By Susan Hartley
February 4, 2014
PIQUA — French Oil Mill Machinery Company, a manufacturer of hydraulic presses, oilseed and polymer equipment, has announced multiple executive changes.
Dennis D. Bratton, vice president of finance and treasurer, retired from the company after almost 27 years of service.
“Denny performed his duties with our company with great integrity and dedication,” said Daniel P. French, chairman of the board. “We have a deep appreciation for his long and faithful service rendered to our employees and our customers. We extend the most sincere wishes that the years to come may bring Denny a full measure of health, happiness and enjoyment. He certainly deserves it.”
French announced the appointment of Tanya D. Shell as the new vice president of finance. Bratton recruited Shell in November 2012 as assistant vice president. Shell previously worked as a controller for Endolite in Miamisburg, managing their entire accounting functions. Prior to that, she held various financial positions at A.O. Smith Electrical Products Company and Beta LaserMike Inc. Shell earned a MBA from the University of Dayton and a bachelor of science in business administration from Miami University. She is registered as a Certified Public Accountant and a Notary Public in the state of Ohio. In addition, she is currently pursuing the Certified Management Accountant accreditation.
Tayte French Lutz has been appointed as director of marketing, treasurer and assistant secretary and will join the company’s management team. Lutz, the fourth generation of the French family to be employed with the company, joined the company in 2010 as marketing coordinator. In 2013, Lutz was elected to the company’s board of directors. Prior to joining French, Lutz held various marketing and business analysis roles at Donna Karan International and Bloomingdale’s in New York. She has a BSM in business marketing from the A. B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University in New Orleans, La.
Shell and Lutz join the incumbent president and COO Jason P. McDaniel, secretary Irvin G. Bieser Jr., as well as chairman French, as the managing officers of the company, which is about to begin its 114th year serving customers in more than 80 countries.