Dean Bordner, Chairman
Dean is currently an Equity Owner and Chief Expansion Officer for Paqui, LLC. Paqui (Aztec which means ” to be happy”) makes and sells gourmet organic tortillas throughout the southwest in Whole Foods stores and numerous restaurants. Current flavors include Buttermilk, Roasted Jalapeño, Cilantro and Pumpkin and Spice. Dean’s key role will be to expand happiness everywhere through new flavors and geographies. http://www.paqui.com
Dean Bordner is the Supply Chain Vice President of the Carolinas Region. Dean is responsible for the Charlotte Site Operations, Lynchburg Site Operations, Carolina’s Sales Operations and the Atlantic Fleet Service Center.
Dean’s tenure at Frito-Lay began in May 1985 when he joined the company as a packaging supervisor for cookies at the Grandma’s facility in Muncy, PA. He moved to the San Antonio, TX plant in 1987 and held roles of processing supervisor, Technical Services Manager and Corn Product Manager. His team along with R&D created and launched the Real Restaurant Style Tostitos chip. This experience helped him as he moved to the Irving, TX plant as the Project Engineer / Product Manager for the SunChips startup. In this role Dean helped to extend the current site and start up the line with a new and improved culture for the line. This included cross training and working across classifications for the team members, the first continuous operations in FL, and a high level of engagement by the operators in running the department.
Resource Competencies were rolled out during this time and Dean was on the initial design team and became a Site Resource. In 1993 Dean was promoted to the leadership team at the St Louis, MO Rold Gold Pretzel plant. During his time there he worked in all the plant Leadership Team roles as well as time in the St Louis Region Office as a precursor to what is now an Area Operations Manager role. This experience with the Region team was a good stepping stone to his next role as Ontario, Canada Area Manufacturing Manager. In this role Dean led the Cambridge, Ontario site through a cultural and performance turnaround and rolled out Resource Competencies across Canada.
After 3 years in Canada, Dean returned to the US as the Central Division Operations Analyst based at headquarters in Plano, TX. Dean was then tapped to lead a performance and cultural turnaround at the Irving, TX Site as the Site Director. After 2 years with performance on the upswing he then took on the newly created role of Operations Region VP for Great Lakes. In this role he had responsibility for 3 Plant sites in Michigan and Ohio and the Warehouses, Traffic and Sales Operations across the Michigan and Ohio Valley Sales Regions.
In January of 2004, Dean moved internationally again to join The Smith’s Snackfood Company in Australia which was a part of PepsiCo International as the VP of Operations and Supply Chain. In his 5 years in Australia the business expanded rapidly doubling in size, tripling in profits and growing market share by 20 points. Dean was a part of 3 Acquisitions; Sakata rice crackers, Bluebird Foods in New Zealand and CoolPack popcorn which along with organic growth led to the strong growth. Pepsi Beverages was also added into the mix and the company became PepsiCo Australia and New Zealand. This included 7 company owned plant sites, 5 Distribution centers and the Franchise Beverage business. Dean helped the Australian & New Zealand team win 4 Donald Kendall awards the highest award given in PepsiCo International to executive teams.
In January 2009 Dean took on his current role as Supply Chain Vice President Carolinas Region. Over the years Dean has been engaged in a variety of businesses and products. He has focused on technical knowledge, cultural and management development assisting in projects like CI2K and Resource Competencies.
Dean has a B.S. degree in Operations Management from Pennsylvania State University and a MBA from Southern Methodist University.
Dean and his 2 daughters, Brittany and Brooke reside in Charlotte, NC.