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Bellevue, Wash.-based market research and consulting company The Hartman Group appointed Michelle Barry, Ph.D., as president of Tinderbox, Hartman's new group dedicated to culture, innovation and trends. Barry joined Hartman in 2000 as leader of the qualitative research team.

Piscataway, N.J.-based Sabinsa Corp. hired Bob Bremer as sales director, in charge of the eastern United States.

Dr. Jorn Dyerberg will be the medical and scientific adviser for omega-3 fish oils at Cognis Nutrition & Health, based in Cincinnati. Dyerberg is known as an expert on omega-3s.

Courtenay Turner was named product manager for amino acids for Kearny, N.J.-based Pharmachem Laboratories. Previously, Turner was a sales representative for Stauber Ingredients.

Salt Lake City-based Integrated Marketing Group appointed Clint Curry as public relations coordinator. Shuster Laboratories of Canton, Mass., hired Kathleen Jordan, R.D., as associate director of business development. Previously, Jordan was director of business development for dietary supplements and sports nutrition at NSF International.

Santa Barbara, Calif.-based New Sun Nutrition promoted Maigread Eichten, formerly chief operating officer, to president and chief executive officer. Dick Lamb, the company's founding CEO and major shareholder, will serve as nonexecutive chairman of the board.

Boulder, Colo.-based beverage company mix1 hired Robert Pinkerton as chief financial officer and COO. Pinkerton has more than 18 years of corporate development and executive-level finance experience. Mix1 also appointed Philip Weymouth III to its board of directors. Weymouth is a founding partner of Watch Hill Partners, a boutique merchant bank.

Monica McClintock, human resources director for Vernon, Calif.-based Albert's Organics, received the Delaware Valley HR Person of the Year award. McClintock was one of four winners out of more than 2,000 nominated HR professionals in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware. McClintock has been in HR for more than 20 years, and joined Albert's Organics in 2004. Albert's Organics also hired Lucinda Moeller as promotions manager.

Los Angeles-based nutrition company Jarrow Formulas hired Macy Alonso as a sales associate to bolster the company's presence in Florida. Alonso has 12 years of experience in nutrition retail and will be in charge of the Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach areas.

Flagstaff, Ariz.-based New Frontiers Natural Marketplace hired Dennis D'Andrea as store manager. D'Andrea was previously the store team leader at Whole Foods Market in Tempe, Ariz.

Lehi, Utah-based mangosteen supplement company XanGo named founding partner Gordon Morton president of sales and marketing. Morton was previously chief marketing officer. XanGo also promoted John Digles from senior vice president of sales and marketing to chief marketing officer.

La Farge, Wis.-based Organic Valley's founding farmer and board president Wayne Peters was awarded the co-op's highest honor, the Ray Hass Organic Pioneer Award, at Organic Valley's 19th annual meeting. The award acknowledges the recipient's devotion to organic farming and to the cooperative. Peters and his two sons own and operate Peters Farm, an organic farm in Chaseburg, Wis.

Oakland, Calif.-based Niman Ranch hired Michael Cummings as director of sales for the natural channel and Robert Hoffman as retail account manager. Both spent much of their careers at Wild Oats.

Santa Cruz, Calif.-based California Certified Organic Farmers hired Steve Lustgarden into a newly created position, assistant executive director. Lustgarden has more than 16 years' nonprofit management experience.

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