Mrs. Seaberg has been Board Chairperson since December 2014 and a director since August 2009. She has been an executive travel agent with the Atchison Travel Center for the past 20 years and is co-owner of a local Long John Silver's franchise in Atchison, Kansas. Mrs. Seaberg is active in civic affairs at the local and national levels including the 2004-06 Lewis & Clark national Bicentennial Commemoration, the Atchison Chamber of Commerce and the Atchison River Front/Downtown Development. She served on the Lewis & Clark Trail Heritage Foundation board from 2003 to 2007 and as its national president from 2007-2008. Mrs. Seaberg served on the Atchison Hospital Board from 1990 to 2004, and presently serves on the Board of the Cray Medical Research Organization at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas, a position she has held since 1995. She is the daughter of Cloud L. Cray, Jr.
Dr. Schaller has been a director since October, 1997. He is a member of the Audit Committee, the Human Resources and Compensation Committee and the Nominating and Governance Committee. He currently provides, and from 1996 through November 2001 provided, consulting services through his consulting firm, Schaller Consulting. He was Vice President of Research and Development of International Multifoods Corp., of Minneapolis, Minnesota, from November 2001 through June 2003. He retired from Kellogg Co. in 1996 after 25 years of service. He served Kellogg as its Senior Vice President—Scientific Affairs from 1994 until 1996, and previously was Senior Vice President—Research, Quality and Nutrition for Kellogg.
Ms. Strandjord has been a director since December 2013. She is the Chairwoman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Board's Nominating and Governance Committee and the Human Resources and Compensation Committee.
Ms. Strandjord has over 40 years of financial management experience and was employed in three different and diverse industries after starting in public accounting on the audit staff of Ernst and Whinney in 1968. For 20 years, beginning in 1985, she held several senior financial and related senior management roles at Sprint Corporation. She managed the successful transformation and restructuring of Sprint as Chief Integration Officer from 2003 until 2005 when she retired. Prior to that, she was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Global Solutions, a $9 billion division, from 1998 until 2003 and served as Controller and then Treasurer for Sprint Corporation from 1986 to 1998.
Ms. Strandjord has been a director of American Century Mutual Funds (for six registered investment companies) since 1994. From 1996 through May 2012, she was a director of DST Systems, Inc., Kansas City, Missouri. Ms. Strandjord has been a director of Euronet Worldwide, Inc. ("Euronet") since 2001. She has been Euronet's Lead Independent Director since 2010. She was a trustee for Rockhurst University, Kansas City, Missouri, for nine years and serves on the Heartland Board of the National Association for Corporate Directors, which she chaired for two years and now co-chairs. Ms. Strandjord serves on the private company board of J.E. Dunn Construction Company and is a trustee for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. She also is a director of the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation and serves on the Truman Library Institute Board of Directors.
Mr. Dunn has been a director since May 2014. He is Chairman of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, and a member of the Audit Committee and Human Resources and Compensation Committee. Mr. Dunn served as President and Chief Executive Officer of JE Dunn Construction Company from 1989 to 2005. He was President and Chief Executive Officer of JE Dunn Construction Group, Inc., the holding company for JE Dunn Construction Company and other affiliates across the U.S., from 1989 to 2015. He participates in all facets of the business with extensive experience in construction operations. During Mr. Dunn’s tenure with J.E. Dunn, where he started in 1974, the company has experienced significant growth, becoming the twelfth largest general building company in the U.S. in 2012 and among the top 30 largest contractors in the nation in 2013, according to Engineering News-Record (ENR) magazine. Mr. Dunn serves on the Board of Directors of Kansas City Southern Railroad and UMB Financial Corporation.
Mr. Foglio has been a director since May 2014. He is a member of the Audit Committee, Human Resources and Compensation Committee, and Nominating and Governance Committee. Mr. Foglio's career spans over 40 years in the beverage alcohol industry. Since 2010, he has served as Chairman of Anchor Brewers and Distillers. From 2008 until 2010, he was Chairman of Preiss Imports, which merged into Anchor Brewers and Distillers. Prior to that, as President and Chief Executive Officer and later Chairman, he helped build Skyy Spirits from a one-brand company into one of the top ten multi-line spirits companies in the United States before its acquisition by Campari Group. Previously, Mr. Foglio was President and Chief Operating Officer of International Distillers and Vintners (IDV), North America, the forerunner of Diageo. In 1986, he joined the Paddington Corporation, a U.S. operating unit of IDV, eventually being elected President and Chief Executive Officer in 1993. Mr. Foglio began his career in 1969 with Scott Paper Company before joining the Theodore Hamm Brewing Company in 1971.
Mr. Page has been a director since May 2014. He is a member of the Nominating and Governance Committee, Audit Committee, and Human Resources and Compensation Committee. Mr. Page has served as President of Page Solutions, an independent engineering design and consulting firm, since 2013. An accomplished engineering and manufacturing professional, he holds several patents and is recognized as an industry expert in the fields of valve and bio-technology design. From 1998 to 2012, Mr. Page was Engineering Director at Spence Engineering Company and a Division of Circor International, Inc., a manufacturer of highly engineered products used in the energy, aerospace and industrial markets. He previously held various management positions at Fisher Instruments/H.D. Baumann Assoc. Ltd., a global supplier of control valves and regulators, from 1992 to 1998. Prior to that, he spent four years as the President and Chairman of the Board of Center for Graphic Communications, Inc., a commercial printing company. Mr. Page is a graduate of The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he received a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering and an MBA from the Sloan School of Management.
David Colo has been a director since August 2015. He has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Diamond Foods, Inc., San Francisco, since June 2013. David held the position of Executive Vice President of Global Operations and Supply Chain at Diamond Foods for a year prior to that.
Before joining Diamond Foods, Mr. Colo spent approximately three years as an independent industry consultant, focusing on organizational optimization and planning. From 2005 to 2009, he held leadership positions in the consumer products division of ConAgra Foods, Inc., including roles as Senior Vice President of Sales and Operations Planning, Senior Vice President of Enterprise Manufacturing and Senior Vice President of Operations. From 2003 to 2005, he served as President of ConAgra Food Ingredients.
Mr. Colo had previously served for several years with Nestle-Purina Pet Care Company in roles of increasing responsibility, including Vice President of Supply for the company’s Golden Products Division, and Vice President of Store Brands and Venture Development. He also served for two years as President of the American Dehydrated Onion and Garlic Association.
Mr. Bareuther has been a director since May 2016. He is a member of the Audit Committee, the Human Resources and Compensation Committee and the Nominating and Governance Committee. Mr. Bareuther served as Chief Operating Officer of Brown-Forman Corporation from 2003 until his retirement in 2010. At Brown-Forman, he was responsible for the company's spirits and wine business in more than 140 countries across the globe. Prior to joining Brown-Forman as Director of U.S. sales in 1994, Mr. Bareuther was Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the Seagram Classics Wine Company in New York and California. He previously worked for Beringer Vineyards, a leading wine firm in Napa Valley, California. He is a former three-term chairman of the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS), a national trade association based in Washington, D.C., representing producers and marketers of distilled spirits sold in the U.S. and around the world.
Gus Griffin has served as President and CEO of MGP since July 2014 and as a member of the Board of Directors since August 2014. Mr. Griffin has nearly 30 years of marketing and general management experience in the beverage alcohol industry. He served for 24 years with Brown-Forman Corporation, where he ultimately became Senior Vice President and Global Managing Director in charge of the company's flagship Jack Daniel's business.
Immediately prior to joining to MGP, Mr. Griffin spent a year as Executive Vice President of Marketing for Next Level Spirits, a northern California-based producer, importer and distributor of premium wine and spirits brands. Between 2011 and 2013, he served as Brand and Business Consultant for Nelson's Green Brier Distillery, Nashville, Tennessee.
Mr. Griffin joined Brown-Forman as a Merchandising Representative in 1987 and later moved into sales management. From 1990 to 1997, he advanced through a series of increasingly important brand management roles in Brown-Forman's U.S. marketing organization. In 1997, Mr. Griffin was named Vice President and Managing Director of Brown-Forman's Pacific Region, relocating to Sydney, Australia. He returned to the company's headquarters in Louisville, Kentucky, in 2001, assuming responsibility for the Jack Daniel's brand for the Asia Pacific Region. Within a year, Mr. Griffin was appointed to serve as Vice President and Managing Director for West Main Interactive, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Brown-Forman in the digital and relationship marketing arena.
In 2005, he was named Vice President and Regional Director for Brown-Forman's Southern Europe operating unit based in Barcelona, Spain. With a promotion to Senior Vice President and Global Managing Director for the company's Southern Comfort brand in 2007, Mr. Griffin returned to Brown-Forman's headquarters to lead a worldwide marketing team. He transitioned to Senior Vice President and Global Managing Director for the Jack Daniel's brand franchise in 2008.
In 1982, Mr. Griffin earned a bachelor's degree in economics at the College of William and Mary located in Williamsburg, Virginia. He received a master's degree in business administration in 1987 from the Mason School of Business at this same institution.
Cloud L. Cray Jr. Chairman Emeritus
Mr. Cray retains the title of Chairman Emeritus of the Board following his retirement as a director in August 2015. He had been a member of the Board since 1957 and served as Chairman from 1980 until 2005 and also in 2014. Mr. Cray was President of MGP from 1962 to 1980 and Chief Executive Officer from 1980 to September 1988. Having started with MGP in 1947, his entire career with the Company in executive management positions, along with several terms as a director, spanned nearly 70 years. He is the father of Karen Seaberg.