NIAGARA FALLS, ONT. — The International Association of Operative Millers (I.A.O.M.) elected a new president, vice-president and treasurer during its annual conference held April 29 to May 3 in Niagara Falls.
Joel Hoffa, corporate milling engineer at The Mennel Milling Co., Fostoria, Ohio, was elected the 109th president of the I.A.O.M.; Damon Sidles, plant manager at Miller Milling Co., Fresno, Calif., was elected vice-president; and Roy Loepp, senior project engineer with Seaboard Overseas and Trading Group, Merriam, Kas., was elected treasurer.
Mr. Hoffa has been an active member of the I.A.O.M. since 1981. He was treasurer of the association from 2011-12; and vice-president from 2012-13, during which time he was also president of the I.M.E.F.
Mr. Hoffa joined ADM Milling Co. in 1975, and worked at the Atkinson Mill in Minneapolis until 1978, when he left to pursue a degree in milling science-operations at Kansas State University. Upon completion of his bachelor’s degree in milling science in 1980, he took a job at The Pillsbury Co. mill in Ogden, Utah, and stayed with the company until 1992, moving from plants in Los Angeles, Enid, Okla., and St. Louis. He remained in St. Louis with ADM Milling until 1993, when he moved to Wichita, Kas., with Cereal Food Processors, Inc., as plant superintendent. In 1995, Mr. Hoffa joined The Mennel Milling Co. as plant manager in Fostoria. In 2008, he was promoted to the corporate position of milling engineer.
Mr. Sidles is in line to serve as the association’s president from 2014-15. He has been an active member of the I.A.O.M. since 1993.
While serving as I.A.O.M. vice-president, he will serve as president of the I.M.E.F. He has served as a trustee of the foundation since it was established in 2003.
Mr. Sidles graduated from K.S.U. in 1991 with a degree in milling science and management. He joined ConAgra Mills and moved with the company from plants in Decatur, Ala.; Wabasha, Minn.; Alton, Ill.; Blackwell, Okla.; and Oakland, Calif. In 1997, he started working at Miller Milling in Fresno, and took over as the facility’s plant manager in 2000.
Mr. Loepp is in line to serve as the association’s president from 2015-16. He has been an active member of the I.A.O.M. since 1990.
While serving as I.A.O.M. treasurer, Mr. Loepp also will be vice-president of the I.M.E.F.
Mr. Loepp graduated from K.S.U. in 1989 with a degree in milling science and management. He joined Cargill as a production manager, and worked with the company in plants in Topeka, Kas., and Springfield, Ill. In 1995, he took a milling technologist position at Seaboard Corp. in Merriam. In 2001, he was promoted to his current position.