Cloverleaf Cold Storage has continued the process of augmenting its executive leadership team with the promotion of a long‐time company officer, in addition to the announcement of two key new hires. The ownership group of Cloverleaf are pleased to make these additions to augment the longstanding leadership provided by members of the founding Kaplan and Feiges families.
Curtis Mastbergen named president
As part of this expansion, Curtis Mastbergen has been promoted to president of Cloverleaf, reporting to Co‐CEOs Bill Feiges and Daniel Kaplan Mastbergen, who grew up on a farm in Iowa, currently serves as vice president of operations, and served previously as vice president of finance and administration. In that role, he was instrumental in selecting and deploying successfully an enterprise‐wide warehouse management system, and developing the work processes that have come to define Cloverleaf as a best‐in‐class cold chain vendor.
Prior to joining Cloverleaf in 2002, he was president of Farmers and Merchants Bank. Mastbergen holds a BA from Northwestern College and an MBA from the University of South Dakota. He and his wife Char enjoy boating and spending time with their five children.
Matthew Bremer named CFO
Matthew Bremer has joined Cloverleaf to create the position of chief financial officer (CFO). He brings a wealth of experience to Cloverleaf, having worked with both public and private companies. Prior to joining the company, Bremer spent most of his career working in the food production and processing industry including positions at Del Monte Foods, The Bama Companies, Nash Finch, Gold ‘N Plump Poultry, and Christensen Farms. He specializes in strategic planning, as well as mergers and acquisitions.
Bremer is a native Minnesotan with a BA from St John’s University and an MBA from Yale University. He is a marathon runner and the father of five.
Ken Smith named VP of operations
Ken Smith will join Cloverleaf as vice president of operations. Smith previously was vice president of transportation & warehousing for ConAgra Foods, and had responsibility for the distribution operation functions for the Consumers Foods businesses. Prior to joining ConAgra, Ken held various supply chain leadership roles with Rich Sea‐Pak, Millard Warehouse, Pepsi Cola, and Sara Lee. He has had responsibilities for national distribution programs, as well as end‐to‐end project management for numerous strategic initiatives across supply chain organizations including mergers and acquisitions, network optimization, and startup operations for distribution centers.
Smith holds a BS from Jacksonville University. He and his wife Barbara reside in Dakota Dunes, SD.
“I am excited to work with this highly experienced team to help lead Cloverleaf into a robust period of growth,” said Daniel Kaplan. “These individuals, along with the rest of the senior staff and all of our associates, will ensure that Cloverleaf continues the tradition of dedication to service that has allowed us to become a trusted partner to many of the world’s best food companies.”