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Food Processing Distributor Nelson-Jameson Announces Expansion of Senior Leadership

Mat Bartkowiak, Shawn Kitchner, Kara Lineal, Kevin Van Ornum, and Devon Vogel fill key management roles

Marshfield, WI | April 3, 2023

The Nelson-Jameson Family of Companies has announced new leadership positions across marketing, sales and operations as part of a companywide expansion. The 75+-year-old family-owned company, known for providing the food and beverage industry with everything they need to manufacture safe, high-quality products, is implementing new strategies to achieve forward-looking goals. By welcoming new leaders and promoting three internal leaders to new positions, the organization will continue its growth trajectory while better serving customers and supporting employees in their career development.  

Two new hires bring extensive experience to Nelson-Jameson’s management team, while three newly promoted leaders will head growth and expansion efforts across their respective areas:  

Mat Bartkowiak – Vice President of Corporate Responsibility and Development. Mat is a Nelson-Jameson veteran with multiple years of management experience in the company. As Vice President of Corporate Responsibility & Development, he collaborates with customers and other partners to create programs that contribute to growth, education, and service to the food industry. In addition, he works on areas of industry demand in line with company strategy, including ESG, food safety, and environmental stewardship. 

Shawn Kitchner – Vice President of Operations & Logistics. Shawn’s responsibilities include executive-level leadership for the organization’s operational and trucking activities. In addition, he is responsible for organizing day-to-day warehousing, shipping, receiving, inventory control, and trucking operations while developing and implementing strategic growth plans.  

Kara Lineal – Vice President of Marketing. Kara Lineal fills the newly created Vice President of Marketing position. Kara brings 20+ years of experience and leadership roles at various global retailers, marketing top brands. Kara will develop and implement strategic growth plans, manage integrated B2B marketing efforts, oversee brand management, including internal and external communications, and lead E-commerce and digital initiatives to improve customers’ digital experience.  

Kevin Van Ornum – Vice President of Direct Sales. With more than 12 years of experience in various roles at Nelson-Jameson, Kevin brings deep knowledge of the company’s direct product lines to his position as Vice President of Direct Sales. He manages the Product Department’s strategic supplier and customer relationships and initiatives and oversees the packaging, ingredients, and chemical product lines management team.  

Devon Vogel – Vice President of Customer Solutions. Devon is a Nelson-Jameson “lifer” who began her career at the company in 2009 as an intern and worked her way up to higher roles. As Vice President of Customer Solutions, she is responsible for identifying and leading business development strategies for Nelson-Jameson’s product and service offerings to meet growth goals as well as market and customer demand. In addition, Devon works directly with customers on behalf of the company.  

Nelson-Jameson promotes its designation as a golden-rule company and is focused on maintaining a culture of honesty, integrity, and kindness, and a commitment to operating ethically with respect for people, the community, and the environment.  

About Nelson-Jameson   

Nelson-Jameson is a fourth-generation, family-owned distributor to the food and beverage industry. From the company’s roots in dairy production supplies, it grew to offer a broad range of food processing equipment and services that provide customers with everything they need to manufacture safe, high-quality products. Representing over 850 vendors and distributing over 60,000 products, Nelson-Jameson offers everything from standard equipment to custom production solutions and equipment repair.  The company employs more than 260 people in 5 distribution centers across the United States and at its headquarters in the heart of dairy country in Marshfield, Wisconsin. The dairy industry leader also operates NEXT Logistics, offering delivery services out of its Wisconsin, California, Idaho, Pennsylvania, and Texas distribution centers.   

For more than 75 years, Nelson-Jameson has supported food and dairy processors with products and solutions that keep pace with changing consumer tastes, manufacturing processes, and distribution channels. The company continues to be the supplier of choice for customers in all 50 states and international markets.  For more information, please visit: https://nelsonjameson.com   

Contact: Karolyn Raphael 
PR for Nelson-Jameson
(312) 494-0422 

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