James Happ

James began his career with New Horizons Baking Company in 2005, as a pull away in the muffin department, and learning numerous other positions in the bakery. In 2006, he was promoted to Bun Production Supervisor.  After learning the bun line, he then returned to the muffin line as a Muffin Production Supervisor.  In 2010, James left to expand his knowledge in the baking industry working for Aunt Millie’s Bakery, as a Bread Production Supervisor.  After working there for a short period of time, James made his return to New Horizons.  In 2011, James was promoted to Bun Assistant Superintendent and then a few years later was promoted to Bun Superintendent.  As Bun Superintendent James has worked closely to develop and launch many new products with his production team and sales team. In 2018, James was promoted to Production Manager to oversee both bun and muffin lines.  James has been a big part to our company’s success of lowering waste and improving efficiencies.  He has worked closely with the production teams to find new ideas to improve each day. In 2022, James was Promoted to Plant Manager to oversee the plant operations with his leadership and baking skills.  At New Horizons, James has received the Presidential Service Award and the Consistency award.  James has been a member of ASB for the past few years, where he enjoys catching up with his supplier friends and supporting the baking industry.

James began expanding and gaining his baking skills and knowledge early in his career taking AIB courses in Manhattan, KS.  Starting with the correspondence courses including the Effective Production Manager training.  James has found that the best training, has been working in the bakery with different ingredient suppliers and running test.  Building long lasting relationships with industry partners has led to great friendships and support.

When James is not in the bakery, he enjoys watching and coaching his kids in sports, camping, and enjoys working with his hands doing home and business renovations. With his latest renovation of a historic building in downtown Fremont, where he has fully supported his Wife Kyra, in launching a restaurant in their hometown, “What the Fork Local Eatery”.