A Team of Committed Leaders
The combination of leadership from our brands and enterprise functional groups comes together to form the BLU Team, Burris Logistics United. Together, the BLU Team works to drive business strategy and support our Team Members who run the day-to-day operations. With a sharp lens focused on culture, the BLU Team works to define a clear path for our business with shared Purpose and Values.
Our Board of Directors
Burris Logistics takes pride in being a family-owned, family-run business. To help us ensure the highest possible value to our clients, we have assembled a board of directors to provide balanced, objective, professional advice.
These directors represent the highest level of achievement in their respective fields and are amply qualified to guide Burris Logistics in both strategic and day-to-day planning.
Jeffrey M. Swain, Chairman
Jeffrey Swain, the CEO and Chairman of Natural Foods Holdings, was born and raised in Western Pennsylvania. Jeffrey graduated from Penn State in 1974 and received his MBA from California State University in 1977.
He began his career in the finance area with Borg Warner Corporation. Jeffrey’s experience in meat protein began at Foster Farms, Inc., on the West Coast in 1980. He has held executive positions at Con Agra and Townsends Inc. From 2000 to 2006, Jeffrey served as CEO of BC Natural, a holding company that included Petaluma Poultry, Coleman Natural Meats, Han’s Sausage as well as five other companies in the natural products arena.
Since September 2006, Jeffrey has partnered with Hilco Private Equity to create Natural Foods Holdings with the goal of building a financially sustainable fresh meat and processed meat products business. This platform emphasizes and promotes five brand tenets: the traditional family farmer, sustainable farming techniques, unparalleled animal welfare, complete livestock traceability, and “never/ever” use of antibiotics, added hormones or animal byproducts. Natural Foods Holdings comprises three companies: Niman Ranch, Sioux Preme Packing, and Prairie Grove Farms.
Jeffrey also serves on the board of directors of Sioux Preme Packing LLC, Palisades Partners and Odessa Chicken (Ukraine), and has testified before the U.S. Senate regarding livestock agriculture.Read More
Zach Buckner, Director
Zach Buckner and one of his companies, Relay Foods, have been featured in national publications including The Wall Street Journal and Fortune magazine, “as a leader in the legendarily alluring and notoriously difficult online grocery space.”
His areas of expertise and interest include freight, operations research, machine learning, text analytics, simulation, optimization, and computer architecture. As a board member, Buckner will share his expertise in information technology, e-commerce, and strategy to build on Burris’ good health and help to extend our longevity well past the century mark.Read More
Allison Burris Castellanos, Director
Allison Burris Castellanos replaced her father, Howard Burris on Board. This appointment is significant as it represents the final transition of fourth-generation Burris family members overseeing the business to the fifth generation.
Castellanos, an educator and longtime advocate for the Hispanic community, will join the three sitting Burris family members on the board, Brad Hoopman, Scott Burris, and Donnan R. “Donnie” Burris, our chief executive officer since 2010.
For 17 years, Castellanos has taught English as a Second Language at Delaware Technical Community College. She serves on the Board of Trustees of the University of Delaware, and for many years has held leadership positions on the boards of La Esperanza Community Center, La Red Health Center and El Centro Cultural.Read More
Brad Hoopman, Director
Brad Hoopman is an equity research analyst for Glenmede Investment Management LP, an affiliate of The Glenmede Trust Company, focusing on the energy and technology sectors.
Prior to joining GTC in 2003, he was a senior analyst and portfolio manager at Gardner Lewis Asset Management. And before that, he was with PNC Bank in a variety of positions, including managing the technology sector of the BlackRock Small Cap Growth Equity Fund.Read More
Cathy Pulos, Director
Cathy Pulos brings her financial acumen and human resources management experience to the Burris board table from Wawa, Inc., where she serves as vice president and chief people officer for the privately held company that operates more than 750 convenience store/gas stations along the Eastern Seaboard.
At Wawa, Pulos has developed “an HR center of excellence,” making the workplace better for its employees. At Wawa she has been saluted for advances in the design and delivery of workforce services, including everything from recruiting and hiring to compensation, benefits administration, and risk management and quality assurance.Read More
Scott Burris, Director
Scott Burris is a senior director at Capital One in Wilmington, heading up human resources for Capital One Investing and leading all aspects of talent and culture strategy for the subsidiary.
Outside of the workplace, Scott Burris serves on the board of directors of Kind to Kids, a nonprofit organization focusing on serving at-risk children and children in foster care.Read More
Eleuthere I. du Pont, Director
A DuPont director since 2006, Mr. du Pont is president, Longwood Foundation. He formerly served as senior vice president, operations and chief financial officer of drugstore.com, a leading online provider of health, beauty, vision and pharmacy products, and president and chief financial officer of Wawa, Inc., a chain of food markets in the mid-Atlantic region.
In April 2013, Mr. du Pont was elected to serve on the board of WSFS. Mr. du Pont serves on the Audit and Science & Technology committees for the Board.Read More
Scott Charlton, Director
Scott Charlton joins the Burris Logistics board with over 39 years of progressive experience serving the food industry. Most recently, as the Executive VP of Supply chain at Sysco, Scott oversaw all aspects of logistics operations from warehousing, inbound freight, and outbound deliveries (with the second largest privately-owned fleet in the US). This included all maintenance, capital projects, real estate, and portions of procurement.
Before Sysco, he was the Executive VP of Operations for C&S Wholesale Groceries. Scott was responsible for all aspects of the C&S Supply Chain to include the expansion and automation of ES3 (3rd party logistics), the largest automated manufacturing mixing center in North America. Scott worked on the design and startup of other proprietary warehouse automated solutions.
Scott started his logistics career with Publix Supermarkets, progressing to the oversight and expansion of manufacturing capability, procurement, and distribution in his role as the SVP of Manufacturing and Distribution.
Scott’s board experience includes the election to serve on the board of Pacific Star Food Service in Mexico in 2018.Read More