People News: December 2013

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Sunsweet Growers Inc., based in Yuba City, CA, announced that Dane Lance will take on the role of CEO. He is also the company’s president. Arthur Driscoll, II, former CEO, is retiring.

Lou Paradise, president and chief of research of Topical BioMedics, Inc., Rhinebeck, NY, participated in the Second Annual Forbes Healthcare Summit entitled, “Empowering the Patient Revolution.”

Doylestown, PA-based Steaz appointed Ralf Lottermann as chairman of the board and Linda Barron as CEO.

In Memoriam

Remembering Bernie Lucich
After a two-month fight with esophageal cancer, Bernard “Bernie” Lucich passed away at the beginning of October.

A mainstay at industry events for decades, Lucich was the sales manager for World Organic Corp. and Licata Enterprises. He greeted many a tradeshow attendee at the Licata booth with a smile while wearing his I Love Lucy tie featuring the Vitameatavegamin episode.

Al Licata, Ph.D., company chairman, said Lucich “was part of our family” and would be “sorely missed.” He was passionate about Ohio State football and his customers, “often taking orders at 4 a.m. or on Sundays to accommodate their needs,” says the company.

Lucich was the co-founder of Nature’s Concept, and then formed Vita-Vista. Both companies were bought by Licata Enterprises in 1991. Prior to that, Lucich worked for Marion Laboratories and Signet Laboratories.

Published in WholeFoods Magazine, December 2013