MT. STERLING, Ill. - In recognition of their outstanding performance, leadership and career achievements, Dot Foods has promoted five employees to director-level positions within the company and filled an additional director position with an external applicant.

 - Debbie Bower has been promoted from ecommerce manager to director of ecommerce.

 - Suzanne Kassing has been promoted from training & development manager to director of training & development.

 - Frank Moore has been promoted from Illinois dry warehouse manager to director of Illinois dry warehouse.

 - Bill Mummey has been promoted from corporate facilities manager to director of corporate facilities.

 - Elly Passmore has been promoted from pricing manager to director of pricing.

 - Angie Wettstein has been named as director of credit.

"These individuals have all done an excellent job in their current roles," said Dot Foods President Joe Tracy. "All of the new directors have been performing at the director level for some time while providing great leadership in key positions within the company."

Below are Dot career biographies for the new directors:

Debbie Bower, Director of E-commerce

Bower started with Dot in May of 1994 as a programmer analyst.   Shortly after, she began to support Dot's electronic data interchange efforts (EDI) and was instrumental in developing Dot's ecommerce strategy and infrastructure. Bower and her team are responsible for EDI, data synchronization, data accuracy and various other technologies Dot utilizes for automation of business processes with suppliers, customers, brokers and buying groups. Dot Foods is one of the original founding members of the GS1 foodservice initiative, and Bower has served on numerous committees since the initiative began in 2009. She is a current member of the GS1 Foodservice User Group as well as the International Foodservice Distributors Association & International Foodservice Manufacturers Association Foodservice Data Accuracy Committee. Bower has a bachelor's degree in computer information systems from DeVry University (formerly Missouri Institute of Technology) in Kansas City, Mo.

Suzanne Kassing, Director of Training & Development

Kassing joined Dot in 1994 as its first graphic designer. In 1999, she was named manager of corporate communications before taking the role of manager of training & development in 2006. The training & development department facilitates Dot's classroom training, performance reviews, online learning, as well as office support services. Kassing has also actively participated on Dot's Charitable Committee, Women's Leadership Group, Diversity Leadership Group, Quality Steering, and today chairs Dot's Teaming with Local Charities organization. Kassing is board chair of Action Brown County and has a bachelor's degree in English from Olivet Nazarene College and a master's degree in English from Western Illinois University.

Frank Moore, Director of Illinois Dry Warehouse

Moore began his Dot career in 1985 as part of the warehouse team. Frank has been an integral part of Dot's warehouse team by leading several critical initiatives over time; including leadership in damage reduction; Dot's launch into protein; shift scheduling evolution; and warehouse transfer process improvements. He was appointed Illinois frozen warehouse manager in 2005 before recently (January 2013) being named Illinois dry warehouse manager. Moore is involved in warehouse management and process improvement initiatives across all of Dot's distribution centers, nationwide.

Bill Mummey, Director of Corporate Facilities

Mummey began his career at Dot in 1997 as Illinois building maintenance manager. He was named corporate facilities manager in 2005 as his responsibilities expanded. Mummey's responsibilities include Illinois building maintenance, in addition to being a corporate resource for the companywide building maintenance managers at Dot's other distribution center locations. Mummey also manages Dot's aviation department and ammonia compliance for the company. Mummey has a bachelor's degree in business from Truman State University and an MBA from Quincy University.

Elly Passmore, Director of Pricing

Passmore began her Dot career in 1992 as an operations clerk in frozen warehouse.  In 1999, she moved to pricing and held several different positions before becoming pricing team manager in 2007. She has served on Dot's Charitable Committee for 10 years and is president of Big Brothers Big Sisters of West Central Illinois Executive Board of Directors.  She has served on Dot's Women's Leadership Group for 3 years and will assume leadership of that committee in January 2014. Passmore has served as Dot's Ambassador to the Women's Foodservice Forum (WFF) for 3 years.

Angie Wettstein, Director of Credit

Wettstein comes to Dot after seven years at The Maschoffs in Carlyle, Ill., where she most recently acted as director of supply chain management & logistics; overseeing inventory management, customer fulfillment and transportation operations. At The Maschoffs, she previously worked as senior accountant and division controller and has over 13 years of accounting and finance experience. Wettstein has a bachelor's degree in accounting from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

About Dot Foods

Dot Foods and Dot Transportation continue to experience exceptional growth and are hiring in record numbers. Both companies are looking to fill several positions for full and part-time drivers and warehouse personnel in all eight locations. To learn more about careers at Dot Foods, visit www.dotfoods.com/careers and follow @DotFoodsCareers on Twitter.

Dot Foods Inc. carries 105,000 products from 650 food industry manufacturers and is the largest food redistributor in the United States. Dot Foods distributes foodservice, convenience, retail and vending food products to distributors in all 50 states. Dot Foods operates eight distribution centers in: Modesto, Calif.; Vidalia, Ga.; Burley, Idaho; Mt. Sterling, Ill.; Cambridge City, Ind.; Williamsport, Md.; Liverpool, N.Y.; and Ardmore, Okla. For information, visit www.dotfoods.com.