Bret D. Scholtes President and Chief Executive Officer
Andrew C. Johannesen Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
John D. Held Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Dr. Mark E. Griffin President Animal Nutrition Division
Joseph Vidal President of Bioriginal
Gregory P. Toups Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer and Controller
Matthew Phillips Chief Commercial Officer Nutegrity
Monty Deihl Senior Director of Operations
Bret D. Scholtes
President and Chief Executive Officer
BRET D. SCHOLTES has served as the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer since January 1, 2012 and as a director since February 28, 2013. Prior thereto, Mr. Scholtes served as the Company’s Senior Vice President—Corporate Development from April 2010 to December 2010 and as the Company’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from January 2011 to December 2011. From 2006 to April 2010, Mr. Scholtes served as a Vice President at GE Energy Financial Services, a global energy investment firm. Prior to that, Mr. Scholtes held positions with two publicly traded energy companies. Mr. Scholtes also has five years of public accounting experience.
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
ANDREW C. JOHANNESEN has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Company since January 1, 2012 and as Senior Vice President – Finance and Treasurer from July 2011 to December 2011. From December 2010 to July 2011, Mr. Johannesen served as Vice President and Treasurer of Westlake Chemical Corporation, a chemicals and plastic manufacturer. From 2007 to December 2010, Mr. Johannesen served as Vice President and Treasurer of RRI Energy, Inc. (formerly Reliant Energy, Inc.), an electricity and energy service provider, and Vice President and Assistant Treasurer of RRI from 2005 to 2007. Prior to that, Mr. Johannesen held various corporate development and finance positions at Reliant Energy and worked for Exxon Mobil Corporation and a major public accounting firm. Mr. Johannesen is a Certified Public Accountant.
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
JOHN D. HELD has served as the Company’s General Counsel since March 2000, as Vice President of the Company from April 2002 to September 2002, as Senior Vice President from September 2002 to June 2006, as Secretary since September 2002 and as Executive Vice President since June 2006. From 1996 to 1999, Mr. Held was Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of American Residential Services, Inc., a then public company engaged in the consolidation of the air-conditioning, plumbing and electrical service industries. Prior to that, Mr. Held practiced law with Baker Botts LLP in Houston, Texas.
DR. MARK E. GRIFFIN has served as Vice President—Research and Development since July 2009 and as Senior Vice President—R&D and Sales and Marketing since January 1, 2011. From April 2009 to July 2009, Dr. Griffin served as Technical Director of the Specialty Group of Land O’Lakes Purina Feed, LLC, a co-operative of agricultural producers and marketer of agriculture food products. From 2003 to April 2009, Dr. Griffin served as Director of the Zoo and Aquaculture divisions of Land O’Lakes Purina Feed, LLC. Dr. Griffin also previously held several positions in the aquaculture, companion animal, zoo and private label divisions of Purina Mills, Inc. and Land O’ Lakes Purina Feed, LLC.
Joseph R. Vidal has served as Bioriginal’s President and Chief Executive Officer since 2005 Prior thereto, Mr. Vidal served as the Company’s Chief Financial Officer since 1999. From 1991 to 1998, Mr. Vidal served as General Manager of Hitachi Canadian Industries, where his career spanned eight years and included positions as Deputy General Manager, Production Manager, and Accounting and Human Resources Manager. Mr. Vidal's experience also includes eight years with KPMG, where he was the Senior Manager in the Accounting Systems group in the Saskatoon Office and Senior Manager of the Information Technology Group in Toronto. Mr. Vidal holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Saskatchewan and a Chartered Professional Accountant designation.
Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer and Controller
GREGORY P. TOUPS has served as the Company’s Chief Accounting Officer since June 2011, as the Company’s Vice President and Controller since May 2008, as Controller since May 2005, and as Assistant Controller from March 2005 to May 2005. Prior thereto, Mr. Toups was employed by the accounting firms Kushner LaGraize LLC, from November 2001 to March 2005, and by PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, from January 1998 to November 2001. Mr. Toups is a Certified Public Accountant.
MATTHEW W. PHILLIPS has served as Chief Commercial Officer since July 2013 and President of Cyvex Nutrition, Inc. (acquired by the Company in December 2010) since March 2008. Prior to that, Mr. Phillips served as Vice President, Marketing and Sales American/Europe for BI Nutraceuticals, a botanical ingredient supplier, from January 2002 until March 2008. Prior to that, Mr. Phillips held sales and marketing positions of increasing responsibility with various botanical, nutrition and wellness companies.
MONTGOMERY C. DEIHL has served as the Company's Senior Director of Operations since January 2015, as Senior Director – Fishing Plant Operations from April 2012 to January 2015 and as General Manager of the Company's Reedville, Virginia facility from August 2009 to April 2012. Prior to joining the Company in August 2009, Mr. Deihl was a Senior Managing Consultant for IBM Corporation (supply chain management) from July 2007 to July 2009. Prior to that, Mr. Deihl served in the United States Air Force from 1987 to 2007, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. Mr. Deihl is a fifth generation menhaden fisherman.