Meet The Team
“Flexibility and stability. It’s great when the same people are there for a long time.”
Walt has more than 30 years’ of leadership experience in our industry. Prior to joining Honor Foods, he spent more than 20 years with the Campbell Soup Company in several sales and marketing roles within its retail and food service businesses. Before Campbell’s, he held key marketing positions with other major food companies including Ore-Ida, Heinz and Adam’s/Cadbury. When not tailgating with his family at Penn State games you can find Walt out riding his motorcycle, landscaping or gardening.
Joe brings more than 20 years experience to his role overseeing our sales groups. Prior to joining Honor Foods, he held key managerial positions at McCain Foods and Campbell Soup Company. Joe’s customer-first attitude is a major factor in our ability to deliver exceptional food product lines at great prices. (He admits French fries are his personal favorite). Outside of work, Joe spends most of his time following his kids in their sports and Drama activities. Joe likes to stay active and still plays men’s ice hockey. Come summer, you’ll find him on a South Jersey beach.
Wow! 35+ years of food service experience! Greg originally worked for our parent company, Burris Logistics, and joined us at Honor in 2007.
Greg’s current role as Vice President of Redistribution Operations has him overseeing both our Springfield and Philadelphia operations. Prior to working with us he held several leadership roles with Burris Logistics, Maines Paper, and Imperial Distributors. Greg enjoys working in his garden, collecting antique tools, and spending quality time with his family.
Dave brings over 34 years of experience to our Springfield, Massachusetts location; he left the family business and started with us as a buyer and salesman. “We closed on a Friday and I started here on Monday!”, says Dave. His main focus now is purchasing commodity dairy and he loves the challenges and opportunities the dairy markets present.
Dave has fully restored a 1950 MGTD and enjoys cruising around in it and working on it; whether it’s minor maintenance or ripping out the clutch assembly or full braking system. He also enjoys downhill skiing and doing projects around his home.
Ann Polites has been in the Human Resources field for 13 years. She is a Drexel University Graduate. Ann has worked in the consumer product goods industry prior to joining Honor Foods. Her experience has enabled her to build a deep expertise in the areas of employee relations, fair employment practices, recruiting, and employee benefits and compensation. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Ann is an active member of the Society of Human Resources (SHRM).
Emory has over 14 years of experience in the food service industry. Prior to his position with Honor Foods, he worked in Public Accounting, obtaining valuable experience in the manufacturing, distribution and service sectors. In addition to his professional commitments, Emory also serves on the board of a local non-profit organization. Emory and his family are passionate Philadelphia sports fans.
Rick started his foodservice career ten years ago at our parent company; Burris Logistics, where he worked on the retail side of the business. Rick has worn many hats during his time at Honor and is now our Director of Purchasing. His favorite part of working here at Honor is cleaning out the company’s freezer by snacking on the constant supply of French fries, chicken fingers, and mozzarella sticks.
Rick is an avid Philadelphia sports fan, enjoys playing golf, and rarely gets a full night sleep due to his energetic toddler and dog at home. Soon he will get even less sleep because baby number two is on the way.
Joe started here at Honor Foods 20 years ago as a part time employee while he finished his last semester at college. Now, his current role as Director of Operations oversees both the Philadelphia warehouse and our Information Technology department. When not juggling his duties managing both of these smoothly running departments, Joe enjoys spending time with his two children, playing golf and is a devoted Philadelphia Sports fan!
Keith Blake Outside Sales: NY City, Lower Hudson Valley, Southern Connecticut, Long Island, North Jersey
Keith started his career with Marriott Corporation then moved over to food service sales working for Atlantic Marketing and Colony Brokerage, calling on distributors in the NY and NJ areas. Keith joined Honor foods in 2000 and resides in Central NJ with his wife and son. A long-time New York Yankees and Giants fan, he takes a lot of good-natured ribbing from his Honor Foods colleagues who favor the Phillies and Eagles. “It makes it a little difficult working for a Philadelphia based company,” he says with a smile.
A regional sales manager, Jeff has more than 25 years of food service industry experience in sales, purchasing and operations. His knowledge and dedication to providing value along with quality products and consistent service give our customers a competitive edge. Away from work, Jeff enjoys spending time with family and friends, volunteering in the local community, and participating in outdoor activities.
Chris joined Honor Foods in 2004, and has experience in both inside and outside sales. His greatest strength is product knowledge and his greatest satisfaction comes from the customer loyalty and trust he has built up over many years. Chris is a fan of professional golf and Philly sports teams. Chris has little time to relax as he is the proud father of two energetic young children.
Raised in Philadelphia, and a graduate of LaSalle University, Gene began his career here at Honor Foods in 1990. He started as an inside sales account manager, later moving to our outside sales team. Gene is currently focused on developing our NY markets and is in constant communication (both in English and Spanish) with customers and colleagues.
Gene’s passion for traveling and working with people, makes him a natural for sales. When not at work, Gene spends his time raising a family (including his dogs), traveling, rooting for the home team, fishing and golfing.
Bob began his food career in 1969 with a small Italian distributor. He moved up quickly over the years through purchasing, operations and management. A key member of Honor Foods family since 2007, he enjoys visiting customers and building strong, long-term relationships. Among his favorite food brands are Pilgrim’s Pride, Stouffers, Hormel and Furmano’s. An avid traveler and golfer, Bob is also a gourmet cook who even makes his own sausage.
Bruce is excited to bring his 25 years of sales experience to Honor’s Springfield, MA location. Before joining us, Bruce was with both Sysco and US Foods, where he accumulated a wide range of experience and expertise in Foodservice sales. In addition to Bruce’s professional achievements, he plays in two bands and does live sound for the local theater and some of the Springfield area’s most rocking bands.
With 24 years of foodservice experience there’s nothing that Rob can’t do. Everything from warehousing, transportation, purchasing, national sales, and logistics are in his wheelhouse. Before joining us at our Springfield location, Rob honed his extensive skills at Sysco (Syracuse and Connecticut), Empire Beef and Reddy Raw. “My favorite part of my job is building strong, long term relationships with our customers.” says Rob.
Outside of work, Rob resides in Connecticut and enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters, coaching lacrosse, is a big time Syracuse Orange fan and an avid golfer.
Sales and Buyer: fresh shell eggs, cheese and dairy.
Ronnie was led into this business by her good friend and mentor, Chick Price. 30 years later, the best part of her Honor Foods experience remains the building of customer relationships. “We’ve grown together in business as well as in life,” says Ronnie. “Honor Foods has been a continuing education for me. I never get tired of learning and providing thoughtful customer service.” Family is her other full time job.
A valued Honor Foods employee for more than 19 years, Kathy co-ordinates sales and opportunities with our outside sales force, as well as with our dairy company. She is responsible for maintaining business and stimulating growth, constantly presenting new ideas and products to customers. Kathy enjoys doting on her grandchildren, movies, reading, and getaways to the shore.
Rory joined us 4 years ago from our parent company, Burris Logistics. Over his 15 years in the industry, he has been an analyst, a buyer and sales specialist. He keeps our customers informed, stocked and happy. When not behind the desk, he’s a diehard Philly sports fan and Arsenal Football Club supporter, basketball player and golfer. Confessing he has a sweet tooth, Rory’s favorite Honor Foods brands include Sweet Street, Brooklyn Cannoli, Cheesecake Factory and Sara Lee.
Steve has been a vital member of Honor Foods for 32 years. He offers customers good value, highly competitive pricing, and helps them make the most informed buying decisions with the latest market information and trends. Ever the sales professional, Steve’s favorite product lines are those that have the strongest demand and move in pallet quantities.
Julie’s been with Honor Foods for 22 years. Her earliest experience with Honor Foods was as a child, when she and her sister would come to work on Saturday mornings with their dad, Dick Singer. Julie has worked in many departments here but what she enjoys most is sales where every day is an adventure. She learned from her mentor, Margie Rossiter, that the most important thing is satisfying the customer. Outside of Honor, Julie likes to garden, read and hang out with her four rescued cats.
Frank Wills Inside Sales: NY City, Lower Hudson Valley, Southern Connecticut, Long Island, North Jersey
With 35 years of industry expertise, there’s virtually no customer question Frank can’t answer. From market strategies, pricing and logistics to product applications, his customer support skills are exceptional. Honor Foods frozen vegetable lines are his favorite to sell. When not busy with family activities, Frank enjoys golf, bicycling, baseball, and gardening.