HOUSTON, TEXAS – January 14, 2016 – Jake’s Finer Foods announced this week the next generation of company leadership.
Effective January 1, 2016, the new company leadership consists of:
• Kevin Ullrich, CEO
• Michael Bench, President
• Jason Blackshear, Executive Vice President
In these new roles, Kevin and Michael will work together as partners, ultimately reporting to Jake’s customers whom we have always viewed as our only true “boss,” as well as to Jake’s Board of Directors. Leonard M. Bench, Jake’s longtime President/CEO has become the company’s Chairman of the Board of Directors and will continue to be involved in Jake’s management in that position.
The announcement comes as part of Jake’s 70th anniversary. Jake’s Finer Foods was founded in 1946 by Leonard Bench’s mother-in-law and father-in-law, Louise and Kervin Jacob. Their hard work, determination and positive attitude set the foundation for the company, which has grown from selling 11 dozen eggs its first week in business to being a thriving and successful leader in the foodservice industry today.
“Over the past decade, we have worked hard to put a talented management team in place that believes strongly in Jake’s core values and has the ability to lead us into the future,” commented Leonard Bench. “The dedication and effort that each team member at Jake’s puts forth every day is appreciated more than I can ever fully express. I can say with great confidence that our management team and dedicated team members are well equipped to accomplish our mission of glorifying God by providing superior quality, exceptional service and creative solutions for our customers.”