rican Pie Council has relocated its offices here from Denver and has named Linda Hoskins executive director. Prior to joining the council, Hoskins had her own consulting firm, based in Houston. Before that, she had worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs and for various community organizations. As executive director of the American Pie Council, she replaces Bonnie West, who has left the organization.
In another move, the Council has appointed Patti Quinn to the newly created position of associate director. Quinn has had experience in community promotional activities. They can be reached at the Council's new address: 1200 Central Ave., Suite 360, Wilmette, IL 60091.
OMAHA, Neb. -- The James Skinner Baking Co., a manufacturer of high-end, fully baked, frozen Danish dough products, has promoted Audie Keaton, director of operations, to vice president of operations, a post that had been vacant for more than two years.
Keaton, with the company seven years, planned and implemented the transfer of manufacturing operations from the former 28,000-square-foot facility two and a half miles away to a newly constructed, state-of-the-art, 75,000-square-foot plant here. The new site will enable the company to triple its production capacity, officials said.
Skinner Baking produces a variety of Danish pastries and coffee cakes for thaw and sell. With national distribution to supermarket in-store bakeries, the company numbers among its accounts Winn-Dixie Stores, Jacksonville, Fla., and several divisions of Kroger Co., Cincinnati. It also does some co-packing for major baking companies represented in the frozen food aisle.
CHICAGO -- Gold Standard Baking, a national supplier of signature baked goods, has appointed George Caparos to the new position of sales manager. Before taking the job, Caparos had been the sales manager for the Midwest branch of Naturally Fresh, a division of Eastern Foods. He has also handled the Chicagoland market for the food-service distributor Fox River Foods, and was the broker representative for three states while working at Knott & McKinley, a food-service brokerage firm. At Gold Standard, Caparos will be responsible for all bakery and deli sales activities in 20 states, and will report to Yianny "John" Caparos, director of sales and marketing.