MADISON, Wis. -- The International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association (IDDBA) has inducted Ed Meyer, director deli/seafood carryout, Schnuck Markets, St. Louis, Mo., as president.
Meyer, an officer of the association for four years and a board member for the past six years, served last year as executive vice president. He now will serve the traditional one-year term as IDDBA's 34th president.
In addition to Meyer, a new slate of officers was installed at the meeting and four new board members were elected to serve a term that will expire in 2001.
New officers who will serve for 1998-99 are: executive vice president Don Nebhan, who is southern zone manager for Land O'Lakes, and based in Dallas; first vice president Bob Bova, president and owner of BB & Associates, a consulting firm in Fayetteville, Ark.; second vice president Michael Eardley, vice president of fresh foods, D&W Food Centers, Grand Rapids, Mich.; and treasurer Scott Hackbarth, vice president sales-special markets, Sargento Foods, Plymouth, Wis.
First vice president Bob Bova was also named to head up the ShowPlace committee which organizes the merchandising event that's a popular feature of the association's annual seminar and expo.
The following IDDBA members were newly elected to the board of directors this year: Regi Hise, director of education & training, Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board; Madison; Lee Ann LaBore, corporate deli merchandiser, SuperValu, Minneapolis; James Montel, vice president of marketing, cheese division, Dairy Farmers of America, Columbus, Ohio; and Dave Peterson, vice president, sales, Bel/Kaukauna, Kaukauna, Wis.
In his "state of the union" address at the business meeting, outgoing president Bob Gilbert listed some of highlights and achievements at IDDA this past year.
He particularly pointed to record-breaking registration figures for IDDBA's Dairy-Deli-Bake '98 seminar and expo in Philadelphia. Registrants totaled 6,615 compared to 5,804 in 1997. The 1998 show also had 823 exhibitor booths, up from 764 in 1997. Other record-breakers include corporate membership in IDDBA which is 1,139. That's compared to 1,092 in 1997.
Gilbert also described the success of the association's Web page, educational programs, and the development of the association's new logo.
"The IDDBA initials in the new logo are the columns of support for the college of knowledge we all attend in our professional careers," he said. He added that the new logo embodies IDDBA's purpose which is providing relevant knowledge for its members.