Keith Gomes to president, c.e.o. of Tree Top

by Eric Schroeder
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SELAH, WASH. — Keith Gomes has been named president and chief executive officer of Tree Top, Inc. He will succeed Tom Stokes, who is retiring from the company, effective Jan. 5, 2015.

Mr. Gomes brings more than 30 years of food industry experience in various leadership roles to Tree Top, which is the nation’s 100th largest agricultural cooperative. He joins Tree Top from Dairy Farmers of America (D.F.A.), a milk marketing and food processing cooperative in the United States with nearly 15,000 farmer members and more than 5,000 employees. Since 2008, he has held the role of chief operating officer of the Global Dairy Products Group. His responsibilities have included leadership roles in two of D.F.A.’s three divisions and spanned the entire commercial division, including responsibility for engineering, environmental compliance, consumer division operations, cheese plant manufacturing operations and special projects. His experience includes managing the production as well as sales and marketing of perishable and non-perishable consumer products and ingredient items sold around the globe.

“It was a very lengthy and thorough vetting process to secure a candidate we’re confident can continue to propel Tree Top as an industry leader,” said Randy Smith, chairman of Tree Top. “Keith’s extensive experience in strategic planning and proven ability to successfully execute and drive business and profitability goals in a large organization contributed greatly to his selection.”
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