The Independent Bakers Association (IBA) reported the passing of longtime IBA vice chairman Mort Pechter. During his career in the baking industry, Pechter served as president of the Harrison Baking Co. in Harrison, N.J., then later as chairman of the Pechter Baking Group. He served as an IBA vice chairman and chairman of the National Affairs Committee for many years. Most recently, he served as chairman of the IBA’s Smith-Shaus-Smith Memorial Scholarship Fund. An informal memorial tribute to Pechter will be held during IBA’s Winter Membership Meeting at The Breakers, Palm Beach, Fla. The memorial will take place Sunday, Feb. 13, in the Flagler Board Room at 4:00 p.m.