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Meet The Team

Executives

Margie Wiemer

GENERAL
MANAGER

Margie joined FoodHandler® in October 2017 as Sales Manager and is responsible for creating, developing, and driving sales for the business across North America. She has over 30 years of distribution experience in the retail, healthcare, and foodservice industries.

Directors

Mike Gyles

DIRECTOR OF SALES
NATIONAL ACCOUNTS

Developing, executing, overseeing, and leading business activities for National Accounts are just a few of Mike’s responsibilities. He works with regional directors and brokers supporting sales activities directly and in-directly across multi-unit chains. He is focused on sustainable and profitable volume growth.

Michael Counihan

DIRECTOR OF SALES
CORPORATE ACCOUNTS

In 1997, Mike joined FoodHandler® as a Midwest Regional Manager. 5 years later, Mike was promoted to Director of Sales, Corporate Accounts. His primary focus is the support of more than 10 Marketing Groups and Reinhart Foodservice as well as private brand development and identifying new distribution opportunities.

Gino Renda

DIRECTOR OF SALES
WESTERN REGION

Gino is a sales veteran. His more than 30 years of experience serve pricing and program management, developing sales plans, strategies, and growing the western region. His career with FoodHandler® began in 1999. His dedication has expanded the Western Region business from $5 million to over $30 million.

Dave Brown

DIRECTOR OF SALES
SOUTHWEST REGION

Dave has over 28 years of experience in the food service industry. Dave became a part of the FoodHandler® Team in 2000. Dave started as a Director of National Accounts before moving to his current position as the Director of Sales, Southwest Region. Dave manages four Broker Teams and 10 states.

Tim Stark

DIRECTOR OF SALES
MIDWEST REGION

Tim has been part of the FoodHandler® family for 8 years. He brings 27 years of foodservice industry experience with more than 17 years focused specifically within the Food Safety Glove industry. Tim Stark compliments the FoodHandler® Team with his Midwest Region coverage including managing the Gordon Food Service and Sysco Corporate programs.

Jennifer Tonetti-Weeks

DIRECTOR OF SALES
NORTHEAST REGION

Jennifer joined FoodHandler® in 2008 as a Corporate Account Specialist assisting the directors and attending events. In 2016, she was promoted to Business Development Sales Representative identifying new opportunities and fostering relationships. Her current role covers the Northeast Region.

Courtney Froy

DIRECTOR OF SALES
SOUTHEAST REGION

After graduating in 2000, Courtney started working for a disposable packaging company as a customer service representative climbing the ranks to sales. In 2008, she joined the FoodHandler® Team managing the Southeast Region.

PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT

Jim Tao

VICE PRESIDENT
RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

Jim received a Ph.D. in Polymer Science and Engineering from University of Athens, Greece, in 1994. His career in the glove manufacturing industry started in 1997, and over the past 20+ years, his expertise in the industry is well known throughout Malaysian factories for latex and nitrile, and China plants for vinyl, poly, and hybrid gloves. As the leader of the research and development department for FoodHandler®, Jim has had numerous patents covering several material glove types – nitrile, vinyl, and hybrid single use disposable gloves for food service applications and medical examinations. Jim also actively participates in standards making for specification and testing protocols for disposable gloves at ASTM.

Brian Sangston

DIRECTOR
PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT

Brian is responsible for developing new products and solutions, maintaining existing product lines, and maintaining the FoodHandler® brand leadership through leading innovations like FoodHandler® oneSAFE® and our new FoodHandler® thinsense™ Nitrile gloves.

Josh Vargas

PRODUCT
MANAGER

Josh joined FoodHandler® in 2014 after starting his career with Bunzl as a Business Sales Associate. With FoodHandler®, Josh manages day to day efforts for products and brands, which includes shepherding products from conception to launch, product insights, leading packaging and brand updates, managing imports workflow, and supporting sales projects.

Marketing

Michelle Greenwood

DIRECTOR
OF MARKETING

Michelle directs the MARCOM team with marketing activities including strategy, branding, messaging, web based solutions, graphic design, and email communications. Her core focus is nurturing projects from concept to completion.

Sam Vargas

DIGITAL MARKETING
MANAGER

With a focus on digital efforts, Sam is responsible for the build, deployment, and maintenance of the FoodHandler® website, social media, CRM tool, videos, and interactive technologies.

Ania Mikojalewicz

PROJECT
MANAGER

Ania holds a Masters Degree in Project Management and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design. Prior to joining the FoodHandler® team in September 2017, Ania worked as an Interior Designer and built customer and vendor relationships. As the Project Manager, Ania manages incoming projects and supports managing priorities, ensuring projects are completed on time. Ania serves as a resource for project development and execution and is the primary point of contact for the Marketing Team.

Brenda Nies

WEB AND GRAPHIC
DESIGNER

Brenda joined FoodHandler® May of 2016 as a Graphic and Web Designer. Her responsibilities include design tasks in both large and small format, from conception to completion, that range from digital to print such as flyers, brochures, sell sheets, posters, banners, e-blasts and websites. Brenda also creates templates for our SafeBites® Webinars.

Paige Resendiz

DIGITAL PRODUCT
CONTENT SPECIALIST

Paige holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Photography Marketing from Columbia College. Paige’s talents provides FoodHandler® with cutting edge, updated photography and videos. In addition to her vast abilities in photo editing, social media, web and CMS maintenance. Paige also hosts SafeBites® Webinars and works directly with our Food Safety Experts, as well as assists with Graphic Design projects and content and data scrubbing.

Hannah Kaminsky

PRODUCT CONTENT
MANAGER

Hannah is a Southern Illinois University graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing. While Hannah’s main responsibility is data scrubbing and coordinating product content, she is also the resident Excel Guru.

Emily Kinateder

GRAPHIC
DESIGNER

Emily joined the FoodHandler® Team in 2017 after graduating from The Illinois Institute of Art in Schaumburg with a Bachelors of Fine Art in Graphic Design. Emily’s main tasks are the creation of annual FoodHandler® product catalogs, product marketing, sell sheets and point of sale collateral, booklets, brochures, flyers, and most recently, the launch of the new FoodHandler® website by working with the Food Safety Experts and Sales Team.