The Tillamook County Creamery Association has hired its next president and CEO.
Patrick Criteser comes to Tillamook Cheese from Coffee Bean International, a Portland-based coffee roaster, where he has served as president and CEO.
Criteser will replace Harold Strunk, who announced his plans to retire from TCCA in April. Strunk has remained with TCCA on a consulting basis, and Mark Wustenberg, vice president of quality and member relations, served as interim CEO during the hiring process.
Criteser has spent the past eight years in the coffee industry. While at Coffee Bean International, he grew sales by more than 300 percent, according to a TCCA announcement to its member farms. Prior to his role at Coffee Bean International, a TCCA announcement touts that Criteser “held management and strategic development roles” at Nike, Walt Disney Company and Procter & Gamble. "He also spent time as a principal at SmartForest Ventures, a Portland-based venture capital fund, where he led the firm's investments in several companies," the announcement states.
Criteser has a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Washington and a master's degree in business administration from Harvard Business School.
Criteser will officially begin as TCCA's eighth chief executive on Aug. 20.
For more on this story, pick up the Aug. 8 print edition of the Headlight Herald.