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Our leadership team is experienced, passionate, and committed to building lasting relationships with customers and vendors. We prioritize creating a positive work culture that drives success.

The Palmer Foods leadership team brings a wealth of experience, knowledge, and passion to the foodservice industry. With a strong focus on building lasting relationships with customers and vendors, the leadership team is dedicated to driving Palmer Foods’ and its clients’ success. They deeply understand the industry and are skilled at identifying and responding to emerging trends and opportunities. Above all, they value their associates and prioritize creating a positive, supportive work culture that drives the company’s success.

Experience, knowledge, and passion The Palmer leadership team 

Kip palmer ceo of palmer foods is a dedicated leader who takes pride in the companys history and values As a family owned and operated business since 1850 palmer foods has grown into a broadline foodservice company that invests in the communities it serves Kip believes in building personal relationships with clients and prioritizing their satisfaction He aims to help clients focus on outstanding food superb facilities great service and excellent value With a strong commitment to the companys values kip leads palmer foods with gratitude for their many wonderful clients and gods blessings
Kip Palmer, CEO
Kip Palmer, CEO of Palmer Foods, is a dedicated leader who takes pride in the company’s history and values. As a family-owned and operated business since 1850, Palmer Foods has grown into a broadline foodservice company that invests in the communities it serves. Kip believes in building personal relationships with clients and prioritizing their satisfaction. He aims to help clients focus on outstanding food, superb facilities, great service, and excellent value. With a strong commitment to the company’s values, Kip leads Palmer Foods with gratitude for their many wonderful clients and God’s blessings.
Brian handley is a dynamic and accomplished leader with a master of business administration and over two decades of operational leadership experience in various industries He is passionate about improving the lives of others solving complex problems and transforming how products are produced and delivered Brian has a proven track record of delivering exceptional strategic results in operational improvements and supply chain optimization maximizing efficiency client satisfaction corporate growth and profitability As an award winning coach and mentor he has effectively led multiple business transformation efforts including turnarounds acquisitions and divestitures

Brian Handley, President

Brian Handley is a dynamic and accomplished leader with a Master of Business Administration and over two decades of operational leadership experience in various industries. He is passionate about improving the lives of others, solving complex problems, and transforming how products are produced and delivered. Brian has a proven track record of delivering exceptional strategic results in operational improvements and supply chain optimization, maximizing efficiency, client satisfaction, corporate growth, and profitability. As an award-winning coach and mentor, he has effectively led multiple business transformation efforts, including turnarounds, acquisitions, and divestitures.
Drew saur is the chief information officer at palmer foods with over three decades of experience in managing complex software engineering and information technology endeavors Additionally he is the founder of the progressive cio and an adjunct faculty member at the rochester institute of technology He emphasizes the importance of empathy and trust in building strong relationships between engineers and customers

Drew D. Saur, Chief Information Officer

Drew Saur is the Chief Information Officer at Palmer Foods with over three decades of experience in managing complex software engineering and information technology endeavors. Additionally, he is the founder of The Progressive CIO and an adjunct faculty member at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He emphasizes the importance of empathy and trust in building strong relationships between engineers and customers.
Dan walsh is a seasoned sales executive with over three decades of experience in business development and sales leadership He has a results oriented approach and a track record of exceeding sales objectives building effective teams and developing long term strategic plans With a focus on situational leadership and efficiency driven sales process management dan brings expertise in corporate communication strategy media consulting event planning and incentive program design

Dan Walsh, Vice President, Program Sales

Dan Walsh is a seasoned sales executive with over three decades of experience in business development and sales leadership. He has a results-oriented approach and a track record of exceeding sales objectives, building effective teams, and developing long-term strategic plans. With a focus on situational leadership and efficiency-driven sales process management, Dan brings expertise in corporate communication strategy, media consulting, event planning, and incentive program design.
Rich carroll provides strategic leadership and direction for our street sales team With over 30 years sales leadership experience in the beverage industry most recently at fifco usa He has also held senior leadership roles with pepsi cola labatt molson coors and spirit sanzone distributors

Richard Carroll Jr., Vice President, Street Sales

Rich Carroll provides strategic leadership and direction for our Street Sales team. With over 30 years sales leadership experience in the beverage industry, most recently at FIFCO USA. He has also held senior leadership roles with Pepsi-Cola, Labatt, Molson-Coors and Spirit & Sanzone Distributors.
Mieke ulrop is a highly effective leader with a talent for cultivating strong relationships and identifying individual strengths to create successful teams As director of human resources and organizational development at palmer foods mieke brings her expertise to help the company create a supportive and productive work culture for its associates driving palmer foods success With keen attention to detail and a focus on maintaining progress mieke has a proven track record of delivering results

Mieke Ulrop, Director, Human Resources and Organizational Development

Mieke Ulrop is a highly effective leader with a talent for cultivating strong relationships and identifying individual strengths to create successful teams. As Director of Human Resources and Organizational Development at Palmer Foods, Mieke brings her expertise to help the company create a supportive and productive work culture for its associates, driving Palmer Foods’ success. With keen attention to detail and a focus on maintaining progress, Mieke has a proven track record of delivering results.

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