The Bama team of executives combines decades of experience in the food-service industry. They achieve Bama’s mission at the highest level. 

Paula Marshall, Bama Companies CEO Headshot Tulsa OklahomaPAULA A. MARSHALL
Chief Executive Officer
Joined Bama in 1970

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.

 

Rocky Moore, Chief Financial Officer of Bama CompaniesROCKY MOORE
Chief Financial Officer
Joined Bama in 2001

Rocky Moore is the Chief Financial Officer at The Bama Companies, Inc. His responsibilities include finance, accounting, banking, information services, strategic planning, legal, and merger / acquisition activity in the U.S. and abroad. Rocky works to position Bama for long term success by helping create strategies designed to drive profitable, sustainable growth.

Rocky has over 20 years of experience in finance and accounting and holds Certified Public Accountant and Six Sigma Green Belt certifications.

Rocky began his career at Ernst & Young in Assurance Services and received his BSBA in Accounting and Finance from the University of Tulsa in 1995. 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. Most recently, he served as Bama’s CFO for US Operations.

In addition to his work at Bama, Rocky previously served on the board of the Ronald McDonald House of Tulsa for over six years as Treasurer.

 

Tenille Brown, VP of Global Business Execution, Bama CompaniesTENILLE BROWN
VP, Global Business Execution
Joined Bama in 1999

Tenille serves as the VP of Global 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.

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.

 

Jeff Brown, Vice President, US Operations, Bama Companies JEFF BROWN
General Manager, US
Joined Bama in 2001

Jeff serves as General Manager. His responsibilities include aligning Bama’s strategic direction with the Operations, Quality, People Systems, Supply Chain, and Engineering Departments. Jeff works on system view approaches for long-term company and team member success.

Jeff has been with Bama for 19 years. He began his career with Bama in purchasing, where he received his Green Belt Certification before transitioning into Supplier Quality. From there, Jeff moved into Operations and has held the position of Operations Manager and Plant Manager at the Bama Pie and Bama Frozen Dough facilities. Most recently he served as Vice President, US Operations.

Jeff graduated with his MBA from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. He has held various roles in the food industry for more than 25 years.

 

RICHARD COOPER
General Manager – Bama Europe
Joined Bama in 2018
As General Manager of Bama’s European Business, Richard plays an integral role in managing both day-to-day operations of Bama’s European-based facilities, but also helps to ensure that Bama’s mission; People Helping People Be Successful with Caring and Accountability, and overall company philosophy is integrated throughout the entire organisation.
 
Richard brings to Bama a wealth of knowledge and experience within the food industry, having served as a Director at a number of leading companies, RHM PLC, Tomkins PLC, Doughty Hanson Ltd and Maple Leaf Foods Inc. Richard is a Bama appointed Director at Evron, Easibake and Europa.
He established ion 2013 and runs an independent consultancy firm, Rowans Consultancy Ltd, specialising in M&A activity for family offices in the food sector. He is Chairman of MHS Homes Group and Trustee of Foot Works Charity, which he founded, which supports minority groups providing health care for the homeless.
A native of the Great Britain, Richard’s home city is London, a Warwick alumnus, with business study at INSEAD. He is a trained samaritan, specific to mental health, and first aid practitioner, specific to his work in the Charity sector.
During Richards down time he spends much of his time on humanitarian needs and focusing on his parents needs, being an only child this priority is hugely important to him. He also has a start up interest in Jackpot, a peanut butter business, Yup, Peanut Butter!

JACOB CHAPMAN
Business Development
Joined Bama in 2015

As one of the leaders within Bama’s sales team and a fourth-generation member of the family business, Jacob’s responsibilities include new sales, customer relations, product development, consumer research, product production, marketing and execution of overall sales initiatives.

As a fourth-generation leader at Bama, Jacob continues to work his way throughout the entire Bama organization, gaining experience and knowledge within every department and operation within the organization. To date, Jacob’s experience includes, general production, quality assurance, supplier quality audits, operations management, customer relations, product development, public relations, marketing, insights and research as well as other various facets of the organization.

 Jacob is a Tulsa native. He is currently working toward his B.S. in Business Management. He currently serves on the board of directors for Food On The Move and the Board of advisors for the Committee of 100.