Richmond, VA – February 21, 2017 – AMF Bakery Systems, the global leader in bakery automation solutions, is pleased to announce the promotion of Jason Ward to President, effective immediately. In this new role, Ward will continue to manage the company’s day to day operations while creating and delivering the company’s vision and overall mission.
Ward joined AMF Bakery Systems in 2011 as Vice President of Sales and Marketing, leading the expansion of the company’s international sales and global brand awareness. Ward stepped into an executive leadership role as Executive Vice President in August of 2015.
“As my role has expanded with the continued growth of the Markel Food Group, Jason has effectively been running AMF for these past two years,”” said Ken Newsome, CEO of Markel Food Group, in announcing the promotion. “Jason has been an outstanding leader and a tremendous asset in the long-term planning for AMF with our acceleration of product innovation and market expansion. I am confident he will continue to drive AMF’s position as the leader in the industry as we further expand our reach while improving the value of AMF’s offerings to customers worldwide.”
“I am honored for the opportunity to lead this extraordinary team,” said Ward. “As we move forward our focus will be helping our baker customers around the world succeed and investing in new technology and talent that enables us to provide differentiated solutions and capabilities to the baking industry.” Ward will continue to work alongside the leadership of Markel Food Group partners, Reading Bakery Systems and Tromp Group, to provide bakery customers with the most expansive portfolio of innovative process solutions.
AMF WELCOMES JAMIE HANKINS AS REGIONAL ACCOUNT MANAGER FOR THE UPPER MIDWEST
Richmond, VA – February 9, 2017 – AMF Bakery Systems announced today Jamie Hankins will join the company as Regional Account Manager for the Upper Midwest, North American sales team. Formerly Senior Account Manager for Baker Thermal Solutions, Hankins will utilize his proficiency in systems engineering and project management to offer enhanced sales and customer service support to AMF customers throughout the region.
A 33-year industry veteran, Hankins has served in a variety of leadership positions throughout the baking industry including Baker Perkins, APV Baker, Turkington Engineering, and most recently Baker Thermal Solutions. “A large portion of my career has been centered around engineering and project management. I have served as Systems Engineering Manager, Applications Engineering Manager, and Account Management in Canada, Eastern U.S., Mexico, and Latin America,” noted Hankins.
“I am thrilled to have Jamie join our sales team. We continue to attract the most talented people as our company grows,” said Scott Bieker, AMF’s Vice President of Sales, North America. “We are well positioned to continue our growth throughout North America and Jamie’s notable experience and passion will be a huge compliment to that growth.”
Hankins will relocate to Chicago, IL to better serve bakers in the Chicago and Upper Midwest areas. Utilizing his experience and bakery process knowledge, Hankins will drive success in the region by supporting bakery customers, the professional baking industry, and his fellow AMF teammates.
Gorinchem, Netherlands – December 12, 2016 – AMF Bakery Systems announced today a partnership with DK Engineering in an effort to better serve customers throughout the East-African market. DK Engineering, provides mixers, rack ovens, conveyors, cooling racks, and bread slicers, among other automated food production solutions.
With over 30-years of experience in the bakery business, DK Engineering brings with it a large network of long-established relationships throughout East Africa. With offices in Nairobi, Kenya and Kampala, Uganda, DK Engineering will help foster relationships with existing and potential customers in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, and Ethiopia.
“Partnering with DK Engineering will ensure that AMF continues to provide the most efficient after-sales and service support to these East-African countries,” mentioned Koen Van Gestel, Regional Account Manager for AMF Bakery Systems. Alongside AMF’s service team, DK Engineering will support bread and bun bakers throughout East Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa with installation, parts, and service support to maintain AMF systems for maximum production with minimal downtime.
AMF Announces Promotion of Colin Powell to Vice President of Global Operations
Richmond, VA – April 1, 2016 – AMF Bakery Systems announced today the promotion of Colin Powell to Vice President Global Operations for AMF Bakery Systems. Powell will be responsible for leading all aspects of solution delivery including Operations, Project Management, and Customer Service to commercial bakers worldwide.
A 17-year company veteran, Powell has served in a variety of management positions at AMF’s headquarters in Richmond, VA culminating in his role leading Operations for the Richmond plant. With the rapid growth and development throughout the Asia Pacific market and the proliferation of low-cost manufacturing in China, Colin agreed to lead AMF’s Asia Pacific Operations, beginning in 2005.
“Colin was faced with an enormous challenge of leading the Commercial Operations at AMF’s Tianjin plant in addition to our Singapore customer service office, and the broader Asia Pacific sales team,” said Jason Ward, AMF’s Executive Vice President, in announcing the promotion. “Thanks to his leadership and the strong team he has built in the region, we have developed a thriving manufacturing base in China and are well positioned to continue our growth throughout Asia Pacific as well as other emerging markets.”
Powell will serve on AMF’s Senior Leadership Team focusing on driving operational excellence across AMF’s multiple manufacturing facilities and delivering a common, exceptional customer experience from installation and start-up through aftermarket services and support.