Work with the best team in the industry! We have hundreds of years collective experience, combined with continued education on all the latest trends and technology. Our sales and customer service specialists are motivated to consistently exceed your growth goals, and support customers with exceptional service.

Meet Our Team

Please feel free to reach out to our team members below.

Boise, Idaho

Chad Neil

Chad Neil

President/Owner

Chad Neil

Chad Neil

President/Owner

Chad Neil is the Owner/President of J.G. Neil & Company. After spending many years in both WA and OR, Chad is currently working out of the Boise, ID office. His main responsibilities include developing new and strengthening existing principal relationships as well as providing strategic direction and maintaining company oversight. He has been in the food brokerage industry for over 25 years, constantly learning. Chad received his Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Washington. When not working, he enjoys fly-fishing, golfing, hunting and spending time with his family.

Don Curry

Don Curry

Regional Sales Director

Don Curry

Don Curry

Regional Sales Director

Don Curry joined JG Neil & Co. February 2020.  Don has an 18+ year foodservice history in the Boise market.  He started in the foodservice brokerage world with Solutions Resource before owning and operating Culinary Solutions for 3+ years.  Most recently Don was the Vice President of Sales for Rizzuto Foods.  He was with Rizzuto Foods for 13+ years. Don oversees the Idaho and Utah territories for JG Neil currently.

Kristie Neil

Kristie Neil

VP Operations

Kristie Neil

Kristie Neil

VP Operations

Kristie spent approximately 20 years in the Commercial Insurance industry, developing expertise in both underwriting and project management. Much of this experience included building strong financial and business acumen. Upon choosing to leave that industry in 2017, she joined JG Neil & Company, and is now using her skills in various capacities. As the VP Operations, her position is broadly defined and interacts with all branches and departments within the company. She oversees all financial processes, manages all HR related activities, oversees customer service, spearheads purchasing and vendor negotiations, and establishes and updates corporate policies and procedures. Her main corporate goals are increasing productivity while creating efficiencies, establishing and updating policies and procedures to continually improve our business, finding ways to save money while getting the best value, and providing excellent service to all customers (internal and external). She is also responsible for managing insurance programs, overseeing travel and major events and updating our website & social media accounts. When not working, Kristie enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, listening to Pearl Jam, reading and learning to golf (a fun but frustrating endeavor).

Ryan Kerrigan

Ryan Kerrigan

Sales Lead

Ryan Kerrigan

Ryan Kerrigan

Sales Lead

Ryan has been in the food service Industry close to 20 years. He started off working in a deli at 15 years old and never looked back. Years later, he went to Culinary School and became a professionally trained Chef where he worked and started up many different restaurants. Since then he's owned a restaurant, worked as a food broker for a large firm and also worked as sales representative for a distribution center. When he's not working, he loves spending time with his wife and two kids, watching sports (Go Raiders), fishing, camping and just being outside with the dog.

Daniel Lecomte

Daniel Lecomte

Chef/Sales Lead

Daniel Lecomte

Daniel Lecomte

Chef/Sales Lead

I have been in the foodservice industry for 22+ years. I started working in restaurants as a teenager and later went to Culinary School. After finishing school, I spent 16 years as a chef at many different concepts throughout that time. I then moved over to the sales side of the food industry as a sales rep for Food Services of America in the Sun Valley, ID area for 3 years. I have spent the last 3 years as a Broker Sales Rep in the Boise, ID area. In my spare time, I enjoy being outdoors--- camping, hunting, fishing, traveling, and spending time with my 5 children (4 Girls/1 Boy).

Seattle, Washington

Scott Sherry

Scott Sherry

Sales Lead/Business Development

Scott Sherry

Scott Sherry

Sales Lead/Business Development

Scott strives to deliver exceptional service and results to our customers.

Scott started his foodservice career in 1985, and quickly moved into management roles in various venues including high volume restaurant, retail grocery, catering and food manufacturing with an emphasis on regulatory compliance and food safety. Scott moved from the operations side to sales in 2013, and joined JG Neil & Co. in July of 2018. He is currently the Branch Manager for the Seattle office, responsible for leading the sales team.

Dave Daniels

Dave Daniels

Sales Lead

Dave Daniels

Dave Daniels

Sales Lead

Dave has been in the Pacific Northwest foodservice market his entire career and brings experience in all facets of the industry to J.G. Neil. Notably, Dave has been a National Accounts Manager, Business Development Manager, and served 2 separate occasions as a broker. Dave brings extensive market knowledge and expertise to the Military and industrial segments. I was asked by one regional manager to give some of Dave’s background and I answered back that “He has forgotten more people in the market than I have ever met.”

Kim Evans

Kim Evans

K12 School Specialist

Kim Evans

Kim Evans

K12 School Specialist

Kim recently joined JG Neil & Co in June 2019 as the K-12 School Specialist serving the Western Washington Market. Kim comes to us from Food Services of America – Seattle where she spent the last 19 years of her career as an Account Executive for Program Sales covering predominately Schools, Colleges and Universities. She grew up in Spokane Valley until moving to Seattle to attend the University of Washington where she majored in English. She is passionate about School Nutrition and thinks school lunch is “Delicious” which makes her a great fit to take care of our Local Districts!

Grant Gay

Grant Gay

Sales Lead

Grant Gay

Grant Gay

Sales Lead

Grant joins JG Neil and Company with 15 years of foodservice sales experience. Grant worked as a distributor sales rep for Food Services of America in Kent followed by a 4-year role as Account Lead for Morton and Associates working with FSA. Most recently Grant has worked as a regional manager for Oregon Ice Cream covering the Northwest region. In addition, Grant's extensive operator work in the region has forged tremendous relationships with some of the finest restaurant operators and local chains in the Northwest.

Ben Rossner

Ben Rossner

Sales Lead

Ben Rossner

Ben Rossner

Sales Lead

Ben brings over 10 years of sales experience both on the broker (8) and distribution (2) side of the business. He spent his college years working in fine dining for Anthony's Homeport as well as a national FOH trainer for the RUI corporation. Building relationships and bringing solutions to his customers is his number one priority when it comes to this industry. He will be your first call for all your answers and if he does not have it, he will do his due diligence to get the answer for you. In his free time Ben is involved in his church ministry men’s softball program, disc golfing, hiking, camping and every outdoor activity there is, and now recently into riding motorcycles when the weather is nice. He also enjoys dining out and spending time with friends and family and exploring new places that are especially dog friendly as he has two fur babies of his own.

Alex Todd

Alex Todd

Chef/Sales Lead

Alex Todd

Alex Todd

Chef/Sales Lead

I grew up in Western Washington and have been around the restaurant industry my entire life, practically growing up in a brokerage. After graduating from Newport High School I spent two years in Culinary school at Renton Tech learning and honing my craft and passion. I am joining JG Neil & Co with operator experience running a kitchen as well as having seven years of brokerage experience (both in back of the house roles and sales/chef role). When not at work I enjoy golfing, cooking, rooting for the Seahawks, the perpetual sadness of being a huge Mariners fan, hiking with my dogs, and spending time with my family.

Brad Krantz

Brad Krantz

Sales Lead

Brad Krantz

Brad Krantz

Sales Lead

Brad started at a young age in the restaurant business, working his way up to executive chef in some well-known Seattle restaurants. He opened and ran Elliott’s for three years and then opened and ran The Metropolitan Steak House. From there, he went into distribution and worked for a large local distributor and won a lot of sales awards.

Brad then transitioned into the brokerage field, while also raising his two wonderful kids. He enjoys using his background to grow, along with helping his clients and customers.

In his free time, Brad enjoys spending time with his kids and volunteers to cook weekly at a military club near his home.

 

Jenna Smith

Jenna Smith

Operator Specialist

Jenna Smith

Jenna Smith

Operator Specialist

Hi there! I'm a Portland native with 8 years of baking experience, filled with a passion for hard work and new ideas. I come from a customer service and leadership background. I'm ready to learn new things and meet amazing people as I expand my skills in sales with JG Neil! In my free time, I enjoy hiking with my adventure pup, Pretzel. I also enjoy baking and cooking up delicious food!

Sharon Phelps

Sharon Phelps

Customer Service Manager

Sharon Phelps

Sharon Phelps

Customer Service Manager

Sharon joined JG Neil and company in 2012 to support our customer service team. Her level-headedness and desire to solve problems for our customers makes her a perfect fit for the responsibilities she has for the company.

Nancy Shortt

Nancy Shortt

Sales Assistant

Nancy Shortt

Nancy Shortt

Sales Assistant

Nancy has 20 years experience with private business food service managing executive dining cafés, catering and corporate events. She is always on the search for new products and discovering different ways to use current in house products.  She is very familiar with the daily operations of food service establishments. She has always tried to take it to the next level whether it is a current food trend, quality products, health department regulations, staffing challenges and profit margins. She has also worked in sales for a commercial dairy distributor executing daily operations of acquiring new accounts and maintaining customer service with current accounts. These skills all translate well into assisting the salesforce at JG Neil & Co.

Her place of happiness is being outside with nature especially at the beach with her 2 Cairn Terriers.  She loves trying new recipes, dishes and food specialties whether it is in the kitchen, backyard BBQ or dining out.

Hailie Phelps

Hailie Phelps

Marketing Coord/CSR

Hailie Phelps

Hailie Phelps

Marketing Coord/CSR

Hailie Fitzpatrick joined the JG Neil customer service team in January of 2021. She brings with her 5 years’ of customer service experience in food and retail industries. Hailie graduated from the University of Washington with her BA in Psychology and is also an alumnus of Pierce College.

When not at work she enjoys camping, playing tennis, and spending time with her family and pets.

Diann Lopez

Diann Lopez

Customer Service Representative

Diann Lopez

Diann Lopez

Customer Service Representative

Diann worked for The Peterson Company for 14 years and joins the JG Neil team with over 20 years of customer service background. We are excited to have her! When not at work, Diann loves to cook, travel, and spend time with family.

 

Chad Campbell

Chad Campbell

Customer Service Representative

Chad Campbell

Chad Campbell

Customer Service Representative

Chad joins JG Neil & Company with 20+ years of inventory/support experience. Before coming to JG Neil he worked for The Peterson Company as an inventory control specialist.  He enjoys spending time with friends, doing home improvement projects and reading.

Alison King

Alison King

Bid Specialist/CSR

Alison King

Alison King

Bid Specialist/CSR

Alison has been in the foodservice business for over 32 years.  She has been a Customer Service Representative and been in Sales for over 20 years, handling a wide variety of responsibilities. She enjoys this industry and cannot imagine working in any other field.  She has been married for over 34 years and has two daughters and a granddaughter.  In her spare time, she is a vendor at local farmer’s markets selling her line of pet creations for your four-legged friends.  She is also an animal advocate, adopting many animals with special needs.

Annette Mennenga

Annette Mennenga

Customer Service Representative/Sales Support

Annette Mennenga

Annette Mennenga

Customer Service Representative/Sales Support

Annette has been in the food service brokerage business for over 25 years, gaining experience throughout a variety of roles in the admin departments. When not working, Annette enjoys music, traveling, and spending time with her friends and family. She also volunteers in grief support.

Spokane, Washington

Don Curry

Don Curry

Regional Sales Director

Don Curry

Don Curry

Regional Sales Director

Don Curry joined JG Neil & Co. February 2020.  Don has an 18+ year foodservice history in the Boise market.  He started in the foodservice brokerage world with Solutions Resource before owning and operating Culinary Solutions for 3+ years.  Most recently Don was the Vice President of Sales for Rizzuto Foods.  He was with Rizzuto Foods for 13+ years. Don oversees the Idaho and Utah territories for JG Neil currently.

Joe Warren

Joe Warren

Sales Lead

Joe Warren

Joe Warren

Sales Lead
Justin Anderson

Justin Anderson

Sales Lead

Justin has been in the Foodservice Industry professionally for 6 years. Justin got his start at Acosta Foodservice managing the warehouse in Spokane, WA. He then transitioned into a sales position at URM also based in Spokane. After the whirlwind of Covid, Justin transitioned into the automotive industry for a couple of years. He is looking forward to helping rebuild the food industry in his hometown, and helping businesses thrive for years to come! When not working, Justin can be found at the lake with family, playing games with his friends, or spending quality time with his young daughter.

Steven Clark

Steven Clark

Sales Lead

Steven Clark

Steven Clark

Sales Lead

Steve comes to JG Neil with over 30 years' experience in the foodservice industry, doing everything from being a dishwasher to running the foodservice department at a theme park. For the past 15+ years, Steve has worked in the broker sales end of our business. Steve moved to Spokane in 2007, along with his wife and 2 daughters. He loves the Northwest and feels it is a great place to raise a family. He likes hot rods, day trips, fishing and hanging out with family.

Portland, Oregon

Jim Howard

Jim Howard

VP Development/Owner

Jim Howard

Jim Howard

VP Development/Owner

Jim has been a been in the Foodservice industry for the past 21 years and has over 30 years in the industry. Prior to joining JG Neil, Jim has been in the Foodservice Brokerage business as an FSA Distributor lead for the past 15 years and received nominations for Broker of the Year with FSA all 15 years. He enjoyed the privilege of being FSA’s Broker of the Year, 5 of those years and has represented the COP of the Year for several years as well. Prior to that, Jim was a DSR for FSA Portland for 4 years with sales growth of over 30% year over year. A Portland native, Jim also enjoys Photography, Snow Skiing and just being out in nature.

Christopher Turke

Christopher Turke

Territory Manager/Corporate Chef

Christopher Turke

Christopher Turke

Territory Manager/Corporate Chef

When Christopher Turke found his first restaurant job he was hooked. In his home town of Santa Rosa California just north of San Francisco, Chris got his first job washing dishes for a well-known craft pizza house. There he saw the inner workings of a restaurant. Food in his family was taken seriously, from the farm that his grandparents lived on to his mother and father and an older brother who are all confident in the home kitchen. “Growing up around cows, chickens, and sheep, on my small grandparents farm I truly understood what farm to table meant, when one day the animal is in the field and has a name and the next day we are getting lots of white packages that went straight into the freezer, or onto my grandfathers grill.” After culinary school, he found himself in a very fortunate position to be working for one of the most exciting up incoming chefs Michael Mina. Working at Aqua was an eye-opener for Christopher. It was a very aggressive, professional kitchen that produced many top tier chefs. Chef Michael taught him how to cook perfect food, How to balance flavors, and how to treat expensive products like foie gras and abalone. He held a high standard for everything, even the service staff, the dishwashers, the hostesses, and the valets. “Chef taught me the value of making a customer happy is gaining a fan in your food, and restaurant.”

Christopher now lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife Jan, and enjoys foraging wild mushrooms, spending time at the coast together, supporting the local sports teams, Timbers, Blazers, Hops, and playing lots of golf or skiing during their valuable time off. “Even though we work a lot in this business you must still enjoy your life and the company of ones you love.”

Suzann Kayser

Suzann Kayser

K12 School Specialist

Suzann Kayser

Suzann Kayser

K12 School Specialist

Suzann joined JG Neil in late 2012. She has been in the brokerage business since 2004, and prior to that was a School Food Service Director in Oregon for 14 years. She is an expert in all school nutrition and related topics. Aside from work, Suzann love to travel and loves all things Disney.

David Smith

David Smith

Distribution Sales Manager

David Smith

David Smith

Distribution Sales Manager

David started his career in the food service industry in high school as a dishwasher, then moved quickly to restaurant management throughout his 20’s.  In 2000, he decided to make the transition to the brokerage business and has been learning and growing there ever since.  He is driven by his desire to come alongside restaurant operators- back to his roots- and help them be more successful.

David has been married to Natasha since 1998, and has a grown son named Logan.  He enjoys being involved with his local church, experimenting in his kitchen, hiking with his dog Charlie, and pretending to be a home handyman.

Jim Anctil

Jim Anctil

Sales Lead

Jim Anctil

Jim Anctil

Sales Lead

Jim has lived in Oregon since he was two years old, and has been in the hospitality industry since he was hired as a dishwasher at 15 years old. Jim soon moved into the kitchen, first as a prep cook then as a line cook. He spent the bulk of his career as a general manager and district manager for both Red Robin and Applebee's restaurants. These were great companies to work for, but wanting to find a new experience Jim decided to join a very successful cafe and catering company in downtown Portland as the Director of Operations. Jim has always loved to create recipes and play with his own ideas in the kitchen and this role was perfect for doing that. He has spent the last 8 years in sales and consulting for both Sysco and BakeMark. He enjoyed this role also because it allowed him to utilize his experience working with restaurant owners /managers; offering new ideas to enhance their menu offerings and cutting edge ideas for their operations.

Jim is happily married and has three children. The oldest of the "kids" and her husband gave birth to a little girl recently, so Jim and his wife are starting a new phase that they are ecstatic about! When he is away form work, Jim enjoys golfing with friends and going to his son's Crossfit gym for the early morning class.

 

Kelly Cowing

Kelly Cowing

Sales Lead

Kelly Cowing

Kelly Cowing

Sales Lead

Kelly Cowing, a native Oregonian, comes to JG Neil and Company with over 30 years of Culinary and Hospitality talent. Kelly’s exploration of cooking started around 10 years of age, when she made her first crock pot macaroni and cheese.  Kelly’s love of food and learning lead her to becoming a Chef, and eventually co-owning several buisineses around the area; Frontera Catering, Salvador Molly’s, The Yamhill Cafe and Everyday Wine. Operating these businesses gained her the knowledge of thoughtful operations and a compassionate management style.  When Kelly isn’t taking care of her clients, she enjoys running around Disneyland, spending time at the beach, or taking cross country road trips with her family and three dogs.

Jared Stewart

Jared Stewart

Operator Specialist

Jared Stewart

Jared Stewart

Operator Specialist

Jared was born and raised in Oregon. Before joining JG Neil, he attended George Fox University where he played football and received a bachelor's degree in Business Administration. Throughout his time at George Fox, he gained various sales experience and is excited to continue his career at JG Neil.

When Jared is not in the office you can find him on the golf course, hunting, fishing, and spending time with family.

Pam Gardner

Pam Gardner

Sales Support

Pam Gardner

Pam Gardner

Sales Support

Pam joined JG Neil and Company in 2013 as a sales support specialist. She works with our Oregon Sales team and provides assistance to all of our Sales reps and handles all sample coordination, pos, and sales meeting/food show organization.

Salt Lake City, Utah

Cassi Caldwell

Cassi Caldwell

Territory Manager

Cassi Caldwell

Cassi Caldwell

Territory Manager

Cassi comes to us with over 19 years of retail and food service experience.  She spent over a decade at Nicholas and Co. as a Merchandiser and Category Manager.  She then joined the brokerage world, selling food for Core Group and non-food items for Access Partners. 

Now an empty nester, she enjoys FaceTiming her daughter, trying new recipes, and having dinners with friends in her free time. 

Doug Clayton

Doug Clayton

Sales Lead

Doug Clayton

Doug Clayton

Sales Lead

As a newer member of the JG Neil Company, I am excited for the next chapter. I have been in the foodservice business for over 25 years, starting out at Otis Spunkmeyer in Salt Lake City. I stepped into the brokerage business 21 years ago as an operator specialist. Then I stepped up to an Account Executive role, calling on broadline distribution in this market. In my opinion, the best part of this job is getting out and meeting the operators, listening to their needs and bringing solutions to them. My gift is the gift of talking to anyone and building long relationships. My wife and I are now empty nesters. Little too quiet for me. In my spare time I am a sports enthusiast. Golf has been a passion my entire life. Fishing is a close 2nd as long as I can sit in a lawn chair.

Jayson Talbert

Jayson Talbert

Chef/Operator Specialist

Jayson Talbert

Jayson Talbert

Chef/Operator Specialist

Jayson started working in kitchens back in high school, and quickly learned that this is what he was meant to do.  While living in Idaho and attending BYU, he and his wife decided to move their family to Arizona so he could attend Scottsdale Culinary Institute Le Cordon Bleu to take his career to the next level.  After graduating, Jayson stayed in Arizona and worked for an upscale, resort style retirement community.  He worked just about every position he could, from waiting tables to Executive Sous Chef.  Jayson learned a lot of what it takes to run a successful kitchen and loved every minute of it.  After living in Arizona for 7 years, his family decided to move to Utah to be closer to family. He has been working with a contract food service company for the past 9 years with his latest position as Food Service Director.  Jayson comes to JG Neil with a ton of hands on kitchen experience, excited to start this new chapter in his career.

When not at work, he spends most of my time tournament fishing with a bass club in southern Idaho.  If you can’t find him on the water, then he's home with his wife, Julia and two boys Evan (16) and Korbin (14).  Their girls Isabella (22) and Autumn (20) have moved out of the house but still live in the area, so they get to see them every Saturday for family dinner.