the University of Iowa and an M.B.A. from Mount Mercy University.

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