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Wisdom Natural Brands, based in Mesa, Ariz., appointed Harry A. Bradford director of sales. Bradford brings 20 years of senior-level pharmaceutical sales experience to the position and was most recently with GlaxoSmithKline.

Paul Bolar of Pharmavite LLC and Joe LaPlaca of Roche Vitamins Inc. were awarded ?CRN (Steuben) Apples? during the Council for Responsible Nutrition?s 2003 Annual Conference. The Apple is the CRN?s highest award, presented annually to individuals who have demonstrated long-term commitment and gone above the call of duty for CRN and the dietary supplements industry. Bolar is the long-time chairman of the CRN Regulatory Affairs Committee and Product Stewardship Task Force. LaPlaca is an active member of the CRN Board of Directors, Executive Committee and International Trade and Market Development Committee.

Also, the Council for Responsible Nutrition announced three new board members: Samuel Caster of Mannatech Inc., Benoit Cossart of Rhodia Inc., and Mike Vaughan of Nashai Biotech LLC.

Cargill Health & Food Technologies of Minneapolis promoted Steve Snyder to vice president of sales and marketing. In this new position, Snyder will have global responsibility for all sales and marketing activities in the business unit.

Los Angeles-based Jarrow Formulas Inc. hired Verne Conerton as its Washington, D.C., sales representative. Conerton, who has 25 years of experience in the nutrition industry, previously worked for Zia Cosmetics and Rainbow Natural Foods.

Denver-based American Humane brought its Free Farmed program in-house under the management of Elena Metro, former executive director of the Colorado Pork Producers Council. Metro brings to the position 15 years of experience in agriculture.

Honest Tea owner and co-founder Seth Goldman was the winner of the Visa Business-Inc. 2003 ?Dream Big? contest, a nationwide search for creative and innovative entrepreneurs who have achieved their small-business dreams. Goldman was chosen as the small-business role model for the discipline and passion he brings to his Bethesda, Md.-based bottled natural tea company.

Houston-based Himalaya USA co-founder, President and CEO Philip Duterme has stepped down to be succeeded by Joseph Chimbel, Himalaya?s vice president of sales and marketing. Chimbel has more than 25 years of experience in consumer marketing of health products.

United Natural Foods appointed Rick Antonelli president of the Western region and Michael Beaudry to the new position of vice president of operations. Also, Di Ann Sanchez has been appointed to the newly created position of vice president of human resources.

Elizabeth H. Avery, senior director of government relations in ConAgra Foods? Washington office, will join the Grocery Manufacturers of America as vice president of governmental affairs. Avery will manage the state affairs group, the consumer products policy committee and serve as GMA?s representative on the executive board of the American Council for Fitness and Nutrition. Avery also will direct GMA?s federal affairs activities related to member-company business issues.

ZeaVision LLC of St. Louis hired Terry B. Hatfield as its new president. Hatfield brings to the position more than 30 years? experience in the food and nutraceutical business. Hatfield will also be a key member of the executive committee.

Austin, Texas-based Whole Foods Market Inc. announced that Margaret Wittenberg has expanded her role from vice president of governmental and public affairs. She will now also lead the marketing, public relations and consumer research efforts in a newly created position.

Salt Lake City?s Integrated Marketing Group appointed Jeremy Kartchner as public relations counsel. Kartchner worked as a media manager for the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the Olympic Winter Games of 2002. He will be responsible for managing public relations and marketing activities for several IMG clients.

Bob?s Red Mill Natural Foods of Milwaukie, Ore., named Peter Kochanowski regional sales manager for the Northeast region. Kochanowski has almost 30 years of experience in the food industry, most recently serving as regional sales manager for Seeds of Change.

Natural Foods Merchandiser volume XXV/number 1/p. 68

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