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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
  • Matt Nielsen
    Nielsen-Massey Vanillas, Inc.
    Chair
    Sean Biederman
    Lawless Jerky LLC
    Crystal Booker
    Smilin Island Foods, LLC
    Bob Burke
    Natural Products Consulting
    Marsha Echols
    SFA DC Counsel
    Lou Foah
    Foah International
    Eric Gertner
    Feast Virginia
    Lou Foah
    Foodmatch
    Megan Gusick
    Greene Grape Provisions
    Laura Heifetz
    Greene Grape Provisions
    Rex Howell-Smith
    Central Market
    Evelyn Ignatow
    Hyde Park Gourmet Food & Wine
    Jane Jaharian
    The Sweetery
    Fredrick Khoury
    Sittis Foods
    Jeff Landsman
    Specialty Food Sales
    Jamie Lincoln
    Norpaco Gourmet Foods
    Emilio Mignucci
    DiBruno Bros.
    Charlie Moro
    CFS Consulting
    Jenn Rogers
    Al Gledhill & Associates
    Lisa Santos
    Southport Grocery
    Marty Stein
    Nassau Candy
    Terry Thomson
    Feel Good Dough
    Terri Werner
    Cherith Valley Gardens
  • Chris Wright
    Wright Choice Gourmet
    Chair
    Todd Rubin
    The Republic of Tea
    Board Liaison
    Sam Cristol
    Cristol Group
    Dianne Keeler Bruce
    DKB Marketing
    Henry Naviasky
    Celtic Marketing
    Art Papazian
    JOH
    Neil Phillips
    Relentless Sales and Marketing, Inc.
    Michael Reich
    Hanson Faso Sales & Marketing Inc.
    Mike Stickney
    Exclusively Gourmet
    Victor Teigeiro
    Specialty Products Inc.
    Arnim Von Friedeburg
    CMA Global Partners
  • Pete Booker
    Smithfield Specialty Foods Group
    Chair
    David Gremmels
    Rogue Creamery
    Greg O'Neill
    Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine
    Todd Rubin
    The Republic of Tea
  • Trish Pohanka
    Sysco/European Imports
    Chair; Board Representative
    Alessandro Bellini
    Viola Imports
    Dee Ann Donnelly
    UNFI
    Beth Haley
    DPI Specialty Foods
    Dave Hirschkop
    Dave's Gourmet,Inc.
    Michael Isenberg
    Chex Finer Foods
    David Kemp
    Les Trois Petits Cochon
    Jeff Koeze
    Koeze
    Patricia Kopec
    McMahon Farms
    Mark Kroenecke
    KeHE
    John Magazino
    The Chef's Warehouse
  • Nona Lim
    Nona Lim
    Chair
    Kirsten Hogan
    UNFI
    Board Liaison
    Nikhil Arora
    Back to the Roots
    Julie Busha
    Slawsa
    Reuben Canada
    Canada Enterprises, LLC
    Ann Chung
    We Rub You
    Shufina English
    California Association for Microenterprise Opportunity
    Isela Hernandez
    Hernan
    Paula Rimer
    Crepini
    Martha Rodgers
    Rodgers Banana Pudding
  • Matt Nielsen
    Nielsen-Massey Vanillas, Inc.
    Chair
    Susan Eriksen
    Char Crust, Inc.
    Phil Kafarakis
    Specialty Food Association
    Chris Nemchek
    Specialty Food Association
    Shawn McBride
    Foah International LLC
  • Gary Gottfried
    VineyardFresh
    Chair
    Susan Eriksen
    Char Crust
    Board Liaison
    Jack Dahlheimer
    Sapna Foods
    Case Fischer
    Fischer & Wieser Specialty Foods
    Anna Gallo
    Savello USA
    Cal Hancock
    Hancock Gourmet Lobster Co.
    Paula Lambert
    The Mozzarella Co.
    Sam Meldrum
    Food Match
    Tim Metzger
    Metzger Specialty Brands
    Randall Rubin
    Ciao Imports
  • Pete Booker
    Smithfield Specialty Foods Group
    Chair
    Charlie Apt
    Sarabeth’s
    Dan Dowe
    Artisanal Cheese LLC
    Lorie King
    Stonewall Kitchen
    Tom Knibbs
    Urban Accents
  • Scott Jensen
    Rhythm Superfoods LLC
    Chair
    Shawn McBride
    Foah International LLC
    Board Liaison
    Domonic Biggi
    Beaverton Foods
    George Denman
    Graeter's Manufacturing
    Julie Jeremy
    Native Kjalii Foods
    Harry Jones
    Blackberry Patch
    Trish Karter
    Dancing Deer Baking Co.
    John Raiche
    UNFI
    Dwight Richmond
    Whole Foods Markets
    Brad Van Dam
    Marich Confectionery
    Fekri Zainoba
    Oskri
  • Jon Pruden
    Taste Unlimited
    Chair
    Emilio Mignucci
    Di Bruno Bros.
    Board Liaison
    Patrick Crowl
    Woodstock Farmers Market
    Craig Kanarick
    Mouth.com
    Pete Marczyk
    Marczyk Fine Foods
    Liz Martinez
    Bi-Rite
    Greg O'Neill
    Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Wine & Bread
    Trip Straub
    Straub's
    Richard Tarlov
    Canyon Market
  • Lee Zalben
    Peanut Butter & Co.
    Chair, Board Liaison
    Sue Charney
    Red Rocker Candy LLC
    Brad Denis
    Victoria Fine Foods
    Thomas Garrity
    Fra' Mani
    Deborah Holt
    Marich Confectionery
    Sarah Lampier
    Nuts About Granola
    Jonathan Lilo Meal
    Vino di Milo
    Carrie Morey
    Callie's Charleston Biscuits
    Jane St. Claire
    Savor California
    Scott Stephens
    Virginia Diner
    Kathy Wiley
    Poco Dolce