We are both delighted and saddened as we extend our warmest wishes to Karen DeWitt, Regional Sales Manager. Karen is retiring on April 1, after 34 dedicated years with our organization. She has been an outstanding employee, mentor, and friend to our employees, customers, and countless individuals within our industry.
Attempting to sum up her contributions and achievements over the years is an exhausting effort. As the 19th employee hired at Skidmore sales, she has been instrumental in our growth over the years. Karen has nurtured relationships that have become some of our top customers. She is known for her immense technical expertise, hawk-like attention to detail, and unwavering concern for her customers. But her influence doesn’t stop at our threshold. Food science is her passion. Karen was an Adjunct Professor at the University of Cincinnati for several years. She taught senior-level formulating foods classes and shared her experience and knowledge with budding food scientists.
Her commitment to developing the next generation of professionals in the food industry marches on. Karen served on the Curriculum Advisory Board that pioneered the Culinary and Food Science degree program at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College. She now teaches a product and ingredient functionality class as part of the program. This program was the first bachelor-level program to be offered at the school. She has been active in many professional organizations and has been an outspoken champion for women in our industry.
Karen’s retirement is our loss but a well-deserved opportunity to enjoy her many other passions, including cheering-on her beloved Ohio State Buckeyes! We wish her all the best!