Quality Dairy has long been known for its locally made products, from fresh-baked donuts to delicious ice cream. Today, the iconic Lansing-based company announces its leadership team will also leverage local talent and experience to continue moving QD in a positive direction.
Ken Martin, who most recently served as Quality Dairy’s president, and Ray Tadgerson, who joined the Board of Directors in 2016, will lead the company as co-CEOs. The two men each have a long history of success in the Lansing business community and are committed to achieving QD’s growth goals. This includes a continued focus on innovative approaches that improve customer experience and convenience.
“I joined Quality Dairy’s board because I recognize how important this company is to the greater Lansing community,” says Tadgerson. “In my new role as co-CEO, I’m honored to take an even more active role in QD’s plans for growth and innovation, addressing everything from company structure to customer service.”
Tadgerson is the former president and CEO of the Lansing-based architecture and engineering firm C2AE. He was instrumental in the GM Grand River Assembly Plant and the Lansing/Delta Assembly Plant, and is co-author of Second Shift: The Inside Story of the Keep GM Movement, which details how he and other influential local leaders kept GM’s operations in Lansing.
“Ray has been spearheading projects that make Lansing a better place for 40 years,” says Martin. “He is the right man for the job. Together, we can build on Quality Dairy’s long history in Lansing and continue the QD tradition for generations to come.”
Martin, son of Quality Dairy co-founder Gregory Martin, started working for Quality Dairy in 1968. He has served as a Board member in addition to roles in the dairy, bakery, maintenance and sales departments.
Gregory Martin and his business partner founded Quality Dairy in 1936. What began as an innovative alternative to milk delivery eventually grew to serve as Greater Lansing’s neighborhood food store. For more than 80 years, the Martin family – including Gregory, his wife Pauline and their four sons – has carried on QD’s legacy, providing Lansing with their favorite donuts, milk, ice cream, chip dip and more.
Source: Press Release