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Corporate Profile

Michael Kanan
Chairman
Board of Directors

Mr. Kanan has been chairman since he bought King Nut Company in 1989.  He also was President and Chief Executive Officer through 2003.  He has been a food industry executive his entire professional career.  Prior to King Nut he was an executive officer at Ever Fresh Juice, Inc. and John Labatt, Ltd.  Born in Detroit, Michigan, Mr. Kanan has a BS in Accounting from the University of Detroit.  In his role as chairman, he mainly is involved in the company’s finance and acquisition activities.  In his past role as President, he was the leader in the acquisition of both King Nut and Peterson Nut.   Mr. Kanan has three grown children with his wife Betty and they reside in Chagrin Falls, Ohio and Marco Island, Florida.

 


Martin Kanan
President and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Kanan has been President and Chief Executive Officer since October 2003. Mr. Kanan joined King Nut in 1991 as its National Sales Manager and has also been Vice President of Sales and Marketing. In 2000 he became Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Kanan was instrumental in developing King Nut as the nation’s leader in supplying the airline industry with snacks. Prior to joining King Nut, Mr. Kanan was in sales management for Blissfield Manufacturing Company and also Shelby Enterprises (now a division of Stant Corporation)—both are Michigan automotive and off-road OEM suppliers. Born in Detroit, Michigan, Mr. Kanan has a BA in Communications from Michigan State University. In his current role as President and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Kanan oversees and leads the company’s complete business operations. Mr. Kanan is married to Donnie and they reside in Cleveland, Ohio.
 


Matthew R. Kanan
Executive Vice President Sales and Marketing

Mr. Kanan has been Executive Vice President in charge of Sales and Marketing since 2003.  Mr. Kanan joined King Nut in 1991 as a Regional Manager of Sales and Marketing.  He has also been the National Sales Manager and Director of Sales and Marketing.  In his current role, Matt oversees the company’s complete sales force and is responsible for directing the company’s marketing initiatives and brand imaging. He is also second in charge, assisting the President in running the company.   Born in Detroit, Michigan, Matt has a BBA in Marketing from Western Michigan University.  Mr. Kanan resides in Fairview Park, Ohio with his wife Denise and their two sons.



Joseph A. Valenza
Senior Vice President Finance and Administration

Mr. Valenza has been Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration since December of 2006.  Before that he was Vice President and Corporate Controller.  Mr. Valenza joined King Nut in 1993 in customer service.  Since then, Joe has held several positions in accounting and purchasing.  He also was the assistant controller.  In his current role, Joe oversees the administration of finance, accounting, purchasing, human resources, information technology and customer service.  Born in Warren, Michigan, Joe has a BS in Accounting from Western Michigan University, and has passed the CPA exam.  Mr. Valenza resides in Lyndhurst, Ohio with his wife Karen and two daughters.




Debra A. Smith
Vice President
Quality Assurance and Product Development

Ms. Smith has been Vice President of Quality Assurance and Product Development since December of 2006.  Before that she was the department’s director since 2003.  Ms. Smith joined King Nut in 2001 as the manager of Quality Assurance.  Prior to that, she held several positions in quality assurance for major food processors such as Pillsbury and Roush Gourmet Foods.  Deb is responsible for the company’s quality assurance and HACCP programs, research and development, and policies and procedures.   Born in Youngstown, Ohio, Deb has extensive training in HACCP, SPC, and AIB.  Ms. Smith has two grown children with her husband Mike and they reside in Freedom Township, Ohio.


 


Michael Smith
Managing Director Manufacturing and Plant Operations


Mr. Smith is our newly promoted managing director of manufacturing and plant operations. Mike joined King Nut as a machine operator while in college in 2001. He swiftly moved through the company ranks in many manufacturing, quality and management roles. His last appointment was as plant manager for our plant #2. Mike has many years’ experience in SQF food safety training and in lean manufacturing. In this role as managing director he leads our entire manufacturing operation which includes production, engineering, distribution, maintenance & facilities and all the personnel responsible for making and delivering our high quality products. Born in Akron, Ohio, Mike has an education in Computer Science from Kent State University and lives in Shalersville, Ohio.


Outlet Store Locations Corporate Headquarters:
Peterson Nut
1101 Carnegie Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44115
216.861.4017
M-F 9:00am to 5:00pm
Sat. 9:00am to 3:00pm EST
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King Nut
31900 Solon Rd.
Solon, OH 44139
440.248.8484
M-F 10:00am to 5:00pm EST
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King Nut Companies
31900 Solon Rd.
Solon, OH 44139 USA
800.860.5464
fax 440.248.0153
M-F 8:15am to 5:00pm EST
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