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Former Sysco exec named CEO of Brighter Bites

Brighter Bites, a nonprofit organization that is changing behavior among children and their families to prevent obesity and achieve long-term health, announced that Rich Dachman is the Houston, TX-based nonprofit’s new chief executive officer.  Rich-Dachman CEO-Brighter-Bites July-2019 Medium

Dachman comes to Brighter Bites with more than 40 years of experience in the produce industry, 28 of them at Sysco, one of the world’s largest broadline food distributors. Dachman retired from Sysco last month as vice president of produce for the global company. He had been a member of the Brighter Bites board of directors for more than three years.

“I have loved being a Brighter Bites board member, where I had the chance to work closely with the organization during a crucial phase of its growth. When Brighter Bites came to me with the idea of taking a leadership position, I thought it was a great opportunity to begin the next chapter of my career,” Dachman said. “I look forward to assisting Brighter Bites expand the impact of a program that is increasing produce consumption by teaching families how to change their eating habits for improved health. In my new role, I will be able to continue working with my colleagues in the produce industry, but in a way that enriches underserved communities around the country. Who could ask for a better job?”

“Rich has been an integral part of our organization for so long, and we could not be more pleased to have someone with his passion leading the way," said Brighter Bites Founder and Board Chair Lisa Helfman. “Rich’s guidance will take Brighter Bites to a new level of impact. The Brighter Bites staff will benefit from Rich's authentic leadership style and mentorship, and the communities they serve will benefit from Rich’s relationships in the produce industry.”

A Denver native, Dachman began his produce career there with his family-owned business. Following the sale of the family business, he and his father opened a new foodservice operation in Denver for Kraft Foods Inc. before Dachman joined Kraft’s corporate office in Chicago as national director of produce in 1987.

In 1992, he joined FreshPoint Inc. and was president of FreshPoint Operating Cos. in Houston, Denver, Atlanta and the company’s central procurement office in Salinas, CA. When Sysco acquired FreshPoint in 2000, Dachman was appointed to the position of senior vice president, Western region, and in 2007 was promoted to vice president of produce for Sysco Corp.

Dachman has received multiple awards, including the Center for Growing Talent’s Jay Pack Cultivating Our Future Award and Produce for Better Health’s Excellence Award. He was chairman of the Produce Marketing Association in 2012, capping more than 10 years of leadership service for PMA.