Board of Directors

Brandon Barnholt

Chairman

Brandon has served in his current capacity as the President & CEO of KeHE Distributors since March of 2007.  Under Brandon's leadership, the company has grown from a Midwest specialty food distributor to one of the leading Natural & Organic, Specialty, and Fresh Food distributors in North America. KeHE distributes nearly 75,000 items and serves over 30,000 stores across almost every channel of retail from seventeen distribution centers in the U.S. and Canada.

Brandon is on the Board of Directors of World Finer Foods (an importer and marketer of international foods), and two professional organizations – Food Marketing Institute (FMI), and The CEO Forum.  In addition, Brandon serves as an advisor or board member to many start-ups or early stage companies, and has been deeply committed to the Chicago area Young Life Organization for more than a decade.

Brandon and his wife are originally from Denver and both received their college degrees in Colorado. Today, Brandon and Donna live in Chicago and have three children, two of whom are married, and six grandchildren. Brandon’s two sons are in the food business and his daughter and son-in-law are in the Ministry. 

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Mark Albers

Vice Chairman

Mark W. Albers is the retired senior vice president of Exxon Mobil Corporation.

Born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and raised in Texas, Mr. Albers joined the company in 1979 and holds a bachelor's degree in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M University. 

Throughout his career, Mr. Albers has held a variety of managerial positions in development, operations, production and engineering. After several assignments in Texas, New Jersey, and Australia. Mr. Albers became vice president, Africa, Chad/Nigeria for Exxon Mobil Development Company in Houston. He served as executive assistant to the chairman of Exxon Mobil Corporation at headquarters in Irving, Texas, prior to becoming president of Exxon Mobil Development Company in October 2004. He was named senior vice president, and a member of the Management Committee of Exxon Mobil Corporation in April 2007. In 2018, Mr. Albers retired from Exxon Mobil.

Mr. Albers is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, the Institution of Engineers Australia, and serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Visitors of M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, the Board of Advisors to Texas University Lands, the Texas A&M Engineering Advisory Council, and the Board of the Grace School of Theology.

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Dr. Richard S. Lytle

President & Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Richard S. Lytle currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of CEO Forum, Inc. Additionally, he serves on the business faculty at Abilene Christian University as Director of the Lytle Center for Leadership and Faith Development in the College of Business Administration after having served as dean of the College from 1999-2016. He served as one of only 7 deans in the school’s 75-year history and has been a member of the Abilene Christian University faculty since 1991.

Education and Teaching
Lytle holds a B.B.A. from Harding University, an M.B.A. from Oklahoma State University and a Ph.D. in Marketing from Arizona State University. He has been a participant in Harvard University’s Institute for Management and Leadership in Education, the Babson College Fellows Program for Entrepreneurship Educators and the University of Michigan’s Cycle of Leadership Executive Education Institute. For more than a decade, Lytle has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in marketing, strategy and leadership. Additionally, he has studied abroad numerous times in Asia, Europe and Central America.

Professional Consulting Pursuits & Board Service
Before joining ACU, Rick worked professionally for Volkswagen of America, Inc., in Troy, Michigan and Tenneco and Amoco Oil Production Companies in Denver, Colorado. Additionally, he served as Finance Supervisor, Buick-Oldsmobile-Cadillac, EDS in Sterling Heights, Michigan. He has consulted widely, conducting research around his work in organizational strategy, service culture and customer satisfaction. Major clients include Audi of America, Bank of America, Caterpillar, Encompass Home Health, First Financial Bancshares, H.E.B., Lauren Engineers & Constructors, St. Vincent’s Hospital System (Indiana), Sparrow Hospital (Michigan), Unity Health Center (Oklahoma) and Volkswagen. Rick serves on the board of Focus on the Family and is Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee. He also serves on the boards of CEO Forum, Inc. and Hallal Ministries.

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John Aden

Board Member

John Aden has served in senior leadership roles for several large companies:  He spent a decade working in consumer products for Frito-Lay; he served for seven years as the President of Mac Tools; and he served in a number of executive leadership roles at Walmart until his retirement in January of 2015. Today, John is a consultant for Private Equity companies, is Chairman of Twelve Stones, LLC, a team building a sustainable and conservation-minded beef cattle business, and also serves on the board of the CEO Forum.

John worked in both the International and the Domestic business units of Walmart. In his last position, John served Walmart U.S. as the Executive Vice President, Sales Innovation, where his team focused on driving growth with disruptive product offerings and innovative solutions. He also served as Executive Vice President of Merchandise Services – including replenishment, merchandise execution, small formats and supplier development. Prior to that, he was Executive Vice President of General Merchandise, where he led a strong team of merchants focused on electronics, entertainment, toys, seasonal and hardlines categories. In 2010, John was Senior Vice President of Hardlines Merchandising, where his team drove significant growth by re-establishing the authority of key categories, focusing on assortment, in-store merchandising and supplier collaboration.

Since joining Walmart in 2007, John also served as Senior Vice President of International Operations and Senior Vice President of Global Leverage for Walmart International. In his operations role, he played a key role in Walmart’s international expansion by serving on the Board of Directors for the company’s Joint Venture in India and by leading Walmart’s initial efforts to expand into Africa. In all of his leadership assignments, John served as an innovative and inspiring leader who strengthened internal teams, worked closely with suppliers to accelerate growth and created energy around big events.

John has been married to the beautiful and amazing Kristal for over 20 years. They have two children – Julia and Joey. He is a novice photographer, a lover of the outdoors, a huge baseball fan, and holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Washington.

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Cheryl Bachelder

Nominating and Goverance Committee Chair

Cheryl Bachelder is a passionate, purpose-led business leader -- the former CEO of Popeyes® Louisiana Kitchen, Inc. From 2007 to 2017, she led the transformation of a tired brand and discouraged organization into a top-performing quick service restaurant chain. The story of the Popeyes success is chronicled in her book Dare to Serve: How to drive superior results by serving others. Today Cheryl’s aim is to help senior leaders understand and implement Dare to Serve leadership in for-profit and non-profit workplaces.

Cheryl’s earlier career included brand leadership roles at Yum Brands, Domino’s Pizza, RJR Nabisco, The Gillette Company and Procter & Gamble.  
Today Cheryl serves as a director and Interim CEO at Pier 1 Imports, Inc. (PIR). She also serves as a director of US Foods Holding Corp (USFD). She is an advisor to Procter & Gamble’s franchising venture, Tide Dry Cleaners. She is active in many ministries developing future leaders: Spring Hill Camps, Crossroad Farms, and CRU.  She speaks at conferences such as Work Matters, RightNow Media, Truth@Work, Servant Leadership Institute, and Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership.

Cheryl holds a Bachelor’s and Masters of Business Administration degree from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. She is married 37 years to Chris Bachelder and they have three grown daughters, two terrific son-in-laws, and three handsome grandsons. Cheryl and Chris reside in Atlanta, Georgia and attend Buckhead Church. They are avid learners, fans of the classical education movement, and can always be found reading a good book!

Social Channels:
Blog: Serving Performs at www.cherylbachelder.com
Twitter: @CABachelder
Facebook: Facebook.com/serving performs

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Stephen Quinn

Chief Marketing Officer

Stephen is an active board member of TruGreen, The CEO Forum, the Board of Trustees of The Compassionate Friends and The National Advisory Board of the Salvation Army. He was Chair of the ANA’s Alliance For Family Entertainment (AFE) and its #SeeHer initiative for three years ending in December 2018. He was EVP and Chief Marketing Officer of Walmart for the ten years ending January 2016. Prior to that he was CMO of Frito-Lay and in 13 years with PepsiCo, he held several roles including innovation, brand management, advertising, market research and customer marketing. Quinn held marketing, sales and finance positions at Quaker Oats, Johnson & Johnson and Procter & Gamble. He is in The Marketing Hall Of Fame, and is former Chairman of Association of National Advertisers.

He received an MBA from the Ivey School of Business at University of Western Ontario and a BA in Economics from Queens University in Canada.

Stephen and his wife Linda live in Dallas, have been married for 38 years and have three children and four grandchildren.

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John Beckett

Board Member

John D. Beckett was born and grew up in Elyria, Ohio. He graduated from M.I.T. in 1960, after which he worked as an engineer in the aerospace industry.

In 1963 he joined his father’s small manufacturing business, and became president in 1965 upon the death of his father. The company has grown to become a worldwide leader in producing engineered components for residential and commercial heating. With its affiliates, the company employs some 1,000 people.

Mr. Beckett has long been active in both church and community-related activities. He helped found Intercessors For America, a national prayer organization, in 1973 and continues to serve on its board. He is a founding board member of The King's College in New York City and serves on the board of Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ International).

His first book, Loving Monday: Succeeding in Business Without Selling Your Soul, was published in 1998, and is now available in twenty languages. A second book, Mastering Monday: A Practical Guide to Integrating Faith and Work, was released in July 2006.

Mr. Beckett received honorary Doctor of Laws degrees from Spring Arbor University in 2002 and The King’s College in 2008. He has also been named “Christian Businessman of the Year” by the Christian Broadcasting network (1999) and manufacturing “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young (2003.)

He resides in Elyria, Ohio with his wife, Wendy, to whom he has been married since 1961. They have six children and eighteen grandchildren.

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Jim Lindemann

Compensation and Human Resources Committee Chair

James (Jim) Lindemann is an executive vice president of Emerson.  He was appointed chief operating officer of Emerson Commercial & Residential Solutions in February 2016. In this role, he has responsibility for the business platform’s strategic operations, facility planning, profit planning and internal execution initiatives.

Lindemann first joined Emerson’s motor business in 1977 as a technician and application engineer with its Hermetic Motor business. After taking a two-year break to complete his master’s degree in business administration, he rejoined Emerson in 1983 and held various marketing positions in Emerson’s specialty motor business. In 1992, Lindemann was named president of Emerson’s Camco business. In 1995, he was appointed president of Emerson Appliance Motors. In 1996, Lindemann was promoted to chairman and chief executive officer of the Emerson Motor Company. He was named a senior vice president of Emerson in 1999 and became the business leader of the motors and appliance components business. He was promoted to executive vice president and named an advisory director in 2000. 

Lindemann is a member of the board of directors of Cass Information Systems, The CEO Forum, the St. Louis chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and
Dare 2 Share Ministries.

Lindemann served in the U.S. Navy from 1974 to 1977. He received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and an MBA from Duke University. 

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Tom Manenti

Board Member

Born in the Bronx, NY, Tom Manenti grew up in Hazlet, New Jersey. He received his college education and undergraduate degree in accounting and business administration from Rutgers University and Nova Southeastern University with post-graduate work in strategic management at The Wharton School of Business. Tom served in the New Jersey Army National Guard, was employed by The Guinness-Harp Corporation in NYC and the U.S. Postal Service in Hazlet, NJ before joining MiTek legacy company, Gang-Nail Systems, Inc. in 1977. Tom started as a sales rep and held various sales management positions before being promoted to President of Gang- Nail in 1989. Gang-Nail was merged into MiTek in 1991 and Tom was promoted to President of MiTek’s U.S. business in 2004. He “retired” in January 2008 to pursue several personal interests, primarily serving on the board of directors of The Greater St. Louis Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). In November 2009, Tom was asked to return to MiTek as President & COO and became Chief Executive Officer January 1, 2011 and Chairman a year later. In January 2017, Tom assumed the role of Executive Chairman after installing Mark Thom as the new CEO of MiTek. Tom retired from MiTek in January 2018.

Tom’s current board memberships and affiliations include CEO Forum, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Rx Outreach, and privately held DeCarteret Transport.

Tom and his wife Kathy reside in Wildwood, Missouri and have been married since 1979. They have four grown children and six granddaughters.

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Lisa Nichols

Board Member

Lisa Nichols is the CEO and co-founder of Technology Partners, a Women-Business Enterprise and provider of premier IT staffing, solutions and software.

Lisa and her husband Greg founded Technology Partners in 1994 driven by their passion to revolutionize the staffing industry with their transparent business model. They co-lead the business today. Greg and Lisa have made it their priority from day one, to create mutual wins for their employees, clients and the communities in which Technology Partners operates. This has, in large part, led to Technology Partners winning the Top Workplaces 2018 for Work/Life Flexibility.

Lisa devotes her time to many professional and philanthropic organizations such as CEO Forum, YPO Christian Fellowship network, the St. Louis Independence Center, YWCA and United Way. Lisa is also the host of the “Something Extra” podcast produced by Technology Partners.

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Jon Rolph

Board Member

Jon Rolph is President and CEO of Thrive Restaurant Group (formerly known as Sasnak Management), which owns and operates 41 Applebee’s, 18 Carlos O’Kelly’s Mexican restaurants, and two HomeGrown restaurants in the breakfast/lunch space. The restaurants are located in 10 states across the Midwest and Virginia.

After graduating from Baylor University, Jon worked for the National Student Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C., before returning to Kansas in 2002 to work in the family-owned businesses started by his father and his uncle, David and Darrel Rolph.

Jon has held a number of key positions in the company, including restaurant-level operations, V.P. of Administration and Marketing, and as COO of Carlos O’Kelly’s, eventually succeeding his father as President of Sasnak Management, which was rebranded in early 2019 to Thrive Restaurant Group.

Jon has served on the boards of several local and national organizations. His current board memberships and affiliations include Board of Directors of Intrust Bank, CEO Forum, Applebee’s Franchise Technology Council Chairman, and most recently, named the Applebee’s Franchise Business Council Secretary.

Jon and his wife, Lauren, have been married for 12 years and have five children, ages two to nine.

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Johanna Zeilstra

Board Member

Johanna is an established business strategist and an accomplished leader for both start-ups and global corporations. Over the past two decades, she has worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers and JPMorgan Chase, and with over a dozen client corporations, including Delta Air Lines, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Philips, Lucent, Bank of America, and Occidental Petroleum. Her career has led her to work in Canada, China, Indonesia, France, The Netherlands, Mexico and across the USA.

More recently she launched The Women’s Debate (www.womensdebate.com) to encourage presidential candidates to focus on issues that specifically pertain to women during the 2016 presidential debates. Prior to this, she helped launch Signature Leaders, a leadership development program and network designed to help women on the cusp of the executive leadership team of global corporations. Johanna also co-founded GiveBack, an innovative platform that makes it easy for companies to build authentic and impactful cause marketing, workplace giving and other social responsibility initiatives. GiveBack was launched on the Oprah Winfrey Show during her final season in 2011.

Johanna is originally from the Netherlands and educated in Canada where she earned an undergraduate degree in Sociology and a Masters degree in Business Administration.  She resides in Westchester County, NY with her husband and three sons where she runs the Women Entrepreneurs Network (250+ members) and genderfair.com, while serving on the board of Princeton's Faith & Work Initiative and Harbor Island Conservancy.

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