July 26, 2004 was an important day at Celtic Marketing with Dwayne Rockenstyre joining the team. Dwayne is Director of Sales for Celtic Marketing. He was formerly with Specialty Partners in Albany for seven years and he worked 16 years with Tree of Life, Gourmet Award Foods and A. Greenhouse.
Edward Ounjian joined Celtic Marketing as Director of Brand Management in June 2008 and has over 25 years of experience in the specialty and natural food industry. His experience includes purchasing at Samuel Zukerman, Director of Purchasing at I. Epstein and most recently Regional VP at Millbrook.
In 2002, George Bair joined our team in March with 20 years of Specialty Food experience working for Millbrook and Gourmet Award. Most recently George was the account manager calling on A&P New England for Gourmet Award. In January 2008, George was named Director of Natural for Celtic Marketing.
In October 2005, Joe Ippolito, who has over 16 years of experience as a Dairy Manager, Category Buyer and Account Executive joined us working in the Metro New York & New Jersey Market. Joe is Director of Grocery and has extensive experience working with Wakefern and the individual Shop Rite group members.
Dan McGrath joined the team in June 2008. Dan has 16 years’ experience as a route salesman for Price Chopper at A. Greenhouse / Gourmet Award / Tree Of Life and is a merchandiser in the Upstate New York and New England area.
In November 2010, John Peace joined Celtic Marketing as the Metro Brand Manager. John has extensive experience and industry knowledge of the New York Marketplace.
Chris joined Celtic Marketing in May, 2010. Chris started his career more than 20 years ago at ShopRite. He joined Gourmet Award/TOL in 1991 and has extensive experience as merchandiser participating in resets and developing planograms for specialty and natural products.
Rose brings 25 years experience in the grocery business which began at ShopRite. Most recently she worked as a Category Manager Assistant and Procurement Analyst at Wakefern for TOL.She became part of the Celtic team in April 2010.
Ed Gritsavage joined Celtic Marketing in May 2011 and is experienced in the North Carolina Marketplace and we value Ed's merchandising expertise with store resets, new item cut-ins, store openings and store audits. Ed became the Southern Brand Manager in October 2015.
Jim came to us in October 2011 with 28 years of experience. Most recently he was working for KeHe Distributors supervising and conducting retail store audits, resets, building displays and securing promotional activity. Before that Jim worked with DPI, C&G Distributors and Super Fresh Markets.
Nate joined Celtic in May 2012 with experience working with KeHe Foods the past 5 years as a merchandiser and most recently leading reset teams at Shaw’s and Roche Bros.
Deidre joined Celtic in May 2013 with experience working with Cole’s Trout and Cabot Cheese. She will be calling on Natural and Independent stores in New England.
Chris joined Celtic in June 2013 with experience working with Tree of Life as a sales representative and joined UNFI in 2010 when UNFI secured the Wakefern Account.
Mike joined Celtic in June 2014 with more than 20 years of experience in the Specialty and Natural Foods industry. He started his career at Millbrook Distribution Services holding positions in Field Sales, Merchandising, Buyin and Category Management then as the Specialty Foods Buyer at Stop & Shop Supermarkets, VP of Sales at Desert Pepper, Category Manager at UNFI and most recently as Director of Sales-East for the Back to Nature Foods Company.
Michael joined Celtic Marketing in July 2014. He began his career in the specialty food industry by watching his Dad ( Yes, Henry Naviasky) and then five years ago he joined Bozzuto’s Food Distributors as a Merchandiser. Shortly thereafter he advanced to Salesman and in September 2012 he was promoted to Regional Supervisor where he oversaw a team of ten salesmen and several merchandisers. During his time at Bozzuto’s Mike gained a wealth of knowledge that he will utilize and grow upon in his new role at Celtic Marketing.
David joined Celtic on January 19, 2015. David has worked on the Distributor side of the business for 12 years and retail side of the business for 16 years with extensive experience developing and cultivating Natural, Organic, Ethnic and Specialty Foods. Many of you know David from his A. Greenhouse and Gourmet Award days. Most recently David work for Price Chopper Supermarkets in Schenectady, NY.
Bill started his 41st year working in the distributing industry in January and joined Celtic Marketing on February 2, 2015. Bill spent 17 years in his dad’s distributorship Quality Snax, 10 years with C&G Distributors, 7 with Advantage and most recently with Crossmark.
Tara joined Celtic Marketing on May 11, 2015 and she will be calling on Gristedes and ShopRite/Wakefern. Many of you know Tara from her 26 years in the industry working at Golden Simcha, I. Epstein, Gourmet Award, Millbrook, Advantage and most recently with Crossmark calling on Wakefern
Seth joined Celtic Marketing on October 15, 2015 as our new Sales Specialist located in Hendersonville, NC. Seth has experience working with Gourmet Award, Tree of Life and DPI.
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