Consumer >> CEO Interviews >> October 5, 1998

Gary L. Hess – Vacu-dry Company (vdry)

GARY L. HESS is President and CEO of Vacu-dry since 1996. He also serves as head of the Board of Directors as well as the Board's Executive Committee. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Hess has held many managerial positions at various corporations including Senior Vice President, Dole Food Company (1993-1996); President/CEO and Founder of Cadace Enterprises, Inc. (1993); President, CEO and Founder of The Marketing Partnership (1992-1993); Senior Business Director (VP level), E & J Gallo Winery (1987-1992); Group General Manager, Campbell Soup Company (1981-1986); Product Manager, General Mills, Inc. (1976-1981); and Consultant, Busch Center (1975-1976). Mr. Hess received his B.A. degree in Industrial Engineering/Operations Research from Cornell University and his M.B.A. in Marketing/Finance from the Wharton Graduate School, University of Pennsylvania. He is married and has two children. Profile
TWST: Could you give us a background sketch information and a summary of

the company that places us in context for what you see as Vacu-dry

Company today?

Mr. Hess: Vacu-dry Company was