Chad Neil is the President of J.G. Neil & Company. Chad is currently out of the Washington office, and has been in the food brokerage business for over 25 years, working in both the Oregon and Washington markets. He received his Bachelors degree from the University of Washington.
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.”
Nicole started with J.G. Neil in August of 2006 with a background in customer service. Prior to joining J.G. Neil, Nicole taught a customer service program designed to promote excellence and teach representatives the skills required to handle customers with the utmost quality and service. This is Nicole’s first experience working in the food service industry, but with a strong background in customer service, she has taken to her position quickly and is even learning a bit about food!
Grant joins JG Neil and Company with 15 years of food service 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 region manager for Oregon Ice Cream covering the Northwest region. In addition, Grants extensive operator work in the region has forged tremendous relationships with some of the finest restaurant operators and local chains in the Northwest.
Kelly serves the role as our Healthcare Sales Specialist. Kelly had previously been with Diamond Crystal Nutritional Products. She is a registered diet tech and has a culinary degree. Kelly brings a wealth of knowledge to our company, both in sales experience and the technical healthcare market.
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
Natalie started with JG Neil &Co in September 2015. Helping others has always been a passion of Natalie’s and with that she brings over 27 years in Customer Service of which 25 of those years were spent in Higher Education. Natalie’s logic to customer service has been to do the best you can to keep a customer happy, and be honest with them. Natalie received her AA at Southwestern Christian College and a BA from Barnes Business College.
Isha Joined JG Neil and Company in 2009 to help support our sales and service team, and POS Coordinator. Isha now is a Customer Service Representative for K-12 school lines, and Bid processor.
Scott joined JG Neil and Company in 2017 to help support our sales and service team. Scott manages sales support, samples and POS for all three offices as well as managing customer service for a number of our Principals.s.
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!
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 a 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.
Wayne Norwood joined J.G. Neil & Company in November of 2002 as a distributor manager in the southwest Washington and Oregon markets. Wayne has over 35 years experience in the food service industry, having worked in all aspects of the business ranging from manufacturer representative to institutional food service broker.
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/foodshow organization.
Malcolm joined JG Neil in 2016 as a Specialty Account Manager. Before getting into the food industry world, he spent 4 years as a Music teacher for a middle school in Portland and 5 years as a professional musician. His background in promoting/playing music has benefited him in sales/customer service by being able to use comparable selling tactics and the ability to converse with customers. In 2013, Malcolm started in the food industry working in the warehouse for Core Group and by 2015 he was promoted to working for the sales force of that company. He works with the Oregon sales team covering all of Southern Oregon, parts of Portland and eastern Oregon. Malcolm is constantly gaining more knowledge in the business to better serve and sell product to customers.
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.
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 older brother whom 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 in coming 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 abelone. 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.”
Kevin is the J.G. Neil Corporate Chef and sales representative for eastern Washington. He has been with J.G. Neil since September of 2004. Prior to coming to J.G. Neil, Kevin was a professional Chef in the Seattle area where he earned a culinary degree from South Seattle Community College in 1988. He has over 20 years of experience in the restaurant industry, having worked his way up through the ranks of some of Seattle’s premier kitchens. He was an Executive Chef for the last 8 years of his career.
Kevin has appeared in Chef Magazine, Entertaining the Costco Way and KCTS Chefs. In 2002 he had the honor of cooking dinner for the members of the James Beard Foundation at the James Beard House in Manhattan, New York. Soon thereafter, he began to explore other opportunities in the hospitality industry, at which time he joined the J.G. Neil team as a food broker. He’s enjoying every minute of it.
Tom has been in foodservice sales for the last 17 years. The past 11 years Tom worked with Summit Brokerage where he focused on all levels of distribution, including Tier 2 and Tier 3 distributors in the Spokane market. Prior to Summit he spent 6 years as Eastern WA Territory Sales Manager for RSI Specialty Food Equipment selling equipment to all accts from espresso drive throughs to grocery stores; specializing in espresso machines, Taylor ice cream machines, Manitowoc ice machines and chicken broasters. Tom is a graduate of Kent State University with Bachelor of Science degree.
Cory Gibson joined J.G. Neil & Company in 2014 as an Account Manager in the Eastern Washington and North Idaho markets. Cory has over 15 years experience in the food service industry, having worked in all aspects of the business ranging from restaurant manager to his most recent position as Marketing Associate with Sysco Spokane. Cory received his Bachelors degree from Eastern Washington University and is continuously expanding his knowledge to be an increasingly important asset to his customers and their business.
Jim has been with the company since 1992 and took over the role as president in 1998 when he and his brother purchased the company from their father. Jim has both his B.A. and M.B.A. from the University of Washington and ran the company from J.G. Neil’s corporate office in Seattle from 1998 – November 2015. Jim maintains an active role as Business Partner.