Release Date: March 28, 2011
Tilmon "Tim" Brown has been partner, president, and chief executive officer of New Horizons Baking Company since 1995. Prior to that he was the corporate vice president and director of sales for Continental Baking Company, where he worked for almost 30 years.
A major supplier of restaurant baked goods, New Horizons Baking Company was founded as West Baking Company in 1967, and was renamed New Horizons Baking Company in 1986. This privately owned firm produces more than 2 million buns, English muffins and other baked goods daily for McDonald's restaurants throughout Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. New Horizons employs 260 people at its plants in Norwalk, Ohio, and Fremont, Ind., and ranked 72nd in Black Enterprise magazine's industrial and service category for 2008.
Brown began his employment at Continental Baking Company as a route salesman and steadily rose through the ranks, serving as supervisor, sales manager, general manager, regional sales manager, regional vice president, corporate vice president and director of sales.
The Buffalo native is a member of the McDonald's Bakery Council and McDonald's Supplier Advisory Council. He is a director on the board of the Fourth District Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, a member of the advisory board of the Ashland Theological Seminary and the leadership committee of the Taussig Cancer Institute of the Cleveland Clinic, and secretary of the Northeast Ohio Ronald McDonald House. In addition, he sits on the Norwalk Economic Development Council and was named the 2008 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year.
Brown and his wife, Jonni, who now reside in Avon Lake, Ohio, have three children and seven grandchildren. He loves to sing, play golf and tennis and fish for salmon in Alaska.