Chief Executive Officer
Throughout his 30-plus year career in the food industry, Dave Wiggins has provided leadership to multiple teams, enabling them to overcome business challenges and make informed decisions during arduous and changing times. His leadership style is rooted in his strong work ethic, experience-backed judgement, and unquestioned integrity.
Dave models, and is a strong proponent of, empowerment and accountability. At EDDY and Carolina Pride, he and his team are focused on motivating, mentoring and leading talented professionals. He values leading by example and creating a culture where people are appreciated and performance rewarded.
Dave and the team he is building have a consistent record of delivering results in growth, revenue, operational excellence, customer service and profitability through strategies, vision, goal setting and execution.
When not at work as EDDY Foods’ CEO, Dave enjoys spending time with his wife Michelle and son Wyatt. He and his family enjoy fishing, hunting and all things outdoors, especially the beach. His favorite EDDY Foods/Carolina Pride food items are our Thick Cut Bacon and Beef Fajitas.
Vice President of Human Resources
Carlos joined the EDDY Foods team on May 20, 2019—bringing with him 23 years of experience in the food industry. He has worked with a number of major companies and has worked with facilities producing multiple proteins such as chicken, turkey, beef, and pork. Carlos retired from the United States Marine Corps and is a graduate of Northwood University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Associates Degree in Business Management. He is also an SHRM Certified Professional. Residents of Katy, TX, Carlos and his wife, Jinok have two daughters, Isabel and Lizzy. Carlos and Jin love spending time outdoors—especially when participating in some of their favorite activities, which include fishing, hunting, hiking and playing golf. Carlos is a self-proclaimed backyard BBQ master and loves EDDY Foods’ smoked burnt ends brisket.
Vice President of Retail Sales
Kieley Stibich strives to serve the EDDY retail team by engaging each of their talents to improve the team as a whole—and provide clarity to the EDDY vision to help provide the tools to take action and sell more delicious food! In her role as Vice President of Retail Sales, she has spent most of her 20-year tenure in the meat business at EDDY, working her way up from a sales manager to her current executive position. Kieley’s favorite EDDY Foods product is the Cilantro Lime Chicken Breast, which can almost always be found ready-to-eat in her home refrigerator. In her free time, Kieley can be found on the golf course, on the open water, or chasing her three-year-old twin boys, usually in opposite directions.
Vice President of Foodservice Sales
John Staples is all about the four Fs: Faith, Family, Friends, and Food! His career journey spans more than 35 years of marketing management roles with leading food companies including Tyson, Smithfield, Mrs. Smith's Bakeries, and joining the Eddy team in 2020. John is a die-hard Crimson Tide fan thanks to earning both a bachelor's and master's degree from the University of Alabama. John believes in the “Total Team Approach” to accomplish all strategic objectives, and he is eager to work with each Eddy Foods Team Member to build a Protein Powerhouse! John and his wife, Kym, have three children and four grandchildren and enjoy the empty nester life in Northport, Alabama.
Vice President of Marketing and Business Development
Steve Dragoo’s primary focus is on building a stronger company—both people and brands. This often includes mentoring young businesspeople, working alongside committed professionals to glean new perspectives, and striving to implement fresh ideas with EDDY’s great customers and business partners. Steve serves as the Director of Marketing and Business Development at EDDY Foods, following over 40 years of food and meat industry experience—including 15 years as the owner of a food-centric training, consulting, and experience design business. Steve was educated at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Georgia State University and holds designations as a Certified Master Trainer and Certified Experience Expert. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Nancy, and they have three grown children and five grandchildren. His go-to EDDY Foods item is the flavorful Jalapeño Cheddar Sausage. In his leisure time, Steve enjoys working out, reading, performing karaoke, traveling, and cheering for his favorite college basketball and NFL teams.
Vice President of Sales, Carolina Pride
John joined the Carolina Pride Team in September of 2022. John brings a wealth of knowledge and experience through his 30 years of building and leading dynamic sales teams. John’s various Vice President roles have given him valuable experience with every grocery customer across America.
Teamwork is #1 to John and his “roadmap” for success starts and ends by treating every employee as an equal and valuable member of the team. His deep understanding of how a team best works comes from his experience of playing sports in high school and college. “My approach is to coach, and not simply manage.” “I lead by example and while achieving sales goals is our focus, I want to make sure we have a little fun along the way!”
John has been married for 29 years to his wife Tina and they have 2 wonderful kids (Hannah Kate and JD). John is active in his community and the best place to find him is at a ballpark either watching his son play baseball or volunteering his time to coach and mentor youth. John is a huge sports fan and as a proud alumnus of the University of Alabama, he is always good for a loud – ROLL TIDE!
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