Tim Omer

President and Managing Director

Tim Omer began his career 30 years ago working in sales and marketing in the U.S. dairy industry. Formerly, as the CEO and Owner of DCI Cheese Company he was the driving force behind boosting the company from five employees to 450 employees, and transforming it into a leader in the U.S. specialty cheese industry. Tim is a true authority on domestic and imported specialty cheeses and brought his expertise along when he joined Emmi Roth USA in September of 2014.

Reto Mueller

Associate Managing Director

Reto Mueller started his career at Ernst & Young in Zug, Switzerland, where he obtained his license as a Swiss Certified Public Accountant. After building up the Economic Affairs department at the Swiss Federal Office for Civil Aviation, he joined Emmi as Head of Group Controlling and Treasury in 2007. In September, 2011, Reto relocated to the United States to assume the role as Vice President of Finance for the U.S. business for Emmi. In 2014, Reto was named Associate Managing Director for Emmi Roth USA.

Denise Lofquist

Director of Human Resources

Denise Lofquist started her career in 2003 in the building automation industry at Invensys, which was later acquired by Schneider Electric. During her tenure she held progressive roles in Human Resources. She then joined the Regal Beloit Corporation, a global manufacturer of mechanical and electrical products, where she was most recently the Director of Global Talent. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and became a Certified Professional in Human Resources in 2007. Denise joined Emmi Roth USA in March, 2015.

Bryan Nielson

Vice President of Supply Chain

Bryan Nielson brings more than 25 years of experience from Kraft Foods in multiple functional and leadership roles. Prior to joining Emmi Roth USA, Bryan was in a leadership position in a newly created North American Supply Chain Reinvention Team at Mondelez International where his focus was integrating supply chain from end to end. He has held various leadership roles across the supply chain including continuous improvement roles and has North American and International Supply Chain experience. Bryan joined Emmi Roth in September, 2014.

Robert Frie

Director of Operations

Robert has been involved with the dairy industry for his entire life. During his childhood he rode along with his dad picking up farm route milk, and delivering it to local factories in Green County. After graduating high school, he worked at a Mozzarella facility starting as a warehouse employee and advancing throughout multiple departments in the company. Rob joined Emmi Roth USA in 2002 as the Quality Compliance Officer. Previously, he also held the positions of Plant Manager at two of the Emmi facilities, and was Director of Quality for all of Emmi Roth USA. In November of 2015 he was promoted to Director of Operations, overseeing both the Monroe and Platteville plants.

Marc Druart

Senior Director of Research & Development

Marc grew up in northern France and, as a teenager, left to attend the National Dairy School in Jura – the premier cheesemaking region of France. Marc received his (Brevet de Technicien Superieur) from the National Dairy School of Poligny, France, in 2000. After graduation, Marc traveled the world working for various cheese and dairy companies in the U.K, New Zealand, and the USA. In 2011, Marc joined Emmi Roth USA’s team and now holds the position of Senior Director of Research & Development. Additionally, Marc serves as a board member at the American Cheese Society, and he is a Garde et Juré at La Guildes Internationale des Foragers.

Linda Duwve

Vice President of Marketing, Retail & Food Service Sales

Linda Duwve began her career in the retail arena holding positions in procurement and merchandising. She became involved in the specialty cheese industry in 2004. Linda has held various positions in the cheese industry, including marketing, supply chain and sales. In 2007 she took over as General Manager of the DCI Import Division in Carlstadt, New Jersey. She also is a Board Member of the International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association. Linda joined Emmi Roth in March, 2012 as the Vice President of Retail Sales and was promoted to her current role as Vice President of Marketing, Retail & Food Service Sales in July, 2013.

Jodie Wische

Vice President of Specialty Sales

Jodie Wische was raised in the cheese business. Her first job was as a cheesemonger at the Maplewood Cheese Shop at the age of 14, and her vocation continued after college when she was hired at a new start-up — Coach Farm — as a cheesemaker in 1985. During her tenure at Coach Farm Jodie held several different positions and concluded her time there as Director of Sales. She was recruited by another artisan newcomer — Old Chatham Sheepherding Company — in 1995, where she held the job of Director of Sales and Marketing until 2002. Jodie joined Roth Käse in 2002 to launch their specialty cheese division. In 2008 Jodie became Vice President of Specialty Sales. Emmi acquired Roth Käse in 2009 and Jodie became part of the Executive Leadership Team of Emmi Roth USA in 2011.