David H. Roche, former president and CEO of Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative, is “Sugar Man of the Year ─ 2013.” Roche, who played a major role in both the beet and cane sectors of the sugar industry, received the coveted Dyer Memorial Award at an early December Sugar Club dinner in New York City.
Roche received degrees from Saginaw Valley College and Michigan State University. He joined Michigan Sugar Company in 1976 and moved up quickly through the ranks. In 1994 he became the company’s president and chief operating officer and, as a result of acquisitions, was also involved in the management of the cane sugar refiner Savannah Foods and Imperial Sugar. He became president of Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative in 2001 and expanded and improved the cooperative’s operations.
Roche served as a member of the United States sugar industry’s Mexico Task Force, where he advised government officials on both sides of the border regarding the integration of the sweetener market. He also served as a trustee and senior vice president of the United States Beet Sugar Association and on the boards of the Sugar Association, United Sugars Corporation and Midwest Agri- Commodities.
Roche is the 56th recipient of the Dyer Memorial Award, which is sponsored by the Sugar Club, an international sugar forum.
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Andrea Kavaler, executive vice president of LMC International Ltd., was elected this fall as president of the Sugar Club, an international sugar forum headquartered in New York City.
Kavaler, a graduate of Cornell University, joined LMC International in London in 1984 and moved to its New York office in 1988. LMC Interna- tional is an independent economic and business consultancy for agribusiness sectors around the world.
Kavaler began her career with the USDA’s Cooperative Extension Service. Later, she was an administrator in Lifelong Learning at Marymount Manhattan College, which set up programs for women returning to college after bringing up children. After that, she went to London where she organized summer programs for women majoring in government.
Other elected officers of the Sugar Club are vice presidents Ken Lorenze of Jenkins Sugar Group, Sue Kharouba of Louis Dreyfus Commodities LLC, and Pedro Figueroa of American Sugar Refining. Secretary is Rick Pasco of the Sweetener Users Association. Robert Vorsanger is treasurer of the Sugar Club.