Henry B. Sethness, our Chairman, passes away at the age of 61.
It is with profound sadness that we inform you of the passing of Henry B. Sethness, our Chairman, on February 28, 2018 at the too young age of 61. Henry had recently retired after 39 years of working with and leading his colleagues at Sethness Products Company.
Henry was great company. He charmed us all with his quick wit, his easy laugh and his love of a spirited conversation. His humility was truly genuine as was his desire to treat everyone he met with respect and dignity. He was a highly respected business leader. His ethics were unimpeachable. There was never a more honest man. He provided leadership to both his company and the Caramel Color industry with grace and purpose and enriched the lives of all he met.
Henry was an insightful strategic planner who skillfully guided Sethness Products to years of sustained growth and success. He and the Sethness family made important decisions and commitments to create opportunities that would benefit Sethness Products’ customers and the Caramel Color industry for years to come. Henry had thoroughly planned for his transition to retirement with a seamless management succession plan. Tom Schufreider joined the company in 2013 as C.O.O. In January 2017, Tom was named President and Brian Sethness, a fifth generation family member, was promoted to Senior V.P. Sales and Marketing. Henry has assembled a remarkable team of employees who will continue to achieve the high standards of excellence, in all areas of the business, Henry set for himself.
Please keep the Sethness family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.