The Bama Team
Our executive team combines decades of experience in the food-service industry. They achieve Bama’s mission at the highest level.
As Bama’s Chief Executive Officer, Paula provides strategic leadership and direction to the entire organization. Her vision stands as a beacon for Bama team members, inspiring the organization to achieve the Bama mission – “People Helping People Be Successful”.
Paula assumed responsibility as CEO of the Bama Companies in 1984, which now includes Bama Pie, Bama Foods, Bama Frozen Dough, Beijing Bama and Bama Europa. Under her leadership Bama has expanded to provide a wide variety of frozen desserts and baked goods to fast food chains and casual and family dining restaurants.
Paula received her Bachelor of Science in business from Oklahoma City University (OCU) in 1982, and her PhD in commercial science, also from OCU, in 1993.
Paula is the author of four books, the most recent was co-authored with New York Times bestselling author Jim Stovall. The Executive Entrepreneur is an important conversation starter about how all business people must embrace both entrepreneurship and management to succeed. To purchase Paula’s books, visit her amazon page.
Bill Chew is the Chief Financial Officer for The Bama Companies, Inc. His responsibilities include finance, accounting, banking, Information Services, strategic planning, People Systems, and merger / acquisition activity in the U.S. and abroad.
Bill has over 30 years of experience in finance, accounting, acquisitions, and consulting. He has extensive training and experience in quality improvement, leadership, strategic planning, and Six Sigma.
Prior to Bama, Bill was a Partner elect in a Chicago based consulting firm where he assisted clients in the areas of strategic sourcing and sales and marketing.
Bill began his career in 1978 with Price Waterhouse in the Chicago office after receiving his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Illinois.
As Executive Vice President, Kevin oversees our international operations, our us plant operations, Research and Development, Culinary as well as our National Accounts and Marketing business.
Kevin joined Bama in 2011, bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience to Bama. He has spent the majority of his career working in strategic sales, marketing and business development roles within the food manufacturing and distribution industry. Since 2005, he held the position of Managing Director for Cherry Tree & Associates, LLC, which specializes in representing sellers and buyers of middle-market companies. His other work experience includes serving in a variety of key leadership roles with CNS, Inc., General Mills, The Pillsbury Company and The Liggett Group.
Kevin earned his bachelors degree in business administration from Temple University. He is a Senior Advisor to Cherry Tree & Associates and has published numerous articles and research pieces on various segments of the food industry and related sectors.
Rocky Moore is the Vice President of Finance, IT and Strategic Sourcing at The Bama Companies, Inc. The team members under his supervision provide vital support to Bama’s U.S. manufacturing operation in the areas of finance, accounting, information services, and strategic sourcing.
Rocky began his career at Ernst & Young as a Manager of Assurance Services. He received his BSBA in Accounting and Finance from the University of Tulsa in 1995 and earned his CPA in 1997. The University of Tulsa awarded him the Young Alumni of the Year award in 2004 as recognition for the outstanding achievements and successes that have accompanied his career.
In addition to his work at Bama, Rocky has served on the board of the Ronald McDonald House of Tulsa for over six years where he has served as Treasurer.
Tenille serves as the VP of Business Execution for The Bama Companies, Inc. Her responsibilities include setting strategic direction and ensuring alignment in growth strategies, overseeing project management and commercialization of new products, and maintaining the overall relationships with many of our major customers.
Tenille spent many years as the Director of the McDonald’s business unit, where her team was responsible for innovation, commercialization, sourcing and pricing, compliance, marketing insight, production and assured supply, distribution, and customer service.
Tenille has worked with Bama for over 14 years, and the vast majority of her experience has been in the McDonald’s System. She has 2 years of experience in People Systems and Organizational Development, and during that time she worked with staffing, policy and procedure manuals, regulatory reporting, and overall team member engagement.
Tenille received her Bachelor of Business Administration from The University of Oklahoma, and her MBA from the University of Tulsa.
Vice President R&D, QA
Joined Bama in 1991
Mike received his Bachelor of Science degree from Oklahoma State University. He joined Bama in 1991,
Mike has worked with Bama for over 20 years, where he began his career. Mike spent 15 years as the Director of Operations for each of the Bama Facilities. During his career he has been involved in commissioning several production lines while at Bama. In his first years, he held various positions at Bama’s facilities in Supply Quality, Plant Quality and Production.
Mike currently serves as the VP of R&D and QA for The Bama Companies, Inc. His responsibilities include strategy and alignment for the Corporate Quality, R&D and Culinary teams as it relates to Bama’s customers and business.
Vice President, US Operations
Joined Bama in 2001
Jeff graduated with an MBA from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. He has held various roles in the food industry for over 20 years. He has been with Bama for 14 years. Jeff began his career with Bama in Purchasing and transitioned into Supplier Quality. From Supplier Quality, Jeff moved into Operations and has held the position of Operations Manager and Plant Manager at the Bama Pie and Bama Frozen Dough facilities.
Jeff currently serves as the VP of Operations for the Bama Companies. His responsibilities include aligning Bama’s strategic direction with our Tulsa production facilities as well as overseeing our Engineering and Supply Chain Groups to do the same.
As Vice President and General Manager for Bama’s operations in Asia, Bernie has led the company’s growth there. In this role, he is responsible for all facets of sales, operations and administration for Bama’s three facilities in China, which serve all of Asia. Grounded in operations, Bernie has also overseen the construction and start-up of four processing facilities in China, two of them for Bama.
Bernie joined The Bama Companies, Inc. in 1999 after spending 12 years with Chicago-based meat processor OSI Industries, Inc. He has spent 22 years living and working in the Greater China region including the last 16 years in the People’s Republic of China both for Bama and OSI and six years in Taipei, Taiwan where he ran a meat processing facility for OSI. Prior to that, Bernie also spent 10 years working for the McDonald’s Corporation.
Bernie serves on the Board of Directors for McDonald’s China Ronald McDonald House Charities and is the Chairman for the McDonald’s China Supply Chain Leadership Council. As an active member of the American Chamber of Commerce – China, he has served in various committee leadership roles.
Anita Stasiak-Bełz is the General Manager for Bama’s operations in Europe. Anita led the construction of brand new facility in Poland – Bama’s first investment in Europe. In her role with great support of local management team, she is responsible for all the aspects of sales, R&D, operations and administration of the facility.
Prior to working at Bama, Anita worked for companies in different sectors of industry: consulting, retail and production with a continuing thread in Human Relations. While at IKEA, she served as Human Resources Manager and followed that with a position at Cargill as a Human Resources Director. The last 2.5 years at Cargill she held a triple role: HR, Admin and Supply Chain.
Anita graduated from University of Economics in Wrocław with further postgraduate education in Commercial Law (University of Wrocław), Psychology of Management (University of Wrocław) and Management (Canadian International Management Institute).
Eivind is responsible for further development and enhancement of Bama’s international business, with a particular emphasis on Europe.
Prior to joining Bama, Eivind spent 33 years with a global multinational in the food and agricultural industry. He held various trading, management and leadership roles, both in the United States and in Eastern and Western Europe. During his prior career, he gained deep and broad knowledge of starting as well as leading and expanding existing businesses, in domestic, internationally mature and developing economies. His responsibilities included strategic customers, strategy development and execution, as well as investments. Eivind is passionate about talent development and mentoring.
Eivind was born in Oslo, Norway. He is an officer and graduate in Russian of the Army Language School, Oslo, and received his BA from the University of Oslo, and an MA from the University of Minnesota. He speaks English, Italian, Russian and Norwegian.