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Operations Executive of the Year
SPECIAL REPORT
As 2022 Operations Executive of the Year, Mike Porter of New Horizons Baking Co.
embodies leadership and dedication that will take the baking industry into the new normal.
by Charlotte Atchley
W
When Mike Porter got started in the baking industry, he
had no aspirations of becoming a company executive.
But after learning from strong mentors, working relentlessly
toward personal improvement and grabbing every
opportunity, he is now president and chief operating officer
of New Horizons Baking Co. (NHBC), Norwalk,
Ohio. He hopes that his story will inspire others to reach
their full potential.
NHBC and its subsidiary Genesis Baking Co. provide
soft rolls and English muffins for some of the most iconic
brands in the United States, including McDonald's,
as well as contract manufacturing for other companies.
With NHBC's latest acquisition - Coalescence NHBC
- the company enters the nutrition and seasonings
space. All together NHBC employs around 500 people
across three different baking facilities, and Mr. Porter
takes his responsibility to those employees and their
families seriously.
Mr. Porter joined NHBC in 1997, and over his 25-year
career, he has developed an empathetic approach to leadership
and ability to adapt to an ever-evolving industry.
His wealth of knowledge across the bakery business has
made him an asset to NHBC, and his dedication to the
industry that has given him so much has enriched the
careers of others. It is these qualities that made Baking
& Snack select Mr. Porter as 2022 Operations Executive
of the Year.
Launching a career
Mr. Porter grew up in rural Ohio with modest dreams
for his baking career. His family owned a small retail
bakery where he got his first taste of the industry. His
father told him if he graduated from AIB International,
his baking career would be set.
" All I wanted was to be a production supervisor, " Mr.
Porter recalled. " I thought if I could be a supervisor, then
I will have made it further than anyone in my family. "
After barely graduating high school, at 19 years
old and a new dad himself, Mr. Porter moved to
Manhattan, Kan., to attend AIB's four-month baking
course. When he considered quitting, his girlfriend,
Jamie, flew with their 14-month-old baby to support
him as he worked his way through the course.
" People don't understand how intense it really was, "
he said. " You went to school from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., and
then I spent all night studying. Most people are sent to
that course by their companies, so their meals and housing
are paid for, but I took a different approach. This was
my education for my livelihood, and we had nothing. "
Unmarried couples were not allowed to live together
on campus, so they did the only thing that made sense:
They got married. They've been married for 25 years,
raised three kids - Brooklyn, Noah and Caleb - and
now are proud grandparents of three.
" To have somebody believe in me like my wife did
- traveling out there with our baby to be with me, " he
remembered. " I probably wouldn't have gotten through
without that to be honest with you. "
It's a theme that has emerged again and again in Mr.
Porter's career and life: a kid from Ohio who people took
a chance on. He's made sure they didn't regret it.
As his mentor Tim Brown, chairman of NHBC, often
says, " It's not how you got the opportunity but what you
do with it, " and Mr. Porter is a living testament to that
truth.
After the AIB course, Mr. Porter immediately had an
interview with Interstate Bakeries Co.
He was all set to take the job, but then an opportunity
came from a bakery closer to home at NHBC. Enticed
by the familiarity and proximity to family, Mr. Porter
started his baking career as production supervisor at
NHBC at 19 years old in 1997. He had achieved his goal
and had no idea what trajectory his career could take.
" I met Tim Brown, who was president at the time, and
I never thought that could be me, " Mr. Porter said.
Mr. Porter will be the first to say his story is one about
the grace of God in his life and the opportunities and
mentors he's been blessed with, but he made the most of
them through hard work and a drive to always improve.
His first big move was from production supervisor
to quality assurance. Within two years of that change,
he became plant manager. From plant manager, Mr.
Porter began bouncing between operations and sales
until 2018 when he made a major career change. After
www.bakingbusiness.com / December 2022 Baking & Snack 15
Mike Porter,
president and COO
of New Horizons
Baking Co., has
spent the majority of
his 25-year career
at the family-owned
bakery, working in
every aspect of the
business.
Photos by Rebecca Trumbull
http://www.bakingbusiness.com

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