Cam Andress – Alberta
Frank Chiarantano – Ontario
Michael Collier – Atlantic
Jim Harlow – Ontario
Matt Julien- Contract Sales- Ontario
I love life and everything that it has to offer. The Foodservice Industry has been extremely good to me, having had multiple roles since my first job at 31 Flavours slinging scoops when I was 15 years old. I consider myself extremely fortunate to have met some incredible people from our great industry, many of which I am very close to and consider friends.
I enjoy music, food, being outdoors, and entertaining family and friends. I’ve been known to dominate a Bluetooth speaker without asking, and don’t love giving up control. I am passionate about laughing, even if at my own expense. I love to sing like no one is watching but I am tone deaf and I don’t know a lot of lyrics, so I make them up in the moment.
If my life was hitting the big screen Will Ferrell would be playing me…I might have been nicknamed “Frank the Tank” in my past. During recent COVID times my Mom referred to me as Grizzly Adams. Is he still around?
I’m not sure if I could pick a favorite food or place to eat. I have been privileged to experience some pretty special meals at many amazing restaurants, but I would have to say that some of my most memorable would be sitting around our dining room table.
If I wasn’t selling knives and savin’ lives I would likely be slinging a hammer or a power tool building decks and docks.
Kevin Kerr – Ontario
The foodservice industry and the people in it have given me an opportunity for a life I could not have imagined when I was a young adult working as a laborer for a welding company. I have been fortunate to be surrounded by people that presented me opportunities, customers that trusted me, and a family that supported me. If I have any accomplishments, it is having the ability to make the most of my good fortune and not let people down that have meant so much to me in my life.
Something that you might not know about me is that I love to run. If my knees and hips only shared the same enthusiasm it is something I’d do every day. If my body is the mood, a long run is one of my favorite personal activities.
My guiding principle is best represented in a poem: “The Man in the Glass” by Dale Wimbrow.
John Klingle (MAC Sales) – Northern Alberta Middebly Brand Sales
I am a born and raised Edmontonian, who started my foodservice career at Russell Food Equipment when I was 19 years old. I feel very fortunate to have met and worked with so many great people in our industry over the years.
My passions are travel, history, food, and sports. Thankfully my wife of 36 years shares most of these same interests (and tolerates the ones she does not!)
Comfort foods are my favourite. My most memorable meals have been at Oktoberfest in Germany and Ernie Ells winery in South Africa.
My dream job would be to live and work for 6 months of the year in Hawaii.
Gino Licursi – Quebec
Mike Licursi – Quebec
Steve MacKell (MAC Sales) – Southern Alberta Middleby Brand Sales
Based out of Calgary and selling foodservice equipment since 1990.
Graduate of SAIT Hotel Restaurant Management program. Worked in several hotels in various positions. Joined a national foodservice supply company for 10 years before starting my company MAC Sales & Marketing.
My favorite meal is Alberta Beef & BBQ, my favorite restaurant in Calgary is Trolley Five Brewing. I enjoy fly fishing, sailing, cooking BBQ, and golf.
If I wasn’t selling foodservice equipment, I would be fly fishing the world-class Bow River in Calgary or teaching sailing.
Tim Moffatt – British Columbia
Claudio Ottoni – Quebec
I was born and raised in Montreal, and I love what Montreal culture has to offer. Aside from our famous Poutine, which I know is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Montreal cuisine, we are also known for our smoked meat, pizza and Montreal bagels that I love to share with guests when they visit our great city.
I graduated from ITHQ culinary school in ’89 with a degree in professional cooking and was destined to be a chef in some famous hotel until I came upon Neville Jeens. The rest is history!
I am very passionate about what I do and love supporting the people in the foodservice industry to the best of my abilities.
My favourite hobby is playing piano. On a personal level, my goal in the next 5 years is to give back my musical abilities to help different fund raising organisations.
I am a proud grandfather of 6 beautiful grandchildren with another on the way and have been married to my better half Joanne for over 35 years now.
If I were not in foodservice, Joanne and I would probably own a resort somewhere in the islands and I would spend most of my breaks on stage playing the music that I love.
Matt Roth – Ontario
Steve Tyler – Ontario
Scott Westman – Manitoba and Saskatchewan
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Chris Jeens – Ontario
Rock and roll plays a big part of my life outside WDC. It’s no accident. Holding steady and staying positive.
Like many people in 2020, I have been finding happiness in the kitchen. I am spoiled by my ability to learn and be inspired by watching Dave, Dan, Gabriel, and Mikael do what they do as culinary experts at WDC. I try, in turn, to spoil my wife, two sons, and any guests that visit us by truly making an effort to prepare unique meals at home.
One of my most memorable meal experiences ever was at Mallard Cottage in St. John’s, Newfoundland, shared with 30 close friends. If you were there, you agree… about both the meal and the friendship. I love how food can create strong bonds between people.
Down the road…Travel would be nice to try again. Non-stop. Starting in Europe. Barcelona? Then on to the next place. Or, if the food is as good as they say it is there, maybe we just stay put for a while.
Neville Jeens – Ontario
I can’t imagine that anyone would find this interesting, but I have an immense interest in the history of the First World War and the European Theatre of World War Two. I also love aviation although I’m not a pilot. In fact, if the last 54 years hadn’t involved selling foodservice equipment, I would have been in the RCAF flying CF-104’s before joining an airline to fly passenger aircraft. I used to see the Avro Arrow on its test flights and have a photo of its maiden flight in 1958, flying almost right over the spot where our office and warehouse are now east of the airport.
At some point in the next few years, and if travel restrictions lift, I would love to visit New Zealand with my wife, Gretchen,. When we travel, we like to eat, and the most enjoyable meals are the simple ones. The Sea Horse in Pass-a-Grille, Florida – open for breakfast and lunch only – serves a fabulous corned beef hash. It’s probably not healthy, but it’s good.
I also lived beside John Candy for several years in the mid-50’s, and I still have this picture of John, his brother Jim, and me in our snowsuits and hats with the built in earmuffs. That’s me in the middle, John on the right and Jim on the left in January of 1954. I still hate winter. Some things don’t change.
Duane MacNeill – Inside Sales Coordinator – Middleby Brands
My interest in all things culinary began in my mid-thirties. I purchased a Chef Revival denim chef coat while attending a series of cooking classes. A few years later I sold my company and decided to pursue a career as a chef, enrolled in the Culinary Management program at Humber College and apprenticed in a bistro.
It was during that time that I was presented with the opportunity to purchase the Canadian distribution rights for Chef Revival.
W.D. Colledge were my reps. Together we built San Jamar/Chef Revival into two dominating brands from coast to coast. Now I have the privilege of working as a member of the team.
As a sideline, I purchased, renovated and flipped houses (14 in total). Now I enjoy cooking, hiking, cycling and playing guitar.