Monday, September 25, 2017

Florida Food Products Executives


Jim Holdreith - PresidentJim Holdrieth, 

Jim joined Florida Food Products in November 2016 as President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Holdrieth brings over 25 years of sales, operational, and M&A experience from the specialty chemical and food ingredient industries. Prior to joining Florida Food Products, Mr. Holdrieth held the position of Vice President and General Manager at Balchem, Inc. leading their food ingredients division. In addition, Mr. Holdrieth spent 10 years with SensoryEffects, Inc. as General Manager of the Specialty Powder division leading the acquisition and consolidation of several spray drying operations. Jim started his career with Ashland Chemical Company, Inc. eventually leading their Fine Ingredients division which was divested of to Mitsubishi International Food Ingredients where he served as Vice President of Operations. Mr. Holdrieth’s experience includes building and leading diverse specialty ingredient companies through rapid sales and commercial development, operational/process optimization, and development of new innovative technical platforms. He holds a Bachelor's of Science in Business Administration from The Ohio State University. Jim resides outside of Orlando with his wife Sharon and their (4) children: Maxx, Jake, Mara and Jordan.

Pavon SomaPavan Soma Ph.D,

Pavan joined Florida Food Products in 2012 as Director of Research. Dr. Pavan Soma handles identification, extraction and development of natural actives and process development for the company, and is a specialist in fermentation, product development, process optimization and scientific support of sales staff. Dr. Soma oversees lab technicians and third party research laboratories associated with the company, and is proficient in analytical analysis and hydrocolloid chemistry. Dr. Soma holds a Ph.D from the University of Maryland in Food Science and a BS in Food Engineering and Technology at the University of Mumbai, India.

Chris Carroll,

Chris joined Florida Food Products in February 2017 as Director of Supply Chain.  Mr. Carroll brings over 17 years of experience in supply chain, strategic planning, and operations.  Prior to this role, Chris held the position of Director of Strategic Planning at Valuation Litigation Services, Inc. leading their sustainable process deployment.  In addition, Chris led the Sales and Operations Planning process for CHEP North America.  Previously, he spent eight years in supply chain leadership positions across two different business units within HD Supply.  He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Transportation and Logistics from The Ohio State University and a Master of Business Administration from Amberton University.  Chris resides west of Orlando with his wife Amy and their (3) children: Daniel, Jeremiah, and Rachel.