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Association Representatives

Specialty Food Association Officers and Staff

  • Phil Kafarakis
    President

    Chris Crocker
    Senior Vice President
    Content & Media Officer
    Chris Nemchek
    Senior Vice President
    Sales & Business Development Officer
    Laura Santella-Saccone
    Vice President
    Chief Marketing Officer
    Ron Tanner
    Vice President
    Philanthropy, Gov't & Industry Rel. Officer
    Michael Tuccillo
    Vice President
    Accounting & Treasurer Officer

Committees and Councils

  • Becky Renfro Borbolla
    Renfro Foods, Inc.
    Chair
    Matt Nielsen
    Nielsen-Massey Vanillas, Inc.
    Vice Chair
    William W. Booker, III
    Smithfield Specialty Foods Group
    Board Financial Officer
    Trish Pohanka
    European Imports Ltd
    Secretary
    Shawn McBride
    Foah International, LLC
    Past Chair 
  • Charlie Apt
    Sarabeth’s Kitchen
    Daniel W. Dowe
    Artisanal Cheese, Llc
    Susan Eriksen
    Char Crust, Inc.
    David Gremmels
    Rogue Creamery
    Kirsten Hogan
    UNFI
    Lori King
    Stonewall Kitchen
    Tom Knibbs
    Urban Accents
    Emilio Mignucci
    Di Bruno Bros.
    Greg O'Neill
    Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Wine & Bread
    Todd Rubin
    The Republic of Tea
    Lee Zalben
    Peanut Butter & Company
  • Harry Lesser
    1955-1956
    Harold Roth
    1956-1958
    Rennie M. Antolini
    1958-1959
    David D. Shaffer
    1959-1961
    Bernard Hamstra
    1961-1962
    Hank G. Norton
    1962-1963
    Julian Cowan
    1964-1966
    Christo Poulos
    1966-1968
    Leo Barth
    1968-1970
    Andrew Paretti
    1970-1972
    Dan Carter
    1972-1973
    Arnold Hansen-Sturm
    1973-1975
    Harold Anderson
    1975-1977
    Edward T. Crimmins
    1977-1978
    Mario Foah
    1978-1980
    Alfred Lepore
    1980-1982
    Morris H. Kushner
    1982-1984
    John H. Hamstra
    1984-1986
    Jim McGilloway
    1986-1988
    Edith Friedland
    1988-1990
    Bill Skura
    1990-1992
    John Beers
    1992-1994
    Leon Wechsler
    1994-1996
    Mona Onstead
    1996-1998
    Kurt Richter
    1998-2000
    Jim McCaffrey
    2000-2002
    Dan Cohen
    2002-2004
    Benny Curl
    2004-2006
    Tim Metzger
    2006-2008
    Trish Pohanka
    2008-2010
    Dennis Deschaine
    2010 - 2012
  • Jack Acree
    American Halal/Saffron Road
    Chair
    Evelyn Ignatow
    Hyde Park Gourmet Food & Wine
    Marsha Echols
    SFA DC Counsel
    Charlie Moro
    CFS Consulting
    Tanya Nueske
    Nueske's Applewood Smoked Meats
    Larry Uhl
    West Point Market
    Peter Kaldes
    Kaldes Bros. Trading
    Lou Foah
    Foah International
    Eric Gertner
    Feast Virginia
    Marty Stein
    KeHE
    David Winder
    Feast Virginia (standing in for E. Gertner)
    Camille Collins Black
    Les Trois Petits Cochons
  • Beth Bitzegaio
    Exclusivity Gourmet Ltd.
    Chair
    Arnim von Friedeburg
    CMA Global Partners
    Board Liaison
    Sam Cristol
    Cristol Group
    Victor Teigeiro
    Specialty Products Inc.
    Chris Wright
    Blend Sales
    Neil Phillips
    Relentless Sales & Marketing, Inc.
    Steve Auerbach
    Valley Foods Specialty
    Henry Naviasky
    Celtic Marketing
    Michael Reich
    Hanson Faso Sales & Marketing Inc.
  • Matt Nielsen
    Nielsen-Massey Vanillas
    Treasurer/ Chair
    Vincent James
    Mediterranean Snack Foods
    Jeff Koeze
    Koeze
    Cal Hancock
    Hancock Gourmet Lobster
    Michael Stickney
    Exclusively Gourmet Ltd.
    Peter Pruden
    Taste Unlimited
  • Phil Meyers
    Central Market
    Emilio Mignucci
    Di Bruno Bros.
    Greg O'Neill
    Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Wine & Bread
    Board Representative
    Patricia Lobel
    Avenue Gourmet
    Board Liaison
    Linda Sikorski
    The Pasta Shop
    Patrick Crowl
    Woodstock Farmers Market
    Trip Straub
    Straub's
    Jon Pruden
    Taste Unlimited
    Chair
    Richard Tarlov
    Canyon Market
    Pete Marczyk
    Marczyk Fine Foods
    Liz Martinez
    Bi-Rite
  • Trish Pohanka
    Sysco/European Imports
    Chair; Board Representative
    Case Fischer
    Fischer-Wieser
    Board Liaison
    Leo A. Dick
    Leo A. Dick & Sons Co.
    Patricia Kopec
    McMahon Farms
    Julien Lapraz
    Lactalis
    Dave Hirschkop
    Dave's Gourmet
    Scott Weber
    KeHE
    Beth Haley
    DPI
    Dee Ann Donnelly
    UNFI
    Michael Isenberg
    Chex Finer Foods
    John Magazino
    The Chef's Warehouse
  • Cara Figgins
    Partners, a Tasteful Choice Company
    Chair/Board Representative
    Judi Arnold
    Dufour Pastry Kitchen
    Reuben Canada
    Canada Enterprises
    Hassan Alireza
    The Daily Crave
    Nikhil Arora
    Back to the Roots
    Dianne Keeler Bruce
    DKB
    Shufina English
    California Association for Microenterprise Opportunity
    Franco Scimeca
    Master Martini USA
    Paula Rimer
    Crepini
    Isela Hernandez
    Hernan
  • Chris Nemchek
    Specialty Food Association
    Mike Tuccillo
    Specialty Food Association
    Mike Silver
    Neomonde
    Cara Figgins
    Partners, a Tasteful Choice Company
    Becky Renfro Borbolla
    Renfro Foods
  • Susan Eriksen
    Char Crust
    Chair
    Cal Hancock
    Hancock Gourmet Lobster Co.
    Kim Sayid
    Academia Barilla
    Sam Meldrum
    Food Match
    Garry Gottfried
    Vineyard Fresh
    Anna Gallo
    Savello USA
    Randall Rubin
    Ciao Imports
    Jon Vaughn
    Dufour Pastry Kitchens
    Daniel Dowe
    Artisanal Cheese
    Board Liaison
    Henry Wainer
    Sid Wainer & Son
  • Tom Knibbs
    Urban Accents
    Chair
    Ken Erickson
    Kehe Food Distributors Inc.
    Steve Cliburn
    Wildly Delicious
    Thomas Garrity
    Fra' Mani
    Carrie Morey
    Callie's Charleston Biscuits
    Jane St. Claire
    Savor California
    Paula Lambert
    The Mozzarella Company
    Board Liaison
    Kathy Wiley
    Poco Dolce
    Gregg Villarrubia
    Magic Seasoning Blends
    Deborah Holt
    Marich Confectionery
    Lee Zalben
    Peanut Butter & Co.
  • Jamie Brent
    Hain Celestial Group, Inc.
    Co-Chair
    Bob Burke
    Natural Products Consulting Institute
    Co-Chair
    Becky Renfro Borbolla
    Renfro Foods Inc.
    Board Liason
    Scott Jensen
    Rhythm Foods
    Brad Van Dam
    Marich Confectionery
    Julie Jeremy
    Native Kjalii Foods
    Trish Karter
    Dancing Deer Baking Co.
    John Raiche
    UNFI
    Dwight Richmond
    Whole Foods Markets
    Jack Porter
    KeHE
    Domonic Biggi
    Beaverton Foods