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Leadership

William A. (Chip) Mann II
President / Co-Owner

Chip is a third generation pretzel bender - and second generation with Pretzels, Inc. He is the youngest of four children and the only son of Bill and Betty Mann, who co-founded Pretzels, Inc.

Chip joined the company after graduating in 1987 from Western Michigan University, which he attended on a golf scholarship. He majored in Business Administration and joined the company after a brief stint in the golf management business.

Chip's primary function at Pretzels, Inc. has been focused on sales development and customer relations. He continues to call on key accounts and is instrumental in product development. Chip is deeply involved in the Snack Food Association, sitting on many management workshop committees. He is also a member of the SFA Excom Committee and Board of Directors and will soon become SFA Chairman (a position held in 1993 by his father).

Chip and his wife, Kim, are the parents of three children who keep them busy with band, swimming, baseball, basketball, cheerleading, golf and family trips.

Steve Huggins
Partner

Steve Huggins has been with Pretzels, Inc. for 24 years. He is currently CEO. Steve has served on the board for most of his tenure.

He has served in many capacities throughout the company's history, including Production Supervisor, Purchasing and Production Control Manager, Vice President of Purchasing, Vice President and CEO.

Steve also served as a Chairman for the Snack Food Association Pretzel Committee and as Area Committee Chairman for Ducks Unlimited. He has been on the Hope Missionary Church board and was selected to judge the 2011 Fort Wayne Innovation Awards. He now serves on boards for Forgotten Children Worldwide Ministries and Wells County Revitalization and is a member of Vistage, The World's Leading CEO Organization.

Steve earned his BS in Management from Indiana University's Kelly Business School and graduated from the Business Leadership School associated with Strategic Christian Services in Santa Rosa, CA.

Scott Green
Vice President Sales and Marketing

Raised in a family rooted in the food and grocery industries since 1917, Scott Green's place in the food business seemed inevitable.

After graduating from Ball State University in marketing and economics, Scott began his food career with Beatrice/ Hunt Wesson. Then he transitioned from retail to marketing and product development for the food service distribution industry.

Later he would find himself in the food manufacturing world developing products for both retail and foodservice. Scott founded Direct Source Brands, a marketing and importing company catering to the food service industry. The company is still active today and managed by family members.

He began his career at Pretzels in 2010 as the Director of Sales and Marketing. "Working at Pretzels is a good fit for me. The company's culture and wholesome business approach is very refreshing and fosters long lasting customer relationships," said Scott.

Darrick Hoopingarner 
Chief Operating Officer

Darrick attended Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN where he attained his Bachelor's degree in Management. After graduation, he went to work for NVR, Inc. in Cincinnati, OH. Following his tenure there, he moved to Marion, IN with Sonoco Products Company. While working in Marion, Darrick began working diligently on his graduate studies at Indiana Wesleyan University. In 2010, Darrick graduated with his Masters of Business Administration.

Darrick began his food career in 2009, when he came to Pretzels, Inc. in Bluffton, IN. During his time there, he served in various roles in Operations and Finance. With a strong Operations background and educational background in Finance, Darrick was named COO in July, 2014.

Darrick is married with two young daughters and resides in Bluffton, IN. When he is not busy at work, he enjoys sports, family, and friends. Darrick also currently serves as an Officer in the reserve component of the United States Air Force with 14 years of dedicated service.