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Brown Joins Hope-Beckham, Inc.
Suzanne J. Brown has joined Hope-Beckham, Inc., an Atlanta-based public relations company, as senior consultant, new business development.

Brown, who has been an international coffee and tea marketing specialist for over 15 years, has been partnering with Hope-Beckham on the U.S. launch of a Brazilian tea company, and will continue to provide her expertise in the food and beverage industry. In addition, she is responsible for several food and internet accounts and will continue to help build business for the firm.

“Having worked with Brown previously, we knew of her business acumen and of her marketing and promotional abilities,” said Bob Hope, president of Hope-Beckham, Inc. “So, when the appropriate opening presented itself here, we jumped at the opportunity to hire her. She provides us with expertise in a number of important areas, and her experiences give Hope-Beckham an even wider range of marketing and public relations capabilities.”

As a spokesperson and creative consultant, her project clients have included Seattle’s Best Coffee, a subsidiary of AFC Enterprises, Millstone Coffee, Melitta Coffee, Maxwell House Coffee and the International Trade Centre, an agency of the United Nations. She is an international speaker who has given presentations on different topics related to coffee and tea during industry symposia in Vienna, Barcelona and San Francisco. She writes for Tea & Coffee Trade Journal, and www.culinary.net. She is a charter member of the Specialty Coffee Institute and active member of the Specialty Coffee Association of America, where she serves on the Communications Committee.

She is the current president of the Atlanta Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier, and is a member of the Atlanta Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.

PROBAT Sales Manager Manfred Wolff to Retire
Manfred Wolff worked at PROBAT for 50 years and played an essential role in its development. He will be retiring at the end of 2000.

The stages of Wolff’s career included his promotion to manager of the project department in April 1969, sales manager in 1975 and finally appointment to authorized signatory in 1992.

Customers throughout the world have come to know Manfred Wolff as a competent and determined partner and hold him in high esteem. He will also undoubtedly remain agile and creative in retirement, because this typical of his character.

John Rusch , August 2000, age 62

John Rusch, veteran of the coffee industry, died at the age of 62 in August, 2000. He worked for 33 years in the coffee industry, starting in 1959 in San Francisco, where he was a coffee taster for Folgers during a period of six years. He then moved to New York and worked with Martinsons, and finally Saks International from which he retired early around 1993, when the company ceased to exist. For over 30 years, he was a regular coffee grader for the Coffee, Sugar and Cocoa Exchange in New York, and belonged to numerous committees both in the New York Green Coffee Association and in the National Coffee Association.

Rusch, who had many friends in the profession, had moved a few years ago to Southold, Long Island in New York, where he had become a vocal civic activist. Up until his death, he regularly came back to New York to grade coffee on the exchange. He will be dearly missed by family, friends and associates.

The United Planters’ Association of Southern India elected E.K. Joseph of Alampally Estate in Kerala as its president. I.J.J. Rebello of Doddengudda Estate, in Karnataka was elected as vice president. The appointments are for the year 2000-2001.........Brian Martell has been appointed to the position of vice president responsible for Canadian sales of the Heritage Coffee Company. Martell has been with the company for 10 years, starting as general manager of Heritage’s Montreal branch in 1992, taking on the additional role of sales manager for central and eastern Canada in 1996.

Tea & Coffee - December/January 2001

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