For Immediate Release
Media & Communications Manager
Kannapolis, NC, May 4, 2015– David H. Murdock, chairman and chief executive officer of Castle & Cooke, Incorporated and the visionary founder of the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC), announces the promotion of Lauren Kimes and Alan Cress.
Kimes, who started with Castle & Cooke in 2007, is now the assistant director of operations for Atlantic American Properties (AAP) and Castle & Cooke. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing Forty Six, David Murdock’s restaurant adjacent to the NCRC that offers healthful options, and The Club at Irish Creek. She is also assisting Clyde Higgs, executive vice president of operations and business development, with managing day-to-day operations at AAP, Castle & Cooke and the NCRC. She was previously director of food and beverage for Forty Six and the NCRC.
“I am looking forward to working with Clyde Higgs and the excellent talent already in place at Atlantic American Properties and Castle & Cooke, as well as Alan Cress and the dedicated staff of The Club at Irish Creek and Forty Six,” Kimes said. “I feel very fortunate that Mr. Murdock has entrusted me with a significant role in the future growth of our company.”
Alan Cress is currently the general manager of The Club at Irish Creek in charge of the day-to-day golf operations, golf course maintenance, food and beverage operations and membership. With Castle & Cooke since 1992, Cress was formerly the head golf professional.
“I am excited about the opportunity given to me by Mr. Murdock,” Cress commented. “The Irish Creek team is ready to carry out his vision.”
About Castle & Cooke, Inc.
Castle & Cooke, Inc. and its affiliated companies are owned by David H. Murdock. The company’s diversified businesses have operations in over 24 states that include the development and ownership of real estate such as master planned communities and, in Kannapolis, the North Carolina Research Campus, a public-private partnership with the state of North Carolina, major universities and food, technology and healthcare organizations that are all focused on research and development in human health, nutrition and agriculture.