NASHVILLE, TN — Crown Bakeries, the Nashville, TN-based baking company, has announced 13 new hires and promotions across multiple locations. Here’s what the company has to say about its new team members.



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Kandy L. Grenier, VP of human resources

“Kandy will be an outstanding addition to our leadership team with her strong Human Resources background and will guide our pursuit of excellence as we grow the company to meet present and future opportunities.”

Troy Schmidli, director of HR operations

“This is a newly created position that will help meet our growing needs as we look toward expansion opportunities. Troy will oversee HR operations companywide and our HR leadership team at each facility will report to him.”

Matt Boxrucker, director of operations

“Matt will have enterprise-wide operations responsibilities. He was most recently Senior VP of Manufacturing at Richelieu Foods in Chicago where he was responsible for five manufacturing facilities and over 1,000 associates.”

Chance Delany, director of strategic analysis

“Chance will be instrumental in our strategic planning as we identify our long-term growth strategy. He was previously with Deloitte Consulting, LLP, where he was a business analyst and consultant.”

Seth Hampton, corporate director of engineering

“Seth is being promoted from his former role as engineering manager. In his new position, Seth will be hands-on with major capital projects and support our facilities wherever his engineering expertise is needed.”

Larry Murray, regional director of operations | Georgia

“Larry is being promoted from his former role as general manager of the Norcross, GA facility. This is a newly created position and provides important leadership as we look toward future growth and expansion opportunities.”


Announcements for Georgia facilities

Ralph Smink, plant manager in Norcross, GA

“Ralph is being promoted from his former role as engineering manager of the Norcross facility. In his new role, he will lead the team and brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and leadership to the plant manager’s position.”

Karl Diver, plant manager in Smyrna, GA

“Karl brings a wealth of experience, bakery knowledge and leadership skills that will be essential as the Smyrna facility expands to meet future growth. He was previously with Bimbo Bakeries USA as production supervisor, production manager and plant manager at the Atlanta facility.”

Elvia Guzman, production manager in Smyrna, GA

“Elvia was previously the production manager for Gold Standard Baking, Inc.  Prior to that she was operations supervisor for the Kellogg Company in Chicago.”


Mike Krubeck, production manager in Smyrna, GA

“Mike was previously with Richelieu Foods in Wisconsin, where he held several positions including manufacturing manager, production scheduler/buyer and production supervisor.”


Matthew Lee Vander Lyke, engineering manager in Smyrna, GA

“Lee brings a wealth of engineering and leadership experience and spent the past 15 years as senior plant engineer at The Kroger Co. Manufacturing Bakery & Beverage.”



Announcements for Music City facility

Thomas “TJ” Evert, engineering manager

“TJ was most recently with Rademaker USA, Inc., where he was field services engineer. He is very familiar with our equipment and has worked with us throughout our recent expansion and installation of our high-speed croissant line.”

Michael Buroker, production supervisor

“Michael was most recently with Gold Standard Baking, Inc. in Chicago, where he was acting production manager.”

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