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Richard Claiborn Expert Information

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A results-oriented senior executive with more than 25 years of accomplishments across a wide range of food businesses. A strong proponent of collaborative participative management built on a foundation of accountability and well-defined business objectives. Specific expertise in ERP systems, cost accounting and delivering true management information.

Specialties Include:
• Multi-plant Activity Based Costing
• Installation, trouble-shooting, fine-tuning and enhancing ERP software platforms to deliver bottom-line operating results
• Production rationalization across product lines and for multi-plant environments
• Continuous Improvement, TQM and Lean experience
• Budgeting and Forecasting
• Managing cash flow and credit relationships
• Capital management
• M&A
• Profit Improvement

 

Experience

Vice President of Finance : Sparboe Farms, Inc. - [2007-07 to 2011-08]
Reporting to the President. Responsible for finance, treasury, IT, and administration with a staff of 23 and an annual budget of $5.2 million.

Chief Financial Officer : Waymouth Farms, Inc. - [2004-11 to 2006-08]
Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer. Responsible for finance, treasury, IT, purchasing, and administration with a staff of 6 and an annual budget of $2 million.

CFO & CEO : Hoopeston Foods, Inc. - [2001-08 to 2004-04]
President and CEO, Bloomington, Minnesota Reporting to the Board of Directors. Responsible for P&L performance, contract customer relations and filling key management positions. Vice President and CFO, Bloomington, Minnesota Reporting to the President. Responsible for finance, treasury, M.I.S., HR, purchasing, and accounting with staff of 6 and an annual budget of $500,000.

Vice President of Finance : Tri Valley Growers, Inc. - [1999-09 to 2001-04]
Reporting to the President. Responsible for finance, treasury, M.I.S., grower relations, purchasing, and administration with a staff of 90 and an annual budget of $21 million.

Various : Dean Foods Company, Franklin Park, Ill. - [1987-01 to 1998-12]
Vice President of Finance – Dean Foods Vegetable Company, Green Bay, Wisconsin Reporting to the President. Responsible for all administration, finance, strategic planning and M.I.S. for a national frozen and canned vegetable company with $660 million in annual sales. Managed a staff of 85 employees with an annual budget of $22.7 million Director of Cost Management – Dean Foods Vegetable Company, Green Bay, Wisconsin Southwest Regional Controller – Dean Foods Company, Albuquerque, New Mexico Reporting to the Dairy Group Controller. Responsible for managing administrative and finance functions for four dairy divisions covering five plants across Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico with annual sales in excess of $100 million. Managed 25 people with an operating budget of $2.3 million. Controller – Creamland Dairies Inc., Subsidiary of Dean Foods Company, Albuquerque, New Mexico

 

Education

M.B.A., Marketing and Finance Concentrations : University of New Mexico-Main Campus - [1984 to 1986]

B.B.A., Accounting and M.I.S. Concentrations : University of New Mexico-Main Campus - [1976 to 1980]