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Administration

Adine Stevens - is the Supermarket Sales Assistant.  She is responsible for supermarket promotions and new items in addition to the needs of the department.  Before joining Maximum Marketing, Adine worked for the tax department at Barclay's Bank, an international firm headquartered on Wall Street.  She has been with Maximum Marketing since 2001.

 

Nancy Leonard - is a Retail Support Sales Assistant.  She handles promotions of new items and existing retail products, as well as the execution of ad and demonstration programs.  Nancy came to our organization with more than 20 years experience in selling and management in the garment business.  She has been with Maximum Marketing since 1998.

 

Alison Steinberg - is the Executive Assistant to the Company President.  She holds a BA in Management from Hartwick College and has many years of experience in retail and wholesale account management, merchandising, and customer service.  Alison was Trade Show Coordinator and Office Manager for Maximum Marketing from 2003-2005.  She returned to the company in 2008. 

 

Stephanie Mincey - handles Distributor Promotions, Data Management, and the Company Web Site.  She holds a BM in Piano from Stetson University and has several years experience in corporate retail, accounting, and marketing.  Prior to joining Maximum Marketing she worked for Lakewood Juice Company.  She has been with Maximum Marketing since 2007.

 

Brandi Joyner - is Northeast Retail Support and Data Entry.  Prior to Maximum Marketing Brandi worked in the mortgage industry where she did loan processing and administrative duties.

 

Linda Greenia - is the Distributor Order Processor.  She brings to Maximum many years of experience in the banking industry as well as experience in customer service, office management, and administrative support.

 

Kelly Anderson - is Midwest retail Sales and Support.  Kelly has over 10 years of administrative, retail and sales support experience.  Her most recent position was with an orthopedic device company where she helped with tech support and advice to clients. 

 

Ester Vohs - is the Trade Show Coordinator.  Ester has extensive experience in customer service and administrative office functions.  She has enjoyed part time work as an Event specialist and is certified in Food & Safety by the state of Ohio. 

 

Maria Montesdeoca - handles distributor new items forms, price changes, and other vendor support paperwork.  Maria has several years of industry experience working for manufacturers as a sales executive assistant, handling sales and trade spend analysis, customer service and sales support.  She holds a degree in Business Administration and is a certified Bilingual Judicial Interpreter.

 

Tamara Ghandi - is the Turnover Order Processor.  She has over 20 years of administrative and customer service and office management experience in the health care and veterinary health care industries.  

 

Lee Peretz - is the Office Assistant.  While with Maximum Marketing, Lee is working towards a bachelor's degree in business at Palm Beach State College.  

 

Account Managers 

Steve Verde - is the Northeast Division Manager.  He is responsible for the territory from Washington D.C. to Maine.  Steve was Vice President of sales at United Natural Foods.  His sales philosophy is to provide customers with the best service in the industry.  Steve has been with Maximum Marketing since 2007.

 

Malka Berman - is the Midwest Natural Sales Manager.  Her experience over the past 25 years includes past store management and Whole Foods department manager at Zagara's.  She has also owned her own natural foods store.  She has been with Maximum Marketing since 2003.

 

Bonnie Duganis the Southeast Sales Manager.  Bonnie has followed the natural food industry for years and is excited about the growth and future of the industry.  She comes to Maximum Marketing with a strong sales background in retail and real estate, as well as merchandising.   Bonnie has been with Maximum Marketing since 2007.

 

Shawn Carastrois the Sales & Marketing Coordinator for retail accounts.  She joined the team after working in natural foods stores and has been with Maximum Marketing since 2001.

 

Troy Emineth - is the Northeast Account Manager.  He has over 15 years of experience in the conventional and natural grocery industry including positions as Director of Purchasing at UNFI and Senior Buyer at C & S Wholesale Grocers.  Troys holds a degree in Management and Accounting from Rocky Mountain College.  Troy has been with Maximum Marketing since 2009.

 

Michael Orlando - is the Account Manager for the Eastern Midwest.  He has over 20 years experience as a Regional Sales Manager and Sales Representative of both Specialty and Natural products and has worked extensively with distributors such as Kehe Foods, DPI Midwest and others on establishing new brands and increasing sales.  Michael received an award for Volunteer Service from the State of Illinois Parks District.  He holds an associates degree from Oakton Community College and a degree in Business Administration from Northern Illinois University.  

 

Jerry LeBlanc - is the Account Manager for Pennsylvania and Maryland.  Jerry has over 15 years of experience in the food industry, represenating prestigious manufacturers for distributor accounts such as Tree of Life and Haddon House.  He holds an undergraduate degree from Villanova University and a MBA in Marketing from St. Joseph's University.

 

Ken Buffinton - is the Grocery Account Manager for New England.  Ken has more than 30 years of knowledge and experience in health and beauty care and general merchandise categories.  His experience includes sales, merchandising, and management of field and supervisor staff.   Ken has been with Maximum Marketing since 2007.

 

Keith Sloan - is a Grocery Account Manager for the Southeast.  Keith has been in the food industry for more than five years holding positions of Account Manager at Maximum Marketing and Sales Rep Supervisor for a food company.  He has been with Maximum Marketing since 2005. 

 

Tom Loosis Grocery Account and Business Development Manager.  He has been in the grocery industry for 29 years including 19 years in the food brokerage industry.  He has also worked for 10 years in the grocery industry, including 7 years in store management.  Tom has been with Maximum Marketing since 2007.

 

Nancy Petrosino - is a Mid-Atlantic Grocery Account Manager.  She will be responsible for the headquarter calls for Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and parts of New York.  Nancy has worked in the foods industry, holding the title of District Account Manager for Archway Cookies, Sales Rep for an in-house private label for Supervalu Accounts and has also managed an independent supermarket.  Nancy has been with Maximum Marketing since 2007. 

 

Rob Chew - is the Account Manager for the New York metro area.  Rob has over ten years of experience in the food industry, including several years of merchandising and territory management with Tree of Life and Haddon House Foods.

 

Nancy Schmedes - is the Southeast Account Manager.  Bringing 15 years of experience to Maximum Marketing, Nancy worked as a National Sales Manager for French Meadow Bakery as well as Director of Natural Foods for a Natural Food Broker.  She has been with Maximum Marketing since 2005.

 

Karen Sirignano - is the SE Territory Manager for North Carolina and Virginia.  She comes to us with several years of retail and sales experience in the pet food business.  She currently resides in North Carolina and has been with Maximum Marketing since 2003. 

 

Joe Kolar - is the Supermarket Account Manager for the Eastern Midwest.  Joe has over 32 years of experience with brokers and distributors in account management, business, and sales management.  Joe attended the University of Minnesota and The Brown School of Broadcasting.

 

Don Friedman - is the Supermarket Account Manager for the Western Midwest.  Don joins Maximum Marketing with over 25 years experience as a Distributor Account Manager, earning multiple awards as salesman of the year.   He holds a BS in Business Administration from Elmhurst College. 

 

Linda Amrich - is the Supermarket Account Manager for New England.  She joins Maximum Marketing with over 25 years experience in the supermarket industry, including over 10 years managing retail development for a portfolio of prestigious brands.  Linda holds a degree in Business Administration from Western New England College. 

 

Ken Oehler - is the Southeast Supermarket Merchandising Manager, supervising all territory managers from Virginia to Miami.  Ken has 25 years experience in the grocery business, including 14 years with different brokers.  He was Merchandising Manager at Tree of Life where he introduced natural food sections into stores such as Publix, Bi-Lo, and Krogers.  Ken has been with Maximum Marketing since 2003.

 

Alan Chamberlain - is the Northeast Merchandising Manager.  His 24 years of experience includes Hannaford Supermarkets and UNFI.  He holds a BS in Business Management and resides in Keene, NH with his wife and daughters.  Alan has been with Maximum Marketing since 2004.

 

Denise Manna - is the HBC Sales Manager.  She holds a Certificate in Health Counseling from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.  Denise also is a board member of the American Association of Drugless Practitioners.  Denise has been with Maximum Marketing since 2008.  

 

Territory Managers 

Sue Warner - is the Territory Manager for retail accounts in Central Florida where she serves Grocery stores.  Her experience includes 10 years of working with brokers and distributors in food sales.  She has been with Maximum Marketing since 2001.

 

Mollie Rice - is the Territory Manager for retail grocery accounts in Northern Florida.  She has over 20 years of experience in customer service including 14 years of sales and management experience with Winn Dixie.  Mollie is certified in Food Safety Management.  She is also very involved with organizing local charity events.

 

Bernie Clavelle - is the Territory Manager for retail grocery accounts in Southern Florida.  He has over 20 years of management and merchandising experience with Tree of Life and Winn Dixie Supermarkets.  While at Tree of Life, Bernie achieved membership into the Tree of Life Presidents Club.  Bernie has been with Maximum Marketing since 2010.

 

Marianne Kasper - is Territory Manager for retail grocery accounts in Northwest Florida.  Marianne has over 15 years of retail merchandising and sales experience, including territory management with Maximum Marketing from 2000-2003.   She returned to the company in 2009.

 

James Dennen -  is Territory Merchandiser for Western Massachusetts and Connecticut.  He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business from the Univeristy of Massachusetts' College of Business and has several years experience working with school administration and students.

 

Trudy Karydisis Natural Territory Manager for retail accounts in Northern Florida and Southeast Natural Sales Trainer.  She has worked in the Health Food Industry for 12 years in both management and buying, as well as serving as sales broker.  Trudy has been with Maximum Marketing since 2003.

 

Gray Parsons - is the Natural Territory Manager for Maryland, West Virginia, Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia.  Michael has a background in both medical and nutritional sales and marketing.  He previously owned his own rep and distribution business for 17 years.

 

Sheryl Kula - is Natural Territory Manager for Western New England.  She holds a degree from the University of New Hampshire and has many years of experience in Natural HBC management, sales, and customer service.  Sheryl has also been actively involved in many community volunteer programs and holds certification from the Community Leadership Institute in New York.   Sheryl has been with Maximum Marketing since 2008. 

   

Coco Frey - is the Natural Territory Manager for South Florida.  Coco has founded, managed, and represented several small food retail and educational businesses.  She graduated with honors from Texas Women's College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Food and Nutrition with a minor in Entrepreneurship.

 

Kelly House - is the Natural Territory Manager for North Carolina and Virginia.  Kelly has over 10 years of natural industry experience as a broker sales representative, natural trade writer and as a Health and Beauty Care manager.  She holds a degree in Pre-Med, is also a trained Life Coach and Teacher of Ascension Meditation.

 

Susan Askildson - is the Natural Territory Manager for Minnesota, Wisconsin and The Dakotas.  She has over 15 years of experience in the health and beauty industry, including retail management and ownership and wellness management.  Susan studied physical education and is a Registered Cosmetologist. 

 

Sara Coffey - is the Natural Territory Manager for Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Western Pennsylvania.  She has over 8 years of Natural industry buying and management experience.  Sara holds a degree in Business Administration from Ohio Dominican University.  She also volunteers for the Community Outreach for Health and Wellness. 

 

Chad Bennett - is the Natural Territory Manager for North Florida.  Chad has almost 30 years of management and operations experience, as well as experience in marketing and training staff at all levels, with a leading Southeast retailer.  

 

Jose Ortiz - is Natural Territory Manager for Michigan and Ohio.  He has been involved with the natural foods industry since he was a teenager and began his career with Maximum Marketing as a Natural Merchandiser.  Jose is certified as a Personal Trainer by the National Academy of Sports Medicine. 

 

Gary Papendick - is the Territory Manager for Illinois and Indiana.  Gary has over 30 years of experience in the natural food industry including ownership and general management of natural food stores.  He is also a certified Food Safety Manager.  He has been with Maximum Marketing since 2010.

 

Andrea Huff is the Territory Manager for Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and lower New York state.  She has an extensive background in natural foods, including work as a personal chef for individuals and groups, creating one of the first organic school lunch programs and producing a children's natural food cooking show.

 

Wilfredo Roman -  is the Natural Territory Manager for the New York area.  He brings to us more than ten years experience in the Natural Foods industry including supervisory and sales positions with Life Thyme.

 

Matt Occelliis the Territory Manager for retail accounts in Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee and Alabama.  He has been involved in the retail/sales industry for three years, specifically in the grocery, supplements and health and beauty departments of natural health food stores.

 

Marja Cruz - is the Territory Manager for retail accounts in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean where she serves Natural and Grocery stores.  Before joining Maximum Marketing, she worked as the Puerto Rico sales representative for Tree of Life.  She has been with Maximum Marketing since 2002.

 

Kelly Hubertus - is the Natural HBC Specialist for South Florida.  Kelly has experience in the Health and Beauty Care industry including graduating with honors from the American Institute of Cosmetology.  She also has over 8 years experience in customer service and travel.

 

Stacey Barnette - is Natural HBC Specialist covering key accounts in Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, and the southern tip of North Carolina.  She holds a degree in Fashion Marketing and is certified as an Aesthetician from the Academy of Spa Aesthetics in Atlanta.  Stacey has over 18 years of experience in retail management, sales, marketing, and promotions. 

 

Amanda Liptak -  is Natural HBC Specialist for the New York, New Jersey, Connecticut territory.  She has several years experience with merchandising and sales for retailers such as Whole Foods.  Amanda also has experience with Floral Design and is a Certified Clinical Nutritionist.

 

Christian Voso -  is Natural HBC Specialist for the New York Metropolitan area.  Chris has over 20 years of experience in the Natural products industry including experience in sales management with supplement manufacturers and distributors.  Chris holds a degree in literature from SUNY Purchase College. 

 

Michelle Hainey -  is HBC Specialist covering accounts in the North Atlantic territory.  Michelle has over 20 years experience in the health and wellness industry, including ownership and management of two restaurants and servicing natural and independent accounts as a broker sales representative.  She earned a BS in Marketing from Johnson & Wales University and she enjoys competing in triathlons and other racing events.

 

MaryAnn Sullivan -  is the HBC Specialist for the Mid Alantic region.  She has over 10 years experience in sales management, development and training with prestigious health and beauty care brands.  MaryAnn is a Certified Paramedical Esthetician and is a certified personal trainer.  She holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of Maryland University College. 

 

Merchandisers

Chuck Covatis - is the Merchandiser for the North Atlantic Region.  He has over 35 years of retail management, sales, and merchandising experience with companies including Bradlees, Millbrook, and KeHE.  In his spare time, Chuck enjoys golf and tournament ping pong.  Chuck has been with Maximum Marketing since 2009.

 

Antoinette Fitzgerald - is the Territory Merchandiser for the Mid-Atlantic region.  She has many years of experience in plan-o-gram creation and implementation, product placement, merchandising, and customer service.  Antionette holds an associates degree in Liberal Arts from Northamption Community College.

 

Frank Godfrey - is Natural Merchandiser for Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, and Eastern Tennessee.  He served 4 years in the US Navy and holds a degree in Criminal Justice from Reinhardt College in Canton, Georgia.  Frank has over 10 years experience as a merchandiser for various brokers.  He has been with Maximum Marketing since 2007. 

 

Daniel Rodriguez - is Territory Merchandiser for South Florida.  Daniel has many years of experience in warehouse management, shipping and receiving, and customer service.

 

Dolores Reese -  is the Territory Merchandiser for Natural and Grocery accounts in South Florida.  Dolores has over 25 years of experience in Territory Management, sales and merchandising for retailers, manufacturers, and brokers.

 

Paul Gram -  is Territory Set Team Merchandiser for Florida.  Paul has over 30 years of experience in sales and customer service and holds an Associate's Degree in Psychology.

 

Milton Leon LaFebre - is Territory Merchandiser for retail grocery accounts in the New York Tri State area.  Milton has over 11 years of sales, merchandising, and management experience in the supermarket industry.  He is also working towards his degree in business. 

 

Matt Kenney - is Territory Merchandiser for the North Atlantic region.  Matt has over 11 years of distributor and broker customer service and merchandising experience in the supermarket and natural retail industries. 

 

Helena McIntyre - is Territory Set Team Merchandiser for Georgia and Alabama.  She has 10 years of experience in broker and retailer sales, marketing, and merchandising. 

 

Jesse Woods - is Territory Set Team Merchandiser for Western Florida.  Jesse has several years of experience in customer service, restaurant management and custom design.

 

Lenny Trujillo - is Territory Set Team Merchandiser for South Florida.  He has over 15 years of progressive experience in retail territory sales, merchandising, warehouse inventory, and marketing.

 

Chris Ierley - is Territory Merchandiser for New Jersey and Pennsylvania.  He has industry experience with a major retailer as a Dry Grocery Buyer and has several years of experience in purchase order management, customer service, and merchandising.  Chris holds an associates degree from Northern Virginia Community College.

 

Chris Kelly - is the Natural Merchandiser for North Carolina, Virginia, and the Southern Mid-Atlantic, covering Whole Foods and Earth Fare stores.  Chris has 35 years experience in the foods business with experience in supermarket sales and merchandising.  He has been with Maximum Marketing since 2007.  

 

Christopher Stricklin - is the Territory Merchandiser for Retail Grocery Accounts in Virginia.  Chris has experience in product placement, quality control, Merchandising, and customer service.  He holds a Bachelors degree in Communications and Media Studies from Goucher College, where he was also an awarded goalie for the varsity lacrosse team.

 


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