2015 CASBA Officers

President: William H. Bennett (PlusPoint Group, LLC)

Executive Director: Craig S. Parrish, (CASBA, Inc)

Immediate Past President: Kevin Boyle (Schulze & Burch Biscuit Company)

Treasurer: Tom Lugar (Thomas L. Green, LLC)

Secretary: Mike Kriegermeier (American Engraving Corporation)

Kit Murphy Scholarship: Garry Buttermann III (TopHill Bakery, LLC)


Standing Committee Chairmen

Registration: Mary Southard (Schulze & Burch Biscuit Company)

Membership: William Stout (Packaging Products Corp.)

Golf: Mark Bartles (Mother Murphy’s) 


Past Presidents

2014     Kevin Boyle
2013     Crockett Cobble
2012     Crockett Cobble
2011     Al Cason Jr.
2010     Al Cason Jr.
2009     David Murphy
2008     David Murphy
2007     Rich Koulouris
2006     Rich Koulouris
2005     Bill Quigg
2004     Bill Quigg
2003     Stu Kriegermeier
2002     Stu Kriegermeier
2001     Dean Fields
2000     Mark Bartles
1999     Ray Murphy
1998     Bob Smith
1997     Stu VanderHeide
1996     Wayne Turnbull
1995     Joe Coning
1994     Don Dakin
1993     Garry Buttermann, III
1992     Bill Hickman
1991     James Whitney
1990     James Whitney
1989     R.H. Dufek
1988     R.H. Dufek
1987     Jack Elliot
1986     Bill Burkhardt
1985     David Stauffer
1984     Louie Parein
1983     Jack Fox / Louie Parein
1982     Larry Shores
1981     Charles Holland
1980     Charles Holland
1979     Albert L. Cason
1978     Albert L. Cason
1977     Ellsworth McKee
1976     B.T. “Cookie” Byrd
1975     Andy Stewart
1974     Vernon Bookhout
1973     Maurice Keathley
1972     Andy Stewart
1971     A.E. “Gene” Veazey
1970     Albert L. Cason


History and Background

In the summer of 1970, several Baker & Allied friends gathered in the Heart of Atlanta hotel to discuss re-forming the old “Southern Bakers’ Association”, which was, at that time, defunct.Those present were Johnny Murray, Murray Biscuit Company, Augusta; Bud Cason, owner of Greg’s Cookie Company in Birmingham; Gene Veazey, CEO of Bishop Baking Company in Cleveland, Tn; and Craig Parrish, Finance VP at Bishop.It was decided to re-name the organization The Cookie & Snack Bakers’ Association or CASBA for short.Bud Cason was the Founding President and CASBA met in Atlanta in the fall of 1970. Gene Veazey followed Bud Cason as President in 1971. Craig Parrish was elected Secretary-Treasurer of the Bakers and Tom Lugar Treasurer of the Allied. Since Incorporation, Craig was named Executive Director for CASBA, Inc. and Tom was named Treasurer. They have remained in those positions ever since.Murray Biscuit was sold several times and is now owned by Kellogg. Johnny Murray retired. Bud Cason sold his business (including Bishop) to a Taiwanese firm, President Enterprises and remained out of the industry for five years, before forming Bud’s Best Cookies in Birmingham. Gene and Craig were old-time school buddies, then served in the Army before linking up at Bishop and Dortch Baking Companies. Gene and Craig are retired but remain active in CASBA.One special note of interest is that Bud Cason’s son, Al, Jr. was CASBA’s 40th President and is now President and Chief Operating Officer at Bud’s Best Cookies, Inc.

Another member of note is Mr. Ed Weidenmiller, who sponsored the Weidenmiller Tennis Trophy as well as serving as Secretary to the association. The Weidenmiller company of Itasca, Illinois is well over 100 years in business. Another century old business, The Thomas L. Green Manufacturing Company, headed by Thomas R. Lugar, who still serves the association as Treasurer helped to re-form CASBA out of the defunct Southern Bakery Association.

CASBA membership is open to any Baker in the South, Midwest or Northeast. Many of our members are also members of The B&CMA, which is international in scope.