The American Bakers Association (ABA) and the American Society of Baking are laser-focused on addressing the need for skilled employees in the baking industry workforce. During the March 20 All Membership Meeting at the ABA Convention, workforce gap experts and ABA’s NextGenBaker Co-Chairs will discuss new data from the Workforce Gap Project detailing the extent of the skills gap in the industry and real world solutions to fill the void.
The panel, “The Future of the Baking Industry Workforce,” features Laurie Graves, Director, People Systems of The Bama Companies; Don Thriffiley, Principal of KAT Management Group, and Marjorie Hellmer, President and Co-Founder of Cypress Research Associates; with NextGenBaker moderators Jesse Amoroso, Vice President of Amoroso’s Baking Company and Morgan Murphy, Sales – Southwest Division of Mother Murphy’s Flavors.
“This is the number one topic for the baking industry and a conversation in which all attendees should be engaging,” said ABA President and CEO Robb MacKie. “The new research the panel will discuss will provide needed insights into the challenges facing the industry, and most importantly, solutions the industry can pursue.”
Ms. Graves oversees all of the traditional human resources functions including employee relations, compliance, organizational development, compensation and benefits, as well as The Bama Company’s Health Management System which includes a comprehensive system of resources, including a medical clinic and multiple fitness centers with professional staff. She’s been with Bama for 12 years and was previously with TV Guide, Inc. for 10 years doing employee benefits, compensation and risk management.
Mr. Thriffiley is a principal in KAT Management Group, a management consulting company providing solutions in organizational effectiveness with bottom line results. He is an experienced executive advisor working with senior leaders and board members providing assistance and counseling on business and personal outcomes. Mr. Thriffiley has over 40 years of extensive experience in manufacturing, sales, finance, distribution, human resources, communications, and service-related fields, most recently as the top Human Resources/Operations executive for Flowers Foods, Inc., the second largest baking company in North America.
Ms. Hellmer is a seasoned research professional with more than 20 years of experience in business-to-business and consumer research. She is President and co-founder of Cypress Research Associates, a full service market research firm specializing in research for the U.S. food processing industry since 2002. Clients include suppliers to the food processing industry, professional associations, and media companies.
Mr. Amoroso joined Amoroso’s Baking Company in January 2010. He has worked in various areas of the bakery as well as in administration, sales and marketing, and currently oversees business development. Prior to joining Amoroso’s, he began his career as an investment banker in New York City, with Financo, Inc.
Mr. Murphy joined Mother Murphy’s in August 2006. After working various positions in the company ranging from the lab, production, and marketing, he then moved to Texas to lead the Southwest division of sales for Mother Murphy’s.