HOUSTON, TX – Martin Preferred Foods (martinfoods.com) has announced the appointment of Jeffrey Tapick as its new chief executive officer and president. He assumed responsibilities on January 1, 2018, and succeeds his father, Michael Tapick, as the third generation of the Tapick family to lead the company in its 74-year history. Michael Tapick will continue to serve as chairman and leader of the company’s Advisory Board.
“Jeff’s vision and leadership will move our company forward and continue building upon our great legacy of success in serving our customers,” said Michael Tapick. “For the past three years as our company’s president and chief operating officer, Jeff has played a critical leadership role in all areas of the company. He has shown himself to be a strong leader with a solid understanding of our operations, our customers, and our 375 valued employees.”
Since 2014, Jeffrey Tapick has led the MPF team as its president and chief operating officer, during which time the company recorded double-digit growth in sales, highlighted by the opening of a state-of-the-art USDA poultry further processing facility in 2015. He managed the company’s continued evolution from a Texas-based regional distributor into a nationally recognized further processer of meat and poultry, servicing more than 2,200 independent restaurants, hotels, country clubs, grocery stores, and multi-unit chains from coast to coast.
“It’s an honor to accept this role and continue to build upon the incredible legacy and foundation of this company that my father, my grandfather, and my great uncle worked so hard to create,” said Jeffrey Tapick. “I look forward to working together with our great team as we uphold the many strengths that MPF offers to our customers and to our family of employees, while continuing to find new ways to add value and provide an exceptional experience for our customers. Above all, we will continue to embrace the core values, mission, and vision that have guided us throughout our company’s 74-year history.”
Jeffrey Tapick first joined MPF in 2011 as its general counsel, a position he held for three years prior to his appointment as president and chief operating officer. He holds a B.A. from Amherst College and a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law. Prior to joining MPF, he served as a trial litigator with the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., and was an attorney in private practice in New York City. In 2014, he earned an M.B.A. in Family Business from the Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University.
About Martin Preferred Foods
Houston-based Martin Preferred Foods (“MPF”) is a premier provider of quality center-of-the-plate proteins and specialty foods. Founded in 1944 and now in its third generation of family leadership, the company’s distinguished brand is rooted in unique products that are fresh, memorable, on-trend, and sought after by the nation’s top chefs. With core values centered on family, dependability, integrity, innovation, and local community, the company is committed to adding value to its customers’ menus through its products and services. The MPF vision is to become its customers’ favored business partner by providing the most exceptional customer experience in the market. Its product offerings encompass an extensive range of center-of-the-plate proteins, globally sourced specialty groceries and fine cheeses, and authentic Tex-Mex cuisine under its Reserva® brand. Reflecting an industry-leading commitment to food safety and quality control, Martin Preferred Foods has earned the highest ratings achievable from the prestigious British Retail Consortium certification under the Global Food Safety Initiative.
Tammy LB Smith, VP Marketing