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Jim Rosen

Founder/CEO/President 1984-2015

 

In 1984 Jim Rosen founded Highland Baking Co. as a family-owned fresh delivery business here in the Chicagoland area. With over forty years of baking industry experience Jim's passion for both great bread and great service has fueled the company's growth. Under Jim's steadfast leadership the modest five-person operation has since grown to include two commercial manufacturing plants, employing hundreds of team members, with distribution services spanning the nation. Since his passing in 2015, we continue to honor Jim's legacy by providing our customers the highest quality products and exceptional customer service that have made Highland Baking Co. a respected leader in the commercial baking industry. Jim is survived by his wife of over 35 years, Gail Rosen (co-founder), three children and six grandchildren.




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Stu Rosen

CEO/President

 

As a fourth generation baker, Stu Rosen continues the family tradition as Highland Baking Co.'s trusted CEO and President. Having served alongside founder Jim Rosen, Stu continues the legacy set forth by his father. He brings with him a continuing passion for bread, commitment to service and an eye for innovative baking solutions. Stu lives with his wife and four children here in the Chicagoland area.


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Gail Rosen

Corporate Secretary

 

Gail opened Highland Baking Co. along with Jim in 1984 as a five-person operation dedicated to providing a quality product and exceptional service. She lives in Northbrook, IL and has been married to Jim for over 35 years. They have three children, five grandchildren and this business, which she has always considered her fourth child.


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Francisco Nevarez

Plant Manager Northbrook

 

Joining Highland right after finishing school, Francisco has been with us since 1998, working his way up from a Special Delivery Driver then a Sanitation Manager then a Quality Assurance Supervisor to an Assistant Plant Manager and now Plant Manager. He is married with one son.


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Catherine Policella

Director of Culinary CCP

 

Catherine has spent the last 17 years as a Concept Development Chef as well as a Culinary Manger and an Innovation Team Leader for several International Companies in the Bakery Manufacturing Industry. A graduate of the CIA and recipient of the Francis R. Roth Award for Outstanding Performance, Catherine's achievements include spearheading Innovation Programs based on consumer insights and the ever changing world market.


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Adriana Salas

Office Supervisor

 

Adriana has been part of the Highland family since 1997. Her responsibilities include training office and customer service employees, providing our customer service team with the tools they need to offer exceptional service, offering Spanish language support to our Spanish-speaking customers and taking charge as a Customer Service Leader. Adriana is proud of her two wonderful daughters.


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Karen Serslev

Territory Manager

 

Karen has an extensive background in the bakery industry. She joined Highland Baking Co. over 5 years ago and has enjoyed her time working with customers in all areas of Foodservice. She especially enjoys working with chefs to create new products and bringing their ideas to the table. Karen lives in Park Ridge with her husband and two children.


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Peter Wroblewski

Territory Manager

 

With over 20 years experience in the foodservice industry, Peter is well suited to answer any questions you may have regarding Highland Baking's products. His career includes time with TGIFriday's, the Levy Organization, as well as owning his own restaurant.  He has been with Highland Baking since 2004, and resides in Highland Park, IL with his wife Valerie and sons, Kyle and Chris.


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Kameron Bratt

Territory Manager

 

Kameron has been in the foodservice industry for 20 years, working in restaurants and bars in many different capacities. She has her BA from the University of Texas at Austin. She moved to Chicago in 2003, and continues to enjoy the city's vibrant restaurant scene. Kameron lives in Evanston with her husband, two sons, and two dogs, and spends her free time watching her boys play hockey and lacrosse.



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Bill Perakis

Territory Manager

 

Bill joined the Highland Baking Co. Family in 2013. He brings over 15 years of experience in the food service industry. Bill enjoys cooking and loves to talk anything sports. He resides in the south suburbs with his wife Kelly, and son Yianni.



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Michael Galenson

VP of Operations

 

Michael, a USSR émigré and holder of a degree in Food and Restaurant Management from a college in Moscow, has a long history in the foodservice industry. Starting off as a restaurant manager first in his home country and then in the US, Michael joined Highland in 1996 as our plant manager. He is married with a daughter and lives in Northbrook, IL.


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Chris Waidner

Fresh Sales Supervisor

 

Chris has been with Highland Baking since 2008 and has over 15 years experience.  Married to a chef, she enjoys dining, cooking and entertaining.  Chris lives in the Western suburbs and has two boys.


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Cheryl Rosen Wedyck

Director of Human Resources

 

As the daughter of Jim and Gail Rosen, Cheryl grew up in the bread business, but officially joined the company as part of the customer service department in 2002. After obtaining a degree in psychology from DePaul University, she took over the human resources department. Cheryl is married and has 2 daughters.


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Steve Barnhart

Research and Development

 

Steve has been in the foodservice industry for over 10 years and has worked at restaurants and catering companies. He began his education at Kendall College’s School of Culinary Arts where he developed his traditional European-style bread baking under the tutelage of the world’s top bakers. In 2007, Steve became the youngest Certified Master Baker in the US.


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Boris Golenson

Chief Engineer

 

Boris holds a degree in mechanical engineering and has over 35 years of experience, including more than 20 years of experience in the baking industry. He has been an integral part of Highland Baking Co. since 1989. He oversees the day-to-day engineering operations and has managed all engineering aspects of Highland’s expansion throughout the years. He lives with his wife in Skokie. They have two children and three grandchildren.


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Gaby Cid Leal

Director of Quality Assurance

 

Gaby Cid Leal joined the Highland Baking family in 2009. She grew up in Mexico, within a family where baking was always a treat. She owned and operated a Bakery in Chicago for several years. Gaby lives in Northbrook, IL and has two sons.


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Jennifer Mara

Territory Manager

 

Jennifer has been with the Highland Baking family since 2003. She has her Bachelors of Science from Towson University and a Culinary and Pastry degree from Le Cordon Bleu Cooking and Hospitality of Chicago. She is food obsessed and loves to talk about anything and all things culinary. She currently resides in the city of Chicago with Chuck and Louie, her two dogs.


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Michael Fitzpatrick

Territory Manager

 

Mike joined the Highland team in 2012 bringing with him more than 25 years of experience in the Chicago bread sales market. Currently serving Milwaukee-area restaurants, Mike is well-known throughout the culinary community for his personable customer service and loyal dedication to his clients. On the weekends, he often spends time with his two sons, and he has a daughter studying at Drexel University in Philadelphia. Mike now lives in Racine, WI. near Lake Michigan. If you are ever nearby, cast your eyes towards the water. You might just catch him kayaking by.