John T. Stout, Jr., Chief Executive Officer, has over 35 years of food manufacturing experience. Prior to forming Plaza Belmont in 1998, Mr. Stout was President of Manildra Milling Corporation (Shawnee Mission, Kansas), an internationally owned food ingredient manufacturing company. In 1990, he helped form a group of investors who purchased Diana Fruit Company (Santa Clara, California) from Tyson Foods. Prior to that Mr. Stout was Executive Vice President of Dixie Portland Flour Mills (Memphis, Tennessee), a subsidiary of Holly Farms. Mr. Stout is active within the food industry having served as Chairman of the International Wheat Gluten Association, the Wheat Quality Council, the Allied Trades of the Baking Industry, and the Young Baking Executives of the American Bakers Association. He has served on the Board of Directors of the American Bakers Association, The American Institute of Baking, Dixie Portland Flour Mills, Manildra Energy, Manildra Milling, Agricor, SPI Foods, Bryce Corporation, Premier Blending, Hilton House Foods, National Harvest, Casa de Oro Foods, MaMa Rosa’s, The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Diana Fruit Company, Packaging Products and Labriola Baking Company. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of The Mennel Milling Company, The Andersons, and Renwood Mills. John has been active in the YPO, and has served as Moderator of the Alpha Forum in the Kansas City chapter of YPO. Mr. Stout has a BBA from Emory University.

 

Robert J. Parnow, President and Chief Operating Officer, has over 35 years of food manufacturing experience. Prior to forming Plaza Belmont, Mr. Parnow was Vice President of Manildra Milling Corporation. Mr. Parnow previously held management, production and technical positions with Holly Farms, ConAgra, Archer Daniels Midland, Pillsbury and Peavey Company. He is active in the food industry with memberships in Allied Trades of the Baking Industry, the Young Baking Executives of the ABA, the Institute of Food Technologists, and the American Association of Cereal Chemists. He has served as President and on the Board of Directors of SPI Foods, Premier Blending, and Labriola Baking Company and as a board member of Hilton House Foods, Casa de Oro Foods and MaMa Rosa’s. He is currently on the Board of Directors of Renwood Mills. Mr. Parnow has a B.S. degree in Food Science from the University of Minnesota and a MBA from the College of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.

 

John S. Dalton, Executive Vice President, has over 35 years of investment banking and private equity experience. Prior to joining Plaza Belmont, Mr. Dalton was President of Kansas Venture Capital, Inc., a $40 million venture capital company providing equity and mezzanine capital to later-stage Midwestern-based companies. Mr. Dalton previously held corporate finance and investment banking positions with the MidAmerican/Mercantile banking group and Stern Brothers & Co. in Kansas City. Mr. Dalton has extensive mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and capital markets experience. He has served on the Board of Directors of Casa de Oro Foods, MaMa Rosa’s and Labriola Baking Company. He received the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 1978 and has a BS in Business Administration and a MBA from the University of Kansas.

 

Jack Stout, Vice President, is the key point of contact for all inquiries regarding new acquisitions for Plaza Belmont. Prior to joining Plaza Belmont Management Group, Jack worked at Palmer Square Capital Management, a $4bn credit-focused hedge fund based in Kansas City. While at Palmer Square, Jack oversaw all due diligence and investments of the Firm’s multi-strategy platform. Jack worked directly alongside the Chief Investment Officer and portfolio managers on risk management and fund analysis of the firm’s structured credit, and long/short credit platforms. Prior to Palmer Square Capital, Jack worked at Bank of Prairie Village, a community bank in Kansas City as a credit analyst. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Renwood Mills. Jack has a BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from the University of Kansas. While at the University of Kansas, Jack also studied at “CIMBA”, the Consortium Institute of Management and Business Administration in Paderno del Grappa, Italy. Jack has held internships at Lockton Companies, Boston Financial and the Kansas City Board of Trade.