Directors

Arthur S. Wolcott

Mr. Wolcott founded the Company and has served as a director and as the Chairman of the Board since 1949.  His leadership experience and extensive industry knowledge provide valuable insight to the Board of Directors in formulating and executing the Company’s strategy.  In 2008, Mr. Wolcott received the Forty-Niner Service Award, the food processing industry’s highest award in recognition of his career spanning six decades in the food processing industry.  Mr. Wolcott graduated from Cornell University with a B.A. degree in Economics and is currently on the President's Council of Cornell University.  He is the father of Susan W. Stuart, a director of the Company. 

Kraig H. Kayser

Mr. Kayser is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company and has served in that capacity since 1993.  From 1991 to 1993 he was Chief Financial Officer of the Company.  He has served as a director of the Company since 1985.  Mr. Kayser has served as an officer and/or director of the Company for over 25 years, providing continuity of executive leadership through all phases of the food processing industry and economic cycles. Mr. Kayser is also a director of Moog Inc. where he serves on the Audit Committee and the Nominating and Governance Committee.  He received a B.A. from Hamilton College and an M.B.A. from Cornell University.

Arthur H. Baer

Mr. Baer has served as a director of the Company since 1998 and is currently serving as Audit Committe Chariman. He is a Legislator in Columbia County, New York and previously served as the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors of from  January 2008 to December 2009.  Mr. Baer’s business background also includes experience in managing businesses, senior leadership development and the evaluation of strategic opportunities and challenges.  He was President of Hudson Valley Publishing from 2003 to 2008 and also held the position from 1998 to 1999.  He was President of Arrow Electronics Europe from 2000 to 2002 and President of XYAN Inc. from 1996 to 1998.  He holds a B.A. and M.B.A. from Columbia University. 

Peter R. Call

Mr. Call  is President of My-T Acres,  Inc., a vegetable and grain farm. He has been President of Pro-Fac Cooperative, Inc. since 2003 and a member of its board of directors since 2000.  Mr. Call also serves as president of Farm Fresh First, LLC, and has done so since 2007.  Farm Fresh First, LLC, is an agricultural business that manages fruit and vegetable production and marketing.   Mr. Call also served on the Board of Directors of Birds Eye Foods from 2002-2009.  He has served as a director of the Company since 2011.    Mr. Call received his Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree from Cornell University in 1979.

John P. Gaylord

Mr. Gaylord has operating and management experience in manufacturing and distribution businesses, including experience as President of Jacintoport Terminal Company since 1992.  He currently serves as a director and member of the conflicts committee, audit committee, nominating committee and compensation committee, along with being a general partner of Martin Midstream Partners L.P., a publicly traded limited partnership with a diverse set of operations focused primarily in the United States Gulf Coast region.  Mr. Gaylord holds a B.A. from Texas Christian University and an M.B.A. from Southern Methodist University.  He has served as a director of the Company since October 2009.  

Susan A. Henry

Dr. Henry has served as a director of the Company since 2007 and has extensive experience in the management and administration of a large non-profit organization.  She is Dean Emeritus of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University and a professor in the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics.  Prior to her appointment at Cornell, Dr. Henry was dean of science of the Mellon College of Science at Carnegie Mellon University.  Dr. Henry also has experience serving on the boards of other publicly-traded companies including as a member of the Board of Directors of Tompkins Financial Corporation and Agrium, Inc., where she serves on the Human Resources and Compensation Committee, and as Chair of the Environmental Health and Safety Committee.  Dr. Henry received her B.S. degree from the University of Maryland and her Ph.D. degree from the University of California at Berkeley.  

Samuel T. Hubbard, Jr.

Mr. Hubbard was elected President  and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Genesee Corp., a NASDAQ listed company in 1999. He was subsequently elected Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Genesee and in late 2000 led a management buyout of Genesee Brewing Company which later became High Falls Brewing Company, LLC. He served as Chairman and CEO of High Falls from 2001 through 2007 and subsequently as Chairman until 2009.  Mr. Hubbard has served as CEO of Alling and Cory Company from 1986-1998.  He served as COO of Homewise, Inc., a not-for-profit provider of affordable housing services including real estate development until 2011.  He has served on the public boards of M&T Corp., RGS, Inc. and Genesee Corp. He has served as a director of the Company since 2011.  Mr. Hubbard received a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree from Denison University and his Master of Business Administration (M.B.A) degree from the University of Rochester.

Thomas Paulson

Mr. Paulson has served as a director of the Company since 2004.  He has significant experience in financial reporting and financial controls as a chief financial officer.  Mr. Paulson has been the Chief Financial Officer of Tennant Corporation, an industrial cleaning company, since 2006 and he was Chief Financial Officer of Innovex, Inc., a supplier of flexible circuits and assemblies, from February 2001 to March 2006.  In addition, he was Vice President of Finance of The Pillsbury Company from 1998-2000.  In these roles, Mr. Paulson was involved in numerous merger and acquisition transactions and financing transactions. Mr. Paulson serves on the Board of Directors of Merisant Inc. and also serves on their Audit Committee. Mr. Paulson received his B.A. and M.B.A from the University of St. Thomas.

Susan W. Stuart

Ms. Stuart is a marketing consultant and private investor.  In her role as a consultant, Ms. Stuart brings her knowledge from a broad range of marketing experience.  Ms. Stuart is the daughter of our founder and Chairman, Arthur S. Wolcott.  In addition to her extensive knowledge of the Company, Ms. Stuart controls a significant shareholding interest in the Company.  She has served as a director of the Company since 1986.  Ms. Stuart received her M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.