Todd Pauli is now partner, strategic marketing at The Shelton Group, a Chicago, IL-based communications and PR firm.

Robinson Pharma Inc. of Costa Mesa, CA, hired Rebecca Montes to be its vice president of manufacturing.

NOW Foods of Bloomingdale, IL, made several staff changes. Ron Pillsbury joined the company as chief operating officer. Aaron Secrist was promoted to director of quality assurance/quality control and R&D and Rick Sharpee, Ph.D., was promoted to director of science and nutrition.

LycoRed, with global headquarters in Israel, appointed Rony Patishi-Chillim as its new CEO.

Terry Tierney is now the CEO of Daiya Foods, based in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Gaia Herbs of Brevard, NC, welcomed Todd King as its new vice president of marketing.

Once Again Nut Butter of Nunda, NY, hired Steve Blowers to be its new production manager.

Bio-Botanica of Hauppauge, NY, hired Marisol Bello as manager of business development of the personal care/cosmetic division.

Venice, FL-based Enzymedica, Inc. appointed Lori Ellsworth to the position of vice president of marketing.

In Memoriam

Bioenergy Life Science’s (BLS) president, Thomas VonderBrink, passed away after a lengthy illness. He was a trusted, enthusiastic industry expert who made a positive impact on his customers and employees alike. BLS Chairman and CEO, Leo Zhang, recalls VonderBrink’s ability to speak about Bioenergy Ribose in a way that created discussions with scientists and PhDs, as well as non-technical people. “Tom was brought on to grow the ribose business,” Zhang says. “He was able to take it from a great compound with good research to a multi-million dollar business and a diversified portfolio. He created and developed the Corvalen brand, which was later sold and is still a viable brand today.”

Published in WholeFoods Magazine, August 2014