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OPERATIONS EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR
" I MET TIM BROWN, WHO WAS
PRESIDENT AT THE TIME, AND I NEVER
THOUGHT THAT COULD BE ME. "
Mike Porter, New Horizons Baking Co.
According to Ms. Bediako, Mr. Porter has always been
much more than a " small part " of the success of the
business.
" Mike is dedicated, committed, honest and trustworthy, "
she said. " He has broad industry knowledge, he understands
operations, he has good relationships with his peers,
and he cares about each employee that works with us. "
All those factors lead to why he was the obvious
choice to help execute her vision.
" He's a man of his word, and someone I can count on, "
Ms. Bediako said. " Even when we disagree on something,
we work it out, and I know that once he leaves
my office, we'll be on the same page, and I can trust
that he'll communicate to the team the way I want it to
be communicated. "
Making dreams realities
The Brown family has grown NHBC into a major supplier
to some of the biggest brands in the United States, and Mr.
Porter said he's been blessed to have been a part of that
story. In 2009 as vice president of sales administration for
NHBC's subsidiary, Genesis Baking Co., Mr. Porter initiated
the construction of NHBC's rail spur where flour is
delivered and blown underground into the facility. Before
the rail spur, the bakery was receiving flour by truck several
times a day. The spur enabled the bakery to buy flour
in higher quantities at a better price and quality.
The Ohio Rail Commission awarded NHBC a grant
for the $50,000 project, and because of its benefit to
the Norwalk community, the opening of the rail spur
attracted the attention of a leading state official at that
time.
" The lieutenant governor asked me what else we had
going on, and I knew we were getting ready to expand
the bun line with a new oven, " Mr. Porter recalled. " And
he mentioned there was more grant money out there. "
Mr. Porter went back to work and discovered an energyefficiency
grant that would award a maximum of $1
million, so the company installed a new oven with heat
reclamation. The captured heat would be repurposed to
heat the proof box and boilers. During the ribbon cutting
for that expansion, Mr. Porter mentioned the grant
application to the lieutenant governor's assistant, who
promised to keep an eye out for it.
" He called me later and says, 'I can't tell you anything,
but you're about to get a call and I just wanted to say
congratulations,' " Mr. Porter remembered. " And 5 minutes
later, I get a call that we've been awarded the grant
for $1 million. I was about to pass out. "
A copy of the original check sits framed in Mr.
Porter's office. The investments made from 2009 to 2011
allowed NHBC to increase capacity from 4,000 to 5,000
dozen English muffins per line as the company added
an English muffin line about every year and a half, Mr.
Porter estimated.
When Mr. Porter returned to NHBC, the company
had a new leader in Ms. Bediako, who had an exciting
new vision to take NHBC beyond baking, one that his
new experiences were well-suited to fulfill.
" We want to be more than a baker, " Ms. Bediako said.
" We want our place in this industry to be a provider of
As president and COO, Mike Porter supports and helps execute
CEO Trina Bediako's vision for the company's next phase,
becoming a solutions provider for food, beverage and nutrition.
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