Weinbrenner named CEO of Golden Heritage Foods

Doug Weinbrenner, Hillsboro, has been named chief executive officer of Golden Heritage Foods, LCC, by the company?s board of directors.

He succeeds Dwight Stoller, who announced his resignation Monday because of health concerns.

Stoller plans to continue his involvement in the industry and will also remain vice chairman of the board.

?It has been a great privilege to serve as CEO here at Golden Heritage Foods,? Stoller said. ?I feel that this transition will allow me more time to focus on the center points of my life: faith and family.?

Stoller?s involvement with the company began as a participant in his family?s business, W. Stoller?s Honey, started in 1952.

In 1980, Stoller became president and general manager of the company. He remained president until 2002 when he merged the company with Kansas-based Barkman Honey Company to form Golden Heritage Foods, LLC.

Brent Barkman, chairman of the board, said, ?On behalf of everyone at Golden Heritage Foods, I am deeply grateful to Dwight for his unwavering commitment to Golden Heritage Foods and for his personal friendship. His leadership and character have left indelible marks on the organization.?

Weinbrenner was executive vice president and chief financial officer for Golden Heritage. He joined the company in 2000 after 15 years in public accounting. In his former role, Weinbrenner?s responsibilities included the oversight of procurement, operations, quality, human resources, accounting and finance.

?We are fortunate to have an executive, with the experience and leadership ability that Doug Weinbrenner exemplifies, ready to assume the position of CEO,? Stoller said. ?I am very confident that the company will continue to prosper under his leadership.?

Golden Heritage Foods, with plants in Hillsboro and in Latty, Ohio, is one of the leading packers and distributors of honey in the retail and food service markets. It distributes under various brand names nationwide, including its own brand of honey, Busy Bee.

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