BIRMINGHAM, OHIO – Bettcher Industries announced five senior executive appointments at Bettcher Group and sister organization, Cantrell-Gainco Group. At Bettcher Group, Ed Steele has been named president, Mark Host has been promoted to vice president of sales and Kyle Stoffer has joined the company as chief financial officer. Cantrell-Gainco Group has appointed Thomas Holm as the new president of the company and Russ Stroner as vice president of sales.
“These moves underscore our commitment to building a leadership team with a shared vision of maximizing organic growth, acquiring new capabilities and enhancing our business system,” said Tim Swanson, chief executive officer of Bettcher Industries. “We see these actions as a foundational step in accelerating our growth agenda on a global basis.”
Steele joined Bettcher in 2012 as vice president of engineering and quality, most recently serving as vice president of operations. Prior to joining Bettcher, Steele held a number of managerial roles in engineering, sales and service, including as vice president of engineering for a division of Danaher Corporation. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Ohio State University and an MBA from the University of Cincinnati.
Host joined Bettcher Industries in March as North American director of sales. He brings more than 20 years of experience in the food, beverage and agricultural sectors. He recently worked as western hemisphere sales director for TOMRA Sorting Solutions. He has a bachelor’s degree in biology from St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn.
Stoffer’s responsibilities as CFO will include “setting financial and operational strategies, developing metrics tied to those strategies, and developing control systems to ensure accurate financial reporting and preservation of company assets,” the company said. He most recently served as vice president and CFO at Master Fluid Solutions. He holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Central Michigan University and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University.
Prior to joining Cantrell-Gainco, Holm worked at Birmingham, Ohio-based Bettcher Group since 2012, most recently as president. He has more than 20 years of managerial experience in protein processing segments, including roles in sales and business development positions at FOSS Analytical in Europe and Scanvaegt in the United States. Holm also holds a degree in business from Aarhus Business College in Denmark and served in the Royal Danish Army as part of the Danish special operation forces.
Before joining Cantrell-Gainco, Stroner served as Bettcher Group’s vice president of global sales. His new responsibilities include establishing and carrying out sales and service strategies including an increased focus on international markets. He will also work on new product development and acquisition opportunities.
Stroner has more than 20 years of experience in domestic and global sales and service within the food processing industry at companies including MP Equipment LLC and Provisur Technologies Inc. He has a bachelor’s degree in engineering management from Lacrosse University.