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Port City Java Appointments
Port City Java has made two additions to its executive staff. James Deering has joined the company as director of franchise development. Deering is the former president of Texas-based Wing Stop. He led the company through high growth and eventually a successful acquisition. He has also held the position of vice president of franchise development with Chester’s International.

Michael Foster has also joined the firm as director of training and support. Foster resigned his position of vice president of training with Wing Stop to accept the position.

Don Reynolds, Port City Java c.o.o. states: “given the company’s growth over the year, the company experienced 489% growth in 2004; we are planning for the support of the units coming on line.” By planning early for support needs, the company can stay ahead of the growth curve and help ensure positive execution of the concept in the franchise system.

Port City Java is located in Wilmington, North Carolina. The company, which roasts its own coffee, opened its first cafe in 1995.

First Colony Appointments
Julie H. Anderson joins the First Colony Coffee & Tea Company as the marketing specialist. Anderson will be responsible for all aspects of marketing and ongoing branding efforts the company. Prior to working for First Colony Coffee & Tea Co., Anderson worked in account management for Bernstein-Rein advertising, a Mid-West advertising agency.

Christine Capps joins as the new sales coordinator. Capps is responsible for managing wholesale accounts, supporting the regional sales representatives and working with First Colony’s Broker Network.

Charles Williamson,
April 18, 2005. Age 69

Charles Williamson was formerly the head of Matthew Algie Ltd., the Glasgow, Scotland-based coffee roasters.

David Williamson, the current managing director, has told Boughton’s Coffee House, a U.K. retail-newsletter, this of his father (which we reprint):

“During his time running Matthew Algie he took it from a small tea and coffee company on the brink of bankruptcy in 1956 and built it into one of the leading companies in the business. He pioneered the free on loan approach to filter equipment (1974), created grinders (1987), introduced the first bean to cup machines into the market (1988) and generally took on the big players with traditional values of exceptional customer service and great quality.

“Such was his success that all the big multinationals tried to buy him out in the late 80’s early 90’s. He refused to break the family

tradition (he was 5th generation) or to turn his back on his staff. He handed me a rock solid profitable business in 1995 along with some sound advice - ‘Don’t screw it up!’”

Carl Ostrand,
May 13, 2005. Age 69.

Carl Ostrand began his long and illustrious career at the Folger Coffee Company after completing his military service. After leaving Folgers, he became a buyer for Martinson’s Coffee and then worked at green coffee importing firms, Farr Man Coffee Inc, and Incotrade in New York. He later moved to New Orleans and worked at Westfeldt Brothers, Inc. for many years. Most recently, he was working as an independent in the coffee industry. Ostrand was a past president of the Southern Coffee Association.

He leaves his wife. Carolyn Pigrenet Ostrand, children, John and Bill Ostrand, Jason, Melissa and Bill Verret and grandchildren.

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