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Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Hires DeGrazzio
Los Angeles-based, specialty coffee and tea retailer the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, has hired Patty DeGrazzio as director of product management. DeGrazzio will head up the various new product development processes and quality assurance programs. Previously she was with Baskin-Robbins and their parent company, Allied-Domecq, for 24 years. She oversaw the rollout of the Baskin-Robbins espresso-based hot beverage program and helped expand the company’s product lines.
Island Oasis Names Curtain
Kelley Curtain has joined Oasis Frozen Cocktail Company, Inc’s marketing team. The Walpole, Massachusetts-based company, founded in 1983, provides members of the foodservice and beverage industries with frozen beverage mixes.

Curtain will assume the position of marketing and promotions coordinator and will be accountable for the strategic development and execution of consumer sampling campaigns. She will also be involved with strategic partnerships and brand management, as well as all Island Oasis marketing and promotion efforts.

Curtain joins the organization after four years with Alloy Marketing & Promotions of Boston, Massachusetts, where she most recently held the position of account manager.

John Conti Coffee Appointments
John Conti Coffee Co. has appointed Mike Jones as branch manager of the Louisville operation. Jones has 10 years of experience in all facets of Conti’s operation.

Larry Hollingsworth, company c.e.o., states, “Mike knows our business well. He has a sales, service and operations background. His previous experience with ConAgra helped him to develop his management skills, and gain additional corporate operating experience.”

John Conti Coffee Co. is currently undergoing several changes with the appointment of their new c.e.o. Larry Hollingsworth last year. The quest to gain market share will be strategically mapped out through corporate acquisitions, as well as individual account sales. “We are always looking to grow,” says John Conti, owner of John Conti Coffee Co. “We know that in order to maintain our position as the leader in our industry, we must continue to develop and recruit the very best people.”

Conti currently serves over 5,000 office, restaurant and institutional customers through its extensive route network throughout Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Tennessee and West Virginia.

NYBOT Appoints New Board of Governors
Maxine Champion has been re-appointed as a public member for a two-year term. Champion is president and founder of Washington, D.C. based Champion Strategies, which advises corporations in the areas of corporate strategies, communications and government relations.

Hugh R. Lamle has also been re-appointed as a public member for a two-year term.

Lamle is president of M.D. Sass Investors Services, Inc., and affiliated companies, involved in investment management.

Terrence F. Martell, has been re-appointed as a public member for a two-year term. Dr. Martell is a Saxe distinguished professor of finance and director of the Weissman Center for International Business at Baruch College in New York City.

“Their commitment to our exchange and the futures industry is impressive, and I sincerely thank them for their continued service,” said Frederick W. Schoenhut, NYBOT’s chairman.

Angelich Joins Virgina Dare
Anton Angelich has recently joined Virginia Dare Extract Company, Brooklyn, New York, as group vice president - marketing. In his role, he will be responsible for domestic flavor marketing and business development. He was previously with Symrise, where he was vice president - sweet business unit - North America and held previous positions in flavor marketingat Cultor Food Science and Givaudan. Before joining the flavor industry, he was with Nestle in new product development and marketing.
March 1, 2005, age 92.

Hans G. Bueler had a distinguished career for over 37 years with coffee trader, Volkart Brothers, first in the head office in Winterthur, Switzerland, and later in India and New York. He retired from Volkart as president and c.e.o. of the New York company. In 1973, he joined David Walker and formed the Walker Tea Corp. in New York City, where he also worled alongside his son, Roland, until his retirement in 1983.

He leaves his wife, Pat, of Somers, New York, and son Roland of New York City.

Tea & Coffee - April/May, 2005


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