Greenwood Village, CO and Albuquerque, New Mexico—March 24, 2020 – 505 Southwestern® announced today that Tony Simmons, former CEO of McIlhenny Company, has joined its board of directors effective immediately. Simmons served as CEO of the maker of the TABASCO brand of pepper sauces from 2013 to 2019 and has served on its board since 1997.
“I have gotten to know Tony over the past couple of years and couldn’t be more thrilled to have an executive with his experience and passion for great food products join our board,” said Rob Holland, Executive Chairman of 505SW. “We’re honored to have him be part of our broader team.”
TABASCO and 505 Southwestern have collaborated on certain marketing initiatives in the past, including co-producing a series of recipe videos with celebrity TV personality Chef Eric Greenspan.
“I’ve watched 505 Southwestern grow and have seen huge potential for this brand and its green chile-inspired salsa and sauce product line,” said Simmons. “505 shares many of the values and approach to business and marketing that I have seen work in the past, and I’m excited about being a part of their journey.”
Simmons joins Bobby Horowitz, former CEO of Lamb Weston, and Robin Brooks, former CEO of Brooks Food Group, as independent board members of 505 Southwestern®.
Crafted in New Mexico, 505 Southwestern® sauces and salsas are all made with its famous flame-roasted green chile. The brand is one the fastest growing in its categories and is sold in all 50 U.S. States. The brand has partnered with the Denver Broncos, the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Colorado Rockies, and Alterra Mountain Resorts to provide its unique green chile products to stadiums and venues across the country.