Mark Boyer, president of Kansas, Kan.-based Tippin’s Gourmet Pies, is stepping down from the company.

April 15 will be Boyer’s eight-year anniversary at Tippin's, whose pies are sold in grocery instore bakeries. Boyer said he had originally committed to David Ball, the CEO of Ball’s Food Stores, Tippin’s parent company, that he would be with Tippin's for seven years. But with the delayed opening of the company’s new facility, the timing to step away last year wasn’t right.

“I’m happy to say that the Tippin's team has made a lot of progress with the new facility, and while there is no perfect time, I have made the decision to step away later this month and start focusing on the next chapter of my life.”

Ball will assume an interim leadership role with Tippin’s.

“I will be working with David to help ensure a smooth transition,” Boyer said. “We have lots going on, and Tippin's has a very bright future that I will enjoy watching and cheering their continued success.”

Working for Tippin's, Boyer said, has been “a wonderful opportunity both personally and professionally.”

“Being associated with Tippin's is one of the best calling cards for which a person could hope. I will forever cherish the many friendships and relationships that have developed.”