Lisa Manzoline Of Reynolds Consumer Products Elected Chairman Of PLMA Board Of Directors

    Lisa Manzoline, Director, National Accounts for Reynolds Consumer Products, Inc., was elected to the position of Chairman of the Board of Directors of PLMA. The election took place in March during the association’s 2018 Annual Meeting and Leadership Conference in Bonita Springs, Florida.

    In acceptance remarks, Manzoline stressed the ways that the private label industry continues to change and proposed that retailers’ interests could best be served by suppliers who are prepared to offer something that their customers have yet to see or experience in store brands.

    Clay Dockery, Vice President Corporate Brands, Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA, was elected First Vice Chairman, and John Schaefer, Vice President, Sales, Aspen Products, Inc. was elected to the Second Vice Chairman post.

    Five individuals were elected to the Board for three-year terms from 2018-2021. They are: Dan Muller, Merisant; Kevin Kollach, Gehl Foods; Todd Mulane, Berner Food & Beverage; Marc Robinson, Global Tissue Group; and Kelly McGolrich, Shearer’s Foods. Elected to fill two vacancies on the Board, expiring 2020, were Troy Pelak, Perrigo Company, and Ron Hodges, McCain Foods USA, Inc. Linda Lee, C. H. Guenther & Son, Inc. was elected to fill a vacancy on the Board expiring 2019.

    Continuing members of the PLMA Board of Directors include: Kevin O’Flaherty, ASO, LLC; Jo Osborn, Bay Valley Foods LLC; Mike Cunningham, Dakota Growers Pasta Co.; Doug Bausch, LNK International; Evan Dobkins, Old Dutch Mustard Co., Inc.; Steve Morris, Paramount Coffee Co.; and Bill McKee, Simmons Pet Foods.

    Jim Shuster, The Shuster Group, continues to serve on the Board representing PLMA member brokers, while Bill McKay, Symrise, represents PLMA member suppliers.

    Former Chairman, Dean Erstad, Seneca Foods Corporation, continues to serve ex-officio as a member of the board, and Arthur Handler, Arthur M. Handler Law Offices, LLC, continues as General Counsel.

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    Christopher Durham
    Christopher Durham is the president of My Private Brand and the co-founder of The Vertex Awards. He is a strategist, author, consultant and retailer who built brands at Delhaize-owned Food Lion, and lead strategy and brand development for Lowe’s Home Improvement. He has consulted with retailers around the world on their private brand portfolios including: Family Dollar, Petco, Staples, Office Depot, Best Buy, Metro (Canada), TLW (Taiwan) and Hola (Taiwan). Durham has published five definitive books on private brands, including his first book, Fifty2: The My Private Brand Project. In 2017, he will debut his newest book, Vanguard: Vintage Originals, a visual tour of innovation and disruption in private brand going back to the mid-1800’s. Dynamic in his presentation while down to earth and frank in his opinions, he has presented at numerous conferences, including FUSE, The Dieline Conference, Packaging that Sells, Omnishopper and PLMA’a annual trade show in Chicago. Durham lives in Charlotte, NC with his wife, Laraine, and two daughters, Olivia and Sarah.