Board of Directors

Brandon Barnholt


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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Dennis Muilenburg

Board Member

Dennis Muilenburg is Chairman, CEO, and Co-Founder of New Vista Acquisition Corporation, launched in 2021; and Owner, President and CEO of DAM CyFly Consulting, LLC, launched in 2020.

Previously, Dennis Muilenburg joined Boeing in 1985, starting at the company as an engineering intern. He served as president from December 2013 to December 2019, as chief executive officer (CEO) from July 2015 to December 2019, and as chairman of the board from March 2016 to October 2019. Until July 2015, Muilenburg served as vice chairman, president and chief operating officer of Boeing, where he supported the company's aerospace business operations and focused on specific growth enablers, including important global relationships, leadership initiatives and development program performance.

Before that, Muilenburg served as president and chief executive officer of Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS), serving United States and global defense, government, and commercial customers.

Earlier, Muilenburg was president of BDS's Global Services & Support business, vice president and general manager of the Boeing Combat Systems division, and program manager for Future Combat Systems. Prior to that, he served as vice president of Programs & Engineering for Boeing Air Traffic Management and director of Weapon Systems for the proposed Boeing Joint Strike Fighter aircraft. He also held program management and engineering positions on F-22, Airborne Laser, High Speed Civil Transport and the Condor reconnaissance aircraft, among others.

Muilenburg spent the first 15 years of his Boeing career in the Puget Sound region of Washington, where he held a number of program management and engineering positions in support of both the commercial airplanes and defense and space businesses.

A native of Iowa, Muilenburg earned a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering and an honorary doctor of science degree from Iowa State University, as well as a master's degree in aeronautics and astronautics from the University of Washington. He is a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Royal Aeronautical Society, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the inaugural Innovator in Residence at Iowa State University, and a distinguished fellow for aerospace, mobility, and manufacturing at the Saint Louis University Research Institute.

Previously, Muilenburg served as a member of the Caterpillar board of directors (2011-2020), chairman of the Aerospace Industries Association board of governors, an executive committee member of the Business Roundtable, a member of the National Space Council’s User Advisory Group, a member of the U.S.-China Business Council, and a member of the Washington University board of trustees. Currently, he is a member of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation board of directors, the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science & Technology) board of directors, the National World War II Museum board of trustees, and the Northwestern University board of trustees. He also serves as chairman of the board for Biblical Business Training, chairman of the board for the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Center – St Louis, a member of The CEO Forum board of directors, and a member of the African Vision of Hope board of directors.

Tracy Schmidt

Board Member

Tracy Schmidt has over 40 years' experience in investment management, logistics, finance, operations and administration, including 24 years with Federal Express, headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., and 14 years at CNL Financial Group in Orlando, Fla.  

Currently, Mr. Schmidt is the founder of Morning Star Advisory, LLC where he provides advisory and consulting services to multi-generational families and companies primarily in the logistics and supply chain space.  

Mr. Schmidt is also co-founder and Managing Partner of Steward CW Holdings, LLC which was formed in 2019 to develop and operate a network of express car washes. 

From 2004-2018, Mr. Schmidt served as CNL Financial Group's Enterprise Chief Financial Officer, Group President of Alternative Investments and Chief Operating Officer, where he oversaw and provided strategic leadership for the organization's financial affairs and the alternative investments platform, including overseeing product and partner development and fund management for the firm's alternative investment strategies.  Mr. Schmidt served as member of various investment committees at CNL and as a director and/or officer of CNL and its affiliates, including CEO of CNL Strategic Capital, Inc.  

Before joining CNL Financial Group in 2004, Mr. Schmidt was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of FedEx Express, where he was responsible for worldwide strategic and financial planning, capital allocations, treasury, accounting, financial reporting, tax, audit, strategic sourcing, IT business systems and revenue operations.  Prior to that, Mr. Schmidt was Senior Vice President, General Manager, Air Grounds Terminals and Transportation.  Before joining FedEx, Mr. Schmidt served as a staff auditor for one year at Ernst and Whinney.  

Mr. Schmidt is a director and chair of the audit committee and member of the risk and executive committees of Gordon Food Service Holdings, Inc., and is a director of Pinnacle Realty Services, Inc., and the United States Chamber of Commerce.  Mr. Schmidt also is a trustee and chair of the audit committee and member of the governance and independent trustees committees of Conversus StepStone Private Markets, a registered investment fund.  He also serves as a Sr. Advisor to The Over-Haul Group, Inc. 

Mr. Schmidt is Chair Emeritus and founding chair of the Central Florida Regional Commission on Homelessness, and has also served on various other non-profit boards including The First Academy in Orlando, FL., and Briarcrest Christian School, Love Worth Finding Ministries and Stephen Olford Ministries in Memphis, TN.  

Dan Dye

Board Member

Dan Dye is the CEO of Ardent Mills, the independent joint venture of owners Cargill, Conagra Brands and CHS.  As CEO, Dan leads an extensive network of 35 community flour mills, grain mix plant, bakery, specialty grain facility and 4 offices across the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada - to create a values-based culture focused on "Nourishing what's next." 

Prior to the formation of Ardent Mills, Dan held various merchandising and managerial positions during his 30+ year career at Cargill.  In 2009, Dan was name president of Horizon Milling, a Cargill joint venture with CHS.  Dan led the flour milling, mix and bakery operations of Horizon Milling in the U.S. and Canada, offering flour products and solutions for a wide range of applications. 

Prior to that, Dan served for 10 years as president of Cargill AgHorizons, U.S., and was responsible for the overall management of Cargill's grain handling and retail drop input business in the U.S.  He was appointed an assistant vice president of Cargill, Ltd. in Canada in 1990 and of Cargill's grain division in 1992.  In 1995, he was named vice president of its North American grain business. 

Dan currently serves on the Executive Committee of the North American Millers' Association, the Board of Trustees of the Grain Foods Foundation, and is on the Board of Directors for Partners in Food Solutions.  Dan also serves on the Board of Advisors for the University of Colorado-Denver Business School, is on the Board of Trustees of Bethel University, St. Paul, MN., and is a board member at the Craig Hospital Foundation, Denver, CO. 

Dan graduated from Bethel University, St. Paul, MN, in 1981 with a bachelor's degree in business administration and economics. 

Ardent Mills is North America's leading flour supplier and grain innovator -- offering the broadest range of premium multi-use flours, whole grans, mixes and custom multi-grain blends.  Ardent Mills brings superior quality, deep knowledge, excellent service and creative approaches to the food of today and the innovations of tomorrow. 

Victor Warren

Victor Warren is the founder and served as CEO (1981-2018) of Fairrington Transportation, the largest, full-service, printer-independent mailing logistics provider in the U.S. The business was sold in July of 2017 to LSC Communications, Inc. He served as a Trustee of Christ Church of Oak Brook for fifteen years including ten years as Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees. During his tenure, assumed numerous other roles, most notably as chair of the Media Ministry facilitating the church’s presence on Chicago-area television, WGN radio, and the launch of the weekly livestream worldwide. Victor served on the board of Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview (2009-2011). He enjoyed participating in the underwriting of “Seven Days in Utopia” with Robert Duvall and used the curriculum from “Golf’s Sacred Journey” (on which the movie was based) in various small groups. Victor has found significant life-change in the ministry of small group participation and leadership.

Victor lives in Oak Brook, Illinois, with his wife, Mary. They have five married children and eleven grand-children. Victor enjoys golf and spending time with his family.

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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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

Director Emeritus

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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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 and his wife Kathy reside in Wildwood, Missouri and have been married since 1979. They have four grown children and seven grandchildren.

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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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Johanna Zeilstra

Board Member

Strategic and results-oriented leader with experience in leading teams in both start-ups and in large, global corporations. Over the past two decades, has helped launch several consumer-facing businesses as well as worked as a senior executive at PricewaterhouseCoopers and JPMorgan, and with over a dozen client corporations, including Delta Air Lines, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Philips, Lucent, Bank of America, Chase Manhattan, and Occidental Petroleum. Johanna's career has led her to work in Canada, China, Indonesia, France, The Netherlands, Mexico and across the USA. She continues to coach senior executives and their top teams and has a passion for supporting personal change in making large business changes stick. Most recently, she launched Gender Fair, a public benefit corporation, which independently certifies companies with a real and substantial commitment to women’s equality. Gender Fair informs consumers which companies demonstrate a real and substantial commitment to women as employees, consumers, and citizens.

Prior to Gender Fair, Johanna 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 in April, 2011.

Johanna is originally from the Netherlands, was educated in Canada where she earned an undergraduate degree in Sociology and a Masters degree in Business Administration. 

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