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Jim Burns (President & Chief Executive Officer)

Jim Burns grew up in Westwood NJ and graduated from Bryant College in Rhode Island.  From 1972 to 1982, Jim was a founder and owner of Village Shops of America, Inc. a multi‑unit retail gourmet shop with locations throughout New Jersey and in New York City.  The stores were famous for a selection of over 125 cheeses, homemade cheese spreads and Gourmet-to-Go meals.  It was here where he developed the idea of slicing, seasoning and then twice baking bagels to come up with the now famous Bagel Crisps.  From 1982 to December 1989, Jim was a founder, owner, and officer of Bagel Crisps, Inc.  Bagel Crisps grew quickly until it encompassed three factories in Paterson, NJ employing more than 400 people with over 25 products and sales of more than $15 million per year in 20 countries around the world.  In April 1990, Bagel Crisps was sold and restructured to become Burns & Ricker, Inc. where Jim remained on as Vice President and spearheaded New Product Development.  In 1987 Jim developed the Bricks Pizza concept. In 1990 he started National Surtrex which imports and sells Medical and Dental products.  Several years later he became involved in Brownstone Baking Co. an importer and exporter of Snack Foods and Baked Goods from Europe and South America.  As President and CEO of Brownstone the business grew to capture a one-third market share.  In 2001 he started Deli Stars which originated the “peel-and-serve” deli tray packed using modified atmosphere. Since then he has started and run several other businesses. Among these are Real Estate, building a large Apartment Complex, a mining venture, MFB Foods a line of frozen Pizza Bagel Snacks, and an overseas sourcing company called Pacific Rim Direct.  Since 2005 he has been the VP of Acquisitions and the head of New Product Development for Nonnis Foods, a company which later purchased his original Bagel Chip idea.

Jim Brown (Chief Operating Officer)

For the past 15 years, Brown has been the executive vice president of manufacturing for B&G foods.  In that capacity he was responsible for manufacturing, procurement, and safety and quality for all items that entered the company's supply chain.  The nature of the company was that of a highly leveraged, aggressive, and growth oriented organization.  When B&G was formed, it consisted of three brands with sales of about $70m; at the end of his tenure, B&G consisted of 21 brands with sales of over $500m.  Brown's role in this dynamic expansion was to manage the day to day manufacturing operations, integrate the operations of newly purchased brands, consolidate facilities, and reduce costs.  As a hands on manager, he was intimately involved with all aspects of his responsibilities.  At the end of his tenure, he controlled a $350m budget and filled the supply chain with about $25m cases annually.