Meet Your Salesperson: Josh Smith

It's amazing what can happen when you combine a positive attitude with determination and gratitude. For Josh Smith, Territory Sales Representative in Seattle, that combination opened doors for him that may have otherwise been unimagined. Starting his career with Bargreen Ellingson in the distribution center, Smith worked his way into territory sales and now manages a territory that is one of the most densely-populated and growing cities in the Pacific Northwest. Read Smith's interview below to get a sense of his journey (and sense of humor) as well as the challenges that serve as motivation for him every day. 

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Meet Your Salesperson: Ryan Lockwood

 

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Ryan Lockwood, Sales Representative for Bargreen Ellingson's Spokane branch, knows what it takes to excel in the foodservice industry. From humble beginnings working as a bus boy to earning a degree in Hospitality Business Management from Washington State University, and now, as a successful sales representative, Lockwood's in-depth knowledge and experience is what gives him his edge. Pair that with the genuine care he shows for his customers and you have a recipe for success. Read his interview below for advice and expertise and see how he is making positive changes for his customers in Spokane and beyond.  

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Meet Your Salesperson: Bianca Anaya

With a family background in the food industry and sales, it only seemed natural for Bianca Anaya, territory sales in Oahu, to explore working in the same field. Her passion for food, dining out, and meeting interesting people sparked her interest in the industry but it's the everyday challenges, rewards, and Ohana that keep her motivated. Read Anaya's interview, below, as she reflects on her journey and accomplishments, and her reasons for attending the Hawaii Foodservice Show in October.

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Meet Your Salesperson: Jeremy Cockerham

For Jeremy Cockerham, food is a way of life. Although his relationship with the foodservice industry has changed over the years, his passion for serving others has not. It takes a chef to understand a chef and the trials and tribulations they go through, and Cockerham is that person. His career as a chef made him an expert in all things foodservice related and allowed him to understand the importance of serving great food and great service. Today, as a salesperson with Bargreen Ellingson Cockerham remains in an industry that he loves and more importantly, has the opportunity to continue to serve his customers with not food but knowledge - something that comes as naturally to him as cooking.

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Meet Your Salesperson: Dustin Kennedy

"Relationships are what really drives me in this industry.  Some of my closest friends are clients and vendors alike," says Dustin Kennedy. "They all know my family and I know theirs.  It makes doing business much more fun when you know you are helping out a friend or partner."

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Meet Your Salesperson: Adrian Tuck

Adrian Tuck, salesperson, in Vancouver, BC, has always had a passion for the food service industry. 

"I started my working career as an operator in restaurants and bars, and eventually owned a couple of my own," says Tuck. "I have always loved the food service business but had to make a choice at a certain point in my life to choose between work and family; I chose the latter."

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Meet Your Salesperson: Nate Kinghorn

 

Nate Kinghorn, salesperson in Boise, ID, truly embodies the Bargreen Ellingson motto of 'serving those who serve others'. With only a year and a half of restaurant industry experience under his belt, he knows that developing relationships with customers and listening to their needs is the key to success. "If I wake up on a Thursday, I’m excited because of the customers that I get to see that day," says Kinghorn. "I know there will be a great conversation, and I just may be fortunate enough to get an order because of the relationship that we have developed." 

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