Mark Rhyan

To the Editor:

It is with the greatest sorrow that we acknowledge that Mark Rhyan, EVP & Chief Operations Officer, passed away on Wednesday, December 25 after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. Mark is survived by his wife and two children, who we hold close in our thoughts and prayers.

Mark joined Sargento in 1992, and made an indelible print on the culture and success of the company, and played an integral role in shaping our future. First hired as Director of Tax, he was promoted to EVP-Chief Financial Officer in 1997 and to his most recent role in 2000. Always willing to take on more responsibility, he guided the advances in manufacturing, engineering, procurement, quality systems, logistics and transportation that are helping us successfully meet the challenges of our growing company.

His greatest achievement, though, is how he has guided the development of his teams and Sargento as a whole. Mark was a champion of our corporate culture, and was passionate about “doing it right the first time.” He served as a mentor to many, and his actions and attitude motivated those around him to excel. His work and inspiration shaped a generation of men and women to be leaders at Sargento and in our community.

Mark also made many contributions to our local community as President of the Plymouth Board of Education, and served on the Boards of Directors for the Sheboygan County Economic Development Corporation, US Bank in Sheboygan, and the First Congregational UCC Church Council. In 1994 and 1995, Mark also served as the leader of our family’s development of The Osthoff hotel in Elkhart Lake. Additionally, he has taught Junior Achievement classes and coached youth athletics. In 2011, Mark received an Educational Leadership Award recognizing his instrumental role in the development of the LTC/ Plymouth High School Science and Technology Center.

Mark, a Founder’s Ring recipient in 2012, will be greatly missed by the Sargento family. He served not only as an inspirational leader, but also a mentor, contributor, volunteer, at times a stand-up comedian, but most important, a dependable and loving husband, father and friend. We were privileged to have Mark a part of our family.

Lou & Louie Gentine


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