GloryBee, in the business of honey and premium ingredients since 1975, is pleased to announce the additions of Arnold Coombs and John D. Iglesias to its Board of Directors. As the company continues to grow and expand its reach nationwide, it is intent on diversifying its board to include expertise beyond the family. GloryBee’s most recent board appointments represent an effort to build on strengths within the ingredients industry as well as adding a formalized degree of Board Governance and protocol that will continue to position the company as it grows.
“It’s a significant change when a family-owned business recognizes the advantage of heralding input and resources that go beyond the family’s inherent expertise,” said Alan Turanski, President and 2nd Generation BeeKeeper at GloryBee. “We’ve been in the honey and natural ingredients space for nearly 50 years, but that doesn’t mean we know everything about strategic expansion, portfolio expansion, and tax law. That’s where a skillset among the Board of Directors can have great value.”
Arnold Coombs is a seventh-generation maple syrup producer who brings specific knowledge and experience in maple production, retail, and bulk handling. He is a Director of the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Association, past Chairman of the Vermont Maple Industry Council, and past member of the Vermont Maple Promotion Board. Coombs’ deep industry knowledge and national presence will provide a broadened perspective.
“Arnold’s significant experience in the production of a premium sweetener, as well as inner workings of industry groups and trends is a great asset to GloryBee,” continued Turanski. “Arnold’s deep knowledge of the national food and beverage market and ability to build strong relationships and a brand will help drive our expansion efforts.”
John Iglesias is President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Northwest Community Credit Union (NWCU). Headquartered in Eugene, Oregon, NWCU operates 15 branches throughout Oregon, serving approximately 110,000 members with an asset size of almost $2.0 billion. John has extensive experience in leadership roles for financial institutions and credit unions for more than 30 years. Iglesias, who has held several positions in the banking industry, brings significant governance and formality expertise to the board.
“I’m really excited to join the GloryBee board,” said Iglesias. “I’ve been watching and admiring GloryBee’s growth and innovation for many years and I have a lot of ideas about where they can have some great impact.”