Team

B&A Broker Management

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Founder and CFO

Ben is the co-founder of B&A. As Director of Sales for Dorman Cheese Co. Ben propelled the company to national prominence. He then became Vice President of Sales at Polly-O-Dairy but received his training as a young man as Head of Distribution for Sealtest Foods (a division of Kraft). With over 55 years of experience comes a complete understanding of the retail food industry. That experience coupled with Ben’s key business relationships, provided his principals with the tools needed to break into the NY market and achieve their sales goals. Joined by his son Andrew a year after...

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Chief Executive Officer

C.E.O. and Founder, Andy Epstein is responsible for the company’s strategic plan and the allocation of resources towards assets and talent to ensure that the goals and objectives of the company and its principals are achieved.

During his nearly 35 years at B&A, his drive, determination, passion, and entrepreneurship have allowed us to continually grow our sales and exceed our principals' expectations. Andy’s New York roots run deep and his experience is invaluable for manufacturers looking to enter this market or increase an existing sales base here.

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President Northeast Division

Prior to coming to B&A in 1999, Kevin spent 15 years at Anco Fine Cheese where he gained experience in all aspects of the perishable food industry. During his career at Anco, he headed up at various intervals, Purchasing, Marketing, The Florida Division, and finally he was named V.P. of Sales managing 10 Regional Managers and over 90 Brokers nationwide. Originally owned by entrepreneurs, Anco became a Division of Kraft Foods and later became the U.S. arm of Multinational Bongrain S. A. France. This gave Kevin the experience to be empathic to all the various forms of the corporate...

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Vice President of Sales

Mark comes to B&A with over 30 years of food industry experience. Mark’s career has taken him through many areas of the food industry with depth in both buying and selling organizations locally and across the United States. His experience includes a decade long record of success within Wakefern Food Corporation. Responsibilities included purchasing and sales within multiple departments including Deli, Dairy, Grocery and Non-Foods. Mark’s knowledge is unparalleled when it comes to understanding the needs of the customer and navigating effectively through their cooperative...

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VP of Marketing & Business Development

Charlie Cruger brings over 25 years of retail and distributor food knowledge to the position of Vice President of Marketing and Business Development. By continually surpassing his sales and profit goals, he moved quickly through the ranks from Deli Manager to Director of Deli and Prepared Foods at the Pathmark Supermarket chain. Learning the business from the ground up gives Charlie the know how to overcome challenges at both store level and at headquarters. In his most recent position as Director of Procurement for RLB Food Distributors, Charlie managed a distribution business focused on...

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Director of Deli Food Service

Mike brings 29 years’ experience of perishable deli / bakery sales to the New York Metro Supermarket and C-store industries. He has developed and delivered extremely successful long term sales programs with every major supermarket chain in the NY metropolitan area. His knowledge, expertise, and proven track record in the perimeter of the store are invaluable assets to our manufacturers and customers. Mike's attributes include the ability to find the right manufacturer to fit a customer need. In addition to being our Account Executive at several key retail accounts, Mike coordinates our...

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Account Executive

Jonathan is the latest to join the B&A team. A graduate of Johnson & Wales University, Jonathan brings a unique and valuable background along with six years in the hospitality industry. His responsibilities include assisting and supporting the sales team in a wide range of tasks. Jonathan is thrilled to share his contagious energy with our team and industry.”

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Foodservice Territory Sales Manager

21 years ago, B&A was fortunate to have acquired Ken and his food service experience that he obtained during his tenure at Nabisco Foods. Ken, our New York Territory Sales Manager, brings to our team a strong network of industry contacts and an unsurpassed understanding of our products and their food service applications. His relationships allow our principals to achieve maximum product placement throughout our food service distributor trade.

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Director of Foodservice Sales

Mitch comes to B&A with 20+ years of foodservice experience. Prior to joining B&A Mitch was the Regional Sales Manager then Key/Commercial Account Manager for The Chef’s Warehouse. Mitch is a trained chef who graduated from the Culinary Institute of America and has his Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University Of Rhode Island. Most recently Mitch was the Director Of Sales for a French start-up that manufactured a line of “Clean-Label” Slow Roasted Tomatoes, Grilled and Roasted Vegetables, Artichoke Hearts, Veggie Burgers and a variety of...

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Foodservice Territory Sales Manager

With nearly a decade in Food Service Sales and back of the house responsibilities, Greg brings hands on experience and a terrific energy to B&A. His main focus is opening new accounts for our principals and building additional business for existing customers. Greg is a graduate of Adelphi University with a degree in business administration.

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Bakery & Kosher Specialist

For over a decade Avi has held sales, buying, & management roles within the Food & Beverage industry. Fresh out of college, he founded a bakery distributorship servicing retail & foodservice establishments in the Metro NY area. He then held a regional sales role at Krasdale Foods, a supermarket distributor. Most recently he was the Northeast snack & candy buyer at Jetro Cash & Carry. Along the way he has gained extensive experience in the bakery, grocery, snack & candy, & kosher trade. Avi brings this knowledge & expertise to B&A along with his passion...

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Director of Store Support

Ron’s food industry career began in-store at King’s Supermarkets. Moving onto Fairway markets as a Perishables Manager he gained extensive product knowledge and merchandising experience.

After a successful stint as a field supervisor for a Key Foods group, Ron joined B&A as our Field Tech Manager. He was soon promoted to Director of Store Support team where he manages all functions and associates in our merchandising, field tech, and office field support departments. His drive to be the best both personally and as a company has made B&A the first choice to lead the charge...

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Product Specialist

Cristian recently joined B&A after a career as a deli manager at A&P and Acme. His knowledge of in store merchandising and operations allows him to anticipate store and consumer needs his resets. His focus is on independent retailers and co-operatives where he is up to the challenge of managing varied product assortments and layouts.

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Store Support Services

Cathy is an extremely energetic person whose responsibilities include coordinating reports and plan-o-grams with our in store tech team, coordinating point of sale delivery to stores, creating power point sales presentations, as well as encompassing new item special display instructions and promotional events for store department managers and buyers

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Brand Specialist

Joe is our newest brand specialist to join B&A for retail in Metro-NY. His background comes with over 6 years of working in the food service industry. He brings depth in knowledge of fine wines giving him insight when it comes to pairings and event planning. This unique experience gives him true passion for what he manages, as he understands a broader view of the applications of retail merchandising. His unique skill set is further complimented with an undergraduate degree in Arts from the University of South Florida. This combination provides a strong approach to instore...

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Office Manager Metro New York Division

Crystal joined the team at B&A with over ten years’ experience in customer service and team leadership. She brings a strong attention to detail and an energetic ability for assisting customers and principals alike. Her commitment, strong work ethic, and overall executional excellence as a Customer Service Representative quickly earned her a promotion to Office Manager where she continues to succeed. Crystal leads a team of 7 customer service professionals in our NJ office.

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Executive Sales Administrator

Allison comes to us with a long history in the food and beverage industry. Prior to joining B&A, she worked her way up the ranks from Event Planner to Assistant Purchasing Director for a 200 + units restaurant group.

Allison is our point person for sales support and all electronic based customer functions such as populating customer ad contracts online, EDI onboarding, and new item maintenance portals such as ONE WORLD and IX ONE. Allison is also trained in and manages the PROMO ASSIST system used by many of our customers and principals. In addition, Allison maintains all our...

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Deduction & Promotion Analyst

One of our original employees, Susan Santopietro has been with B&A for over 25 years, recently stepping down as office manager. She currently manages research and recovery of deductions from our largest customers for our principals. She has built key relationships with the A/P departments of our accounts, which allows her to get answers and repayments quickly. Susan also manages the Promo Assist promotional spend and tracking software used by many companies in our portfolio.

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President- Southeast Division

B&A Florida is now B&A Southeast due to Scott’s ability to build a winning sales team that strives for Excellence and continuously delivers double digit growth year after year. After serving our country in the U.S. Air Force during Desert Storm, Scott has spent the last 20 years in corporate America leading global, regional and national teams to results that exceed company and customer expectations. In fact, his many successes led to Scott being recognized in a Wall Street Journal article about up and coming young executives in America. Prior to coming on board at B&A, Scott...

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Office Manager- Southeast Division

Lauren has been with B&A for over 5 years and has helped B&A Southeast become 100% automated. Lauren oversees all of our office operations that has now evolved into (7) states. Lauren has written the book on all of our processes and procedures that has greatly enhanced our “Customer Service Experience” with our principals, distributors and operator relationships. Her professional approach and “can do” attitude are contagious and we believe her service is unparalleled in our business. Lauren also oversees all Global announcements to all of our Customers. Lauren is bi-lingual...

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Vice President Operations / Inside Sales

Brian brings a unique and valuable business background to B&A along with 25 years of people leadership. During his 10 years of restaurant management as a chef, he embraced the fast pace while developing and applying a number of process improvements at several private & corporate restaurants. Shifting gears in the early 90's, he spent over 9 years at American Express and acquired Six Sigma certifications. Brian has worked for other fortune 500 organizations most recently 5 years at The Schwan’s Food Company. There he was responsible for Sales support along with running the company's...

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Director of Cruise Ship Sales

Walton has over 40 years of Food service combined purchasing and sales experience including 17 years being an Entrepreneur. Prior to establishing his own Brokerage Company, he spent approximately 25 years with a major operator and food service distributor. His sales/brokerage experience in Florida has been with all Foodservice distributors and many end user/operator accounts including the Cruise Industry. Walton has developed many long term relationships with the manufacturers, working closely with them and the end user to develop products and equipment. Walton is extremely excited to be...

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Director of Sales- Florida

Steve brings with him over 30 years of experience selling the Florida food service industry and 20 years as a manufacturer's sales rep. Previous posts held include General Manager for the Dorman Cheese Company and Eastern Regional Sales Manager for Stefano Foods. Throughout his career, Steve has made excellent distributor and key operator contacts for all types of customers including: Secondary distributors, importers and exporters.

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Business Development Director

Sally is a results oriented professional that will be joining B&A Food Sales with 15 years of cruise experience having worked for brands such as Norwegian, Regency, and Star Clippers. She held several diverse roles with responsibilities in food & beverage procurement, inventory control, hotel & marine operations and reservations. Sally also brings 10 years of distribution expertise having worked at Sysco in various Director level positions focusing on cruise sales, contract negotiation and administration including bonded Free Trade Zone Imports & U.S. Customs requirements....

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Vice President of Carolina Division

B & A Carolinas is now part of the B & A family. Jeff brings 30 years of experience as a foodservice broker in the North and South Carolina markets. Early in his career, he was an instrumental force in the pioneering efforts of several dominating brands. He was able to leverage this ability and start a brokerage company that focused on selling premium brands to large leverage operators. The company steadily grew by an average of 19% annually over a 14 year period. In 2004, Jeff sold his brokerage company to a large regional brokerage company. This allowed him to focus on his...

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Director of Sales - NC/SC

Chris has over 30 years of foodservice experience, starting out running kitchens for several large operators. He has transitioned into broker sales and was promoted to management in a large Carolinas firm, then after it was sold he became a manufacturer's sales rep and worked for several companies since the mid 90's. During the past 20 years he’s covered the entire SE region, and has worked in various roles with experience in multi-unit regional chains, contract feeder accounts, school sales and military sales including some overseas operations. During this time he worked to develop and...

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Business Development Manager-South Carolina

Thom joins B & A Food Sales Carolina’s with 35+ years of experience in the food service industry. He started out with a regional chain in college and rose to corporate management training with a national chain. Thom has been with a regional/national broker company in the Carolina market, after a sabbatical went on to study Pastry & Garde manger. Thom successfully helped pioneer a hybrid sales/procurement project with a regional multi-unit and a national foodservice chain. Thom employs a unique skill set focused on the operator and he is excited to offer both product & culinary...

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Business Development Manager Carolina Division

Harry has over 18 years of experience in the food service industry. He has spent (12) years as an Owner/Operator of two successful seafood restaurants where he was awarded the National Restaurant Association’s State “Restaurant Neighbor” Award. Harry’s restaurants were voted by the community as “Best Seafood”, “Best Bar” & “Best Happy Hour” restaurant. Harry is trained as a Chef in all aspects of menu planning, food preparation, food safety and food culture. He has a culinary degree from Johnson and Wales University and an Environmental Management degree from Charleston Southern...

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Business Development Manager Carolina Division

George joins B&A Foods with 35+ years of experience in the food sales and marketing industry. He started working with national brands like Lipton, Tang, Quaker Oats and American Home Foods. He has experience in all areas of sales and marketing management and established successful go to market strategies combined with retail programs designed to reach consumers at the point of purchase.George has worked with some of the largest regional retail chains and received his training at Young & Rubicam International Executive management program. He grew up in the restaurant business...

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Business Development Manager – NC/VA

Emily brings 5+ years of Food Service sales experience to the B&A sales team in the Southeast. She initially followed a dream to teach Art to children. Emily went on to find a passion to sell and became a leader in the business to business sales team for Verizon Wireless. She brought in some of the largest clients in her region. Prior to graduating from the University of Saint Francis and earning a Master’s Degree from Nova, Emily spent her time on the family farm and grew up selling food in the local framers market. Her passion for food, her work ethic and drive to succeed is the...

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Business Development Manager- Carolina Division

Bill will be joining B&A Food Sales with 25 years of experience as a foodservice operator in the Carolina’s and Florida. Bill has extensive food knowledge from his days as a chef with Morton’s and other national chains. He was an instrumental force in the origination of the nationwide brand PDQ. Bill was able to take a simple idea and get the attention of one of the biggest restaurateurs based out of Tampa, Florida. The company opened (4) units in Tampa in the first eight months, PDQ now has (78) units nationwide. This has led him to focus on his passion of working with national and...

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Business Development Manager- Carolina Division

Dave will be joining B&A Food Sales with 25 years of foodservice experience including business ownership. He has become extremely proficient in the field of Restaurant Management and has performed duties as Director of Operations for multiple multi-chain restaurant concepts. His restaurant knowledge will enable him to offer an understanding and perspective that will be of great benefit to our clients and customers. Dave is thrilled to share his expertise and contagious energy with our team and industry partners.

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Business Development Manager – Carolina Division

Michael will be joining B&A Food Sales with 25+ years of experience as a foodservice operator in the Carolina’s across multiple disciplines, from training, IT, purchasing and operations. Holding director level positions in all these areas has given Michael a well-rounded view of the industry challenges and has helped him develop lasting relationships in the Operations, Manufacturing and Broker communities. Starting out in the business in a National chain, Michael specialized in Operations and opening new locations helping open over 75 locations in his career. Most recently working in...

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Vice President-Georgia Division

Charlie has over 17 years of vast sales experience in the food service industry. He has spent his Food Service career working primarily in Sales Management on the manufacturing side of the business. He has consistently demonstrated a drive to grow relationships and business through a pioneering passion to excel. Through this, he has built a proven track record and solid reputation for developing lasting relationships with both distributors and operators. His ability to build relations is evidenced in delivering desired results for the companies and customers that have continuously valued...

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Director of Sales - Georgia

Ross is a highly motivated professional with 18+ years experience in the foodservice industry.

His long sales career has given him extensive experience in working with and managing numerous Georgia based Operators and Distributors.

He has also proven himself to be a trusted advisor and business partner for our manufacturers offering them advice, guidance, and know how that has resulted in increasing their business in the market.

We are very excited to have Ross’ passion and relationships for our Georgia office as we continue our expansion throughout the Southeastern...

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Business Development Manager- Georgia

James joins B & A Food Sales Georgia with 25+ years of sales experience in the food service industry in Georgia. He has a solid foundation in restaurant operations and management too. During this time he developed relationships with operators, distributors and principal clients to successfully reach mutual business goals and interest. Many well-known brands and product concepts being sold today are associated with his efforts. He is respected for effective client representation, a strong work ethic, sincerity and a passion for the foodservice industry. James is excited about joining...

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Business Development Manager - Georgia

Tamyra brings 25 years of Food Service sales experience to the B&A sales team in the Southeast with a majority of her career on the manufacturing side of the business. She is an accomplished sales professional with the power and drive to penetrate new markets while continuing to further develop existing markets. Through her ability to establish strong relationships with key operator accounts, she has a proven track record to increase sales and revenue dramatically. Tamyra is excited to join the B&A team utilizing her creative, passionate sales technique to penetrate the Georgia...

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Business Development Manager - Georgia

Donna brings 25+ years of sales experience to B&A Foods. An accomplished sales professional, Donna has consistently demonstrated her knowledge, expertise, and diversity by effectively extending her mastery over several core channels of business in our industry. She has a proven track record of building significant relationships and producing results with Key Operators and the Distribution community. Her ability to drive new sales and penetrate sustainable business within existing accounts is the formula for her success in the GA market for our Manufacturing partners.

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Business Development Manager – GA

Melissa brings 25 years of multidisciplinary experiences to B&A Foods. An accomplished sales professional, Melissa has experience in the Food Service industry which has enabled her to develop and cultivate strong lasting relationships with Key Operators. In addition to her sales experience, Melissa brings a thorough working knowledge in Operations Management. Her ability to drive new sales and penetrate operator accounts while utilizing her degree in Culinary Arts will be a winning formula for her success in the GA market for our Manufacturing partners. Melissa has an AAS degree in...

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Vice President of Florida Division

Scott has over 14 years of experience in the foodservice industry and is a highly motivated professional. Scott has developed strong relationships in many parts of Florida while opening up new markets for us throughout the state. He continues to bring value to our Manufacturing Partners as well as our B&A Team. Scott has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida.

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Territory Manager - Florida

Tim joins B & A Food Sales with 25 years experience in the food industry throughout the U.S., with special emphasis in the Southeast and Florida markets. He has enjoyed successful tenures with Kellogg's, Beatrice/Hunt-Wesson, Schreiber Foods and, most recently, Lactalis Foodservice (aka Sorrento Cheese). Tim also experienced the entrepreneurial side of the business as a principal owner of a frozen pizza company, servicing private label customers throughout the nation. These experiences have culminated in a vast understanding of the food service industry and a keen empathy for the...

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Territory Manager - Florida

Jim has 30 years of Sales and Management experience with nearly 20 years in the Foodservice industry. Jim advanced through mainline Distributor positions of Sales, Marketing, Business Development and Management. Jim brings years of experience in account development and product placement. Jim has developed and established relationships with Distributors, Manufacturers, and Operators to include personal associations at every level. His professionalism in Customer Relations Management is the key in which he has earned customer loyalty.

Jim is very excited about joining the B & A...

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Terittory Manager - Florida

Lisa joins B&A Food Sales with 20 years experience in sales and marketing. She has covered markets all over the Southeast region of the U.S. Most recently, Lisa was a sales associate for one of the largest distributors in Florida as well as nationwide. She worked in the South Florida market and was very successful in opening and penetrating new business. Lisa is a self motivated individual who understands that building relationships are key to growing sales and helping our Manufacturing Partners in reaching their goals. Lisa is Bilingual in Spanish and resides in Miami Lakes,...

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Business Development Manager - Florida

Al has over 30 years of combined Foodservice experience including business ownership, distribution and manufacturing. Al spent over 25 years with both SYSCO and Performance Food Group in Sales Management. He is well versed in building strong lasting relationships at an Operator level along with navigating the corporate structure of Distributors. Al is very excited about joining B&A and working with the manufacturing partners and customers while continuing to build the solid industry reputation that B&A has established over the years.

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Business Development Manager – Florida

Edward brings 10+ years of Food Service experience to the B&A sales team in the Southeast with a majority of his career on the operator side of the business. He is an accomplished Executive Chef who is empathetic to the challenges a Chef faces from all aspects of running kitchen professionals to kitchen costs. Edward will be able to connect on a culinary level that most sales professionals can’t unless they too were a Chef. Edward also understands from a unique perspective the role a distributor plays in the process and the significance of positioning our Manufacturing Partners...

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