Senior Leadership Team
Chief Executive Officer and President
Hired in 2015, Keith brings more than 30 years’ food industry leadership experience to Tree Top. Since 2008, he held leadership roles at Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), one of the largest milk marketing and food processing cooperatives in the U.S. with more than 12,000 farmer members and 5,000 employees. Before his latest position as DFA’s Chief Operating Officer of the $4 billion Global Dairy Products Group, his responsibilities spanned the entire commercial division including manufacturing, consumer products and engineering to name a few. For the 20 years before DFA, he held the position of Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of California Dairies, Inc./California Milk Producers after working his way up. Earlier in his career, he also held the positions of Plant Manager and Quality Manager for the Southland Corporation. Keith is a graduate of California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Dairy Science/Food Science.
Vice President Finance & Chief Financial Officer
Rejoined Tree Top’s leadership team in 2004 and worked as a product manager, Director of Financial Analysis, and Controller. Dwaine is a Certified Management Accountant with extensive experience in agricultural-based food companies, including several leadership roles with Small Planet Foods/General Mills, IBP Inc., and Ocean Spray. Dwaine has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Iowa State University. He is the Treasurer of Washington Apple Education Foundation’s Board of Directors as well as the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the National Society of Accountants for Cooperatives.
Vice President Fruit Procurement & Grower Services
Joined Tree Top in 2012, as Director Fruit Procurement & Grower Services. Cris brought more than 26 years’ experience in global sourcing, procurement, business development and grower relations. Her prior employment included ENZA, Ltd, New Zealand, where she was the National Supply Manager, and she held prior managerial development roles at both Eurofresh Farms and Frieda’s Inc. Cris also worked in the citrus industry with such companies as Sunkist, Sun World, and Dole Citrus. She is a fifth-generation member of a family citrus orchard, and she’s a graduate of California State Polytechnic University with a B.S. in Agricultural Business Management. Cris currently serves on the Board of Directors of Washington State Council of Farmer Cooperatives and is a member of following: PLU Assignment Committee – Apple/Pear; US Apple Association’s Industry Informational Committee; and Northwest Horticultural Council’s Science Advisory Committee.
Sr. Vice President Sales and Marketing and President of Northwest Naturals
Tom’s responsibilities include leadership of all sales and marketing for the company’s Ingredient, Foodservice and Consumer Packaged Goods areas. He also serves as President of Tree Top, Inc.’s wholly owned subsidiary Northwest Naturals, LLC. Tom has been with Tree Top since 1984, and his previous positions at the company include VP Ingredient Sales, VP Concentrate Products, VP Finance - Consumer Packaged Goods Division and CPG Marketing Manager. Tom has a B.S. in Accounting from Central Washington University. He is currently Vice Chair of the Board of Directors, Juice Products Association.
Vice President Quality and Technical Services
Ken brings to us more than 20 years’ experience in creating quality systems across multiple manufacturing locations. He has extensive experience as a leader working across multi-disciplinary teams on continuous improvement efforts to ensure meeting customer expectations. Ken joins us from DSM Nutritional Products, a 100-year old $5 billion global manufacturer of nutritional products, material sciences, and pharmaceutical products where he’s worked since 2008 directing a large staff and budget. His track record working on a product line with $450 million in annual sales making significant quality improvements and ensuring compliance is impressive. Before DSM, Ken held a variety of progressively more responsible positions within well-known food processing companies such as Florida’s Natural and Cargill Juice. Ken obtained a Master of Science in Microbiology from the University of Southern Florida, Tampa, after completing his B.S. in Biology there. He is an Advanced SQF Practitioner, a Certified HACCP Manager, and has training or certifications in Food Allergens and Solutions, Aseptic Processing and Packaging and more. He is a current member of the Institute of Food Technologists, American Society for Microbiology and the International Association of Food Protection.
Vice President of Operations
Gary joined Tree Top in May 2007, as the Director of Operations responsible for manufacturing, production, and safety. Soon after, he was promoted to Vice President and acquired management responsibilities for Quality and Food Safety, Engineering, Supply Chain Management, Process Research, and Contract Manufacturing. Gary brought extensive food processing industry experience, from most recently, The Western Sugar Cooperative where he was Vice President of Operations for five years and had responsibilities for five factories and six distribution facilities over a four state area. He holds a B.S. degree in Engineering from North Dakota State University.
Vice President Human Resources
Scott joined Tree Top in 2004 as the Director of Human Resources and has served as Vice President since 2009. He brings over 18 years of human resource and change-leadership experience in multiple industry sectors including manufacturing, healthcare, business process outsourcing, and social service non-profit. Over the past 20 years, Scott has served in multiple leadership capacities at the local, state, regional and national levels for the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) and has served on its Board of Directors since 2014. SHRM is the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management representing over 260,000 members in 140 countries. Scott earned his B.S. in Business Administration with a specialization in Human Resources Management from Central Washington University and is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) by the Human Resource Certification Institute.