D. Ford Mennel, president of Mennel Milling Co. in Fostoria, Ohio, recently was elected as the chairman of the North American Millers’ Association for the 2020-22 term, succeeding Robert Harper of Hopkinsville Milling Co. of Hopkinsville, Ky.
“We are thankful for the decades of service Robert Harper has given the industry,” says Jane DeMarchi, NAMA president. “As chairman, he drove NAMA forward as an organization while maintaining our strength representing a diverse membership.”
Mennel is president of Mennel Milling Co. and is the fifth generation of the Mennel family to lead the business. The company produces wheat flour, baking mixes, popcorn and other food ingredients, and operates seven flour mills, two bakery mix manufacturing facilities, a popcorn plant, and logistics and distribution companies in Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, North Carolina and Virginia.
He previously served as vice chairman of NAMA and is active in SNAC International, American Bakers Association, and Baking Industry Alliance. Mennel also sits on the board of directors of Sutton Bank, is the chairman of the Fostoria Economic Development Corp., and serves on the board of trustees of Tiffin University.
“NAMA has been very fortunate to have Robert Harper as our chairman for the last two years," Mennel says. "Robert has given selflessly to the affairs of the association, helping us all to make our industry stronger and more vibrant."
“It has been an honor and a pleasure to serve the North American Millers’ Association as chairman," Harper says. "We are fortunate to have so many active members who give generously of their time and resources to further the interests of the industry. The association will be well served by the new chairman and board."
Brian Doyle, president of King Milling Co. of Lowell, Mich., was elected as NAMA vice chairman for the 2020-22 term.
Trey Sebus, Bartlett Milling Co. of Kansas City, Mo., and Dan Fetherston, SEMO Milling LLC of Scott City, Mo., also were elected to three-year terms (2020-23) on the NAMA executive committee.
Since 1929, NAMA has awarded honorary membership as a tribute to people with outstanding records of achievement and years of valuable service to the milling industry. This year, NAMA awarded honorary membership to Charles Knappen III, Knappen Milling Co. of Augusta, Mich.; Luke Marano Sr., Minot Milling Co. of Minot, N.D.; and A. Bruce Roskens, Grain Millers Inc. of Eden Prairie, Minn.