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Turkey Hill Daily president Frey retires

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CINCINNATI — Kroger has announced the retirement of Quintin Frey, president of Turkey Hill Dairy. Frey began his career with Kroger at Turkey Hill Dairy in 1980 as a management trainee. He served in a variety of leadership roles before being promoted to serve as president in 1991.

"Quintin has been a great ambassador for the Turkey Hill brand and an important part of the Kroger leadership team," said Kroger chairman and CEO David B. Dillon. "The Kroger family extends our thanks and best wishes to Quintin and his family."

During Frey’s 22 years as president, Turkey Hill tripled in size and profitability and now sells products in 49 states, a dozen countries and three continents.

Kroger operates 2,424 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 31 states under two dozen local banner names including Kroger, City Market, Dillons, Jay C, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, Fry’s, King Soopers, QFC, Ralphs and Smith’s. The company also operates 786 convenience stores, 328 fine jewelry stores, 1,169 supermarket fuel centers and 37 food processing plants in the U.S.

Located in the rich farming country of Lancaster County, Pa., Turkey Hill Dairy produces the fourth largest-selling premium ice cream brand and one of the leading refrigerated iced tea brands in the nation. The dairy sells its products in a market that extends along the East Coast from Maine to Florida, and as far west as Oregon, Washington and Alaska.

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Former Express exec new VP, HR at Quantum Health

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Quantum Health has appointed former Express executive Elliott R. Tobias as the company’s VP of human resources.

"Elliott has a strong background in talent acquisition and management, as well as change management — skills which make him well-suited to lead Quantum Health’s organizational development and growth, as we continue our quest to be the best loved brand in healthcare," said CEO Kara Trott. "We’re particularly excited about Elliott’s deep retail background. His experience at national consumer brands will integrate seamlessly with our own customer service-based model, especially as healthcare becomes more consumer-driven."

At Quantum, Tobias, who was EVP of human resources for Express, will be responsible for developing and executing strategies for talent acquisition and retention, leadership development, performance management and cultural support. He will lead efforts to assimilate talent into the company’s culture and values structure, and to ensure stability of the company’s differentiated business model of organizing work through socially cohesive teams. He and his team will also oversee recruitment and hiring, compensation and benefits, on-boarding and training, employee relations and communications and benefits administration.

"Quantum Health has created an award-winning workplace where tightly-connected teams interact to deliver the very best care management possible, while balancing the demands of a high-growth business," said Tobias. "Kara and the Quantum Health leadership team run an unbelievable company — a place where careers flourish and teams support each other in extraordinary ways. I can’t imagine anyplace else I would rather be."

Tobias has nearly 30 years of human resources experience. At Express, he led all aspects of the retailer’s human resources function for its 16,000 employees across the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada. Prior to that, Tobias held numerous senior leadership roles in human resources with Limited Brands from 2001 to 2007 and with Macy’s from 1986 to 2001.

He earned his bachelor of science in business administration degree from Emmanuel College, and holds a master of business administration degree from Columbia University. He is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management and the Human Resources Association of Central Ohio, and is a former board member of the Northeast Human Resources Association. He resides with his family in New Albany, Ohio.

Founded in Columbus in 1999, Quantum Health is a care management and health improvement company serving the health care needs of more than 375,000 members at nearly 80 self-funded public and private sector organizations, including hospital systems, manufacturers, coalitions, school districts, technology, entertainment and retail companies across the U.S.

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ConAgra exec receives IFMA’s foodservice award

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CHICAGO — The International Foodservice Manufacturers Association honored ConAgra VP of strategic projects William J. Caskey with the trade association’s newly established Distinguished Foodservice Executive Award.

Caskey received the award for his dedication to the foodservice industry and his service on the IFMA board of directors during the National Restaurant Association Show week in Chicago, Ill.

"Not only has he been a devoted leader at ConAgra Foods, but Bill has also shown a strong commitment to IFMA and the entire foodservice industry," said Larry Oberkfell, president and CEO, IFMA. "We are grateful for his involvement and continued support."

Caskey joined the IFMA board in 2007 and served on the executive committee from 2010-2011. He had prior service as an IFMA director from 1986-1989. He joined ConAgra Foods in 1998, and has held several positions there and at Lamb Weston, before being appointed VP of strategic projects. Caskey currently serves as a board member of the National Restaurant Association and the Ronald McDonald House in Boise, Idaho.

"I am truly honored and humbled to have received this recognition from IFMA for service to the foodservice industry," Caskey said. "IFMA has been a great organization with which to work given their commitment to helping manufacturers, distributors and operators address the issues facing the industry every day."

Prior to joining ConAgra Foods, Caskey built a strong foundation of foodservice experience at companies, such as Rykoff Sexton, Campbell Soup Company, Nestlé Foods and Carnation Company. In addition to his work with IFMA, Bill has served as a board member or advisor to IFDA, NAMA, FSMA and the CIA. He is a veteran of the United States Navy and a graduate of Auburn University.

Established in 1952, the IFMA is a leading foodservice trade association made up of more than 300 of the world’s food, equipment and supply manufacturers in the $600 billion foodservice industry. Membership also includes marketing service organizations, trade publications, distributors and brokers.

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