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Tom Blaser joins Fall Creek’s board of directors

Blaser is latest non-family member brought in to expand the board’s expertise

Tom Blaser joins Fall Creek’s board of directors

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Fall Creek Farm & Nursery has announced that Tom Blaser has joined its professional board of directors, bringing its number to nine.

Most recently, Blaser served as senior vice president and chief financial officer of WR Grace, a US$2.2bn global specialty chemical company.

Before that he held several roles in strategic, operational, and financial management, including serving as president of the North American business unit of Arysta LifeScience Corporation, a global agricultural chemical and life science business. 

Fall Creek, a family-owned company, has expanded its board of directors over several years from entirely family shareholders to include perspectives from external industry leaders with a wide range of business expertise.

Blaser joins Mark Frandsen, Elin Miller, Kevin Murphy, and Roland Wolfram, other non-family, non-executive directors.  Ulrich Pilz has recently retired from the board after almost seven years of service.

“As a family company, we know it’s crucial to have a strong board and appreciate the skills and contributions of outside board members to support us in doing the best job we can – and Tom is an example of someone who’ll help us continue to elevate operations,” said Dave Brazelton, Fall Creek co-founder and executive chair of the board.

“He brings world-class financial acumen and experience in  strategy and business leadership. He will be a great addition as we strive to better serve our customers, our industry and our communities.”

Blaser said: “I’m honoured to join Fall Creek’s accomplished board and leadership team and to support them in continuing the company’s tremendous success and increasing global profile.

“I was drawn to the opportunity because of the organisation’s entrepreneurial spirit and culture, and I look forward to helping them continue to improve current business performance and achieve their goals.” 

 

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