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Leadership
Chaiman of McLane Global - Mike Julian

Mike Julian

Chairman

Mike Julian’s more than 40 years of leadership and experience within the grocery industry made him a natural fit as Chairman of McLane Global. Mike began his career in grocery management while in upstate New York. His aggressive style soon made him a well respected leader within the industry. He has consulted to high-level, nationally recognized grocery chains, as well as serving as President and CEO of two major U.S. grocery companies. His long term relationship with well known grocery distribution leader, Drayton McLane, Jr. led to a joint vision that included the development of the Domestic Division of McLane Global. Mike’s visionary leadership spearheaded the expansion that lead to the opening of McLane Global’s Home Office and distribution center in Houston.

Todd Avery

CEO

Todd comes to McLane Global from ProPacific Fresh Co., where he had served as Senior Vice President, Operations and Transportation. There he managed all operations (Procurement, Manufacturing, Human Resources, Information Technology and Supply Chain) of 6 fast paced facilities. Todd has previously worked with Certified Grocers Midwest as Vice President of Distribution and Operations. Todd brings in a new skill set that will help McLane Global to become even more relevant to its customer's needs.
Todd Frease

Todd Frease

President

Todd’s 20 years of experience in accounting and finance within the grocery industry allow him to navigate the complex challenges of the business. His leadership plays a vital role within our management team. Todd graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio with a BA in Accounting and Finance. Earning his CPA in the state of Ohio in 1993, He joined The Kroger Co. and held positions in Audit, Tax, as well as Assistant Corporate Controller of The Kroger Co. and Director of Finance for the Southwest Division of The Kroger Co. encompassing the Texas/Louisiana Division. Todd is responsible for the Domestic Sales Division and International Sales Division of McLane Global. His previous position within the Organization was Senior Vice President.

Michelle Weisberg

Senior Vice President – International

The development of branding that transcends borders and garners universal recognition requires someone of Michelle’s extensive experience. Michelle Weisberg joined McLane Global in 2015 after 14 years of success in Acquisitions, Brand Development and Marketing in the food industry. Her understanding of the full breadth of the strategy required to grow products from conceptual infancy into prominent, efficient and cost effective brands was culled from directing the growth of private label with Smart & Final and also as a Merchandise Manager on two occasions: first with Big Lots in a role focused on specialty foods acquisitions and then later as a Divisional Merchandise Manager with Cost Plus World Markets. Her Leadership roles in two start-up Brand Development projects, Fresh and Easy – Neighborhood Stores and the roll out of the Wild Oats brand have also proven invaluable in the further development of our own Lady Liberty Brand.

Bob Sliger

Vice President of Operations

Bob Sliger has 24 years of experience in warehouse, logistics and distribution. He has overseen two start ups for warehouse operations from the ground up and consulted for companies to turn their business around. He is DOT certified for safety and records along with a Class A CDL and has a lean six sigma black belt. He was HACCP Certified in 1996, Food Safety Certified first in 2005, 2010 and 2015, and has passed over 10 AIB food safety audits. At McLane Global he will be in charge of overseeing all warehouse activity.
 
Sales
Prashant Iyer

Prashant Iyer

Director of International Business

Prashant Iyer brings over thirteen years of international business experience from food companies such as The Global Green Company, Pepsico and Poore Brothers, working in international business development, private label programs and global sourcing. As a performance driven leader with a global mindset, Prashant has successfully grown and developed new business in Asia, Indian sub-continent and Middle-east. As the Director of International Sales, Prashant’s role at McLane Global is to lead the international team as the company moves into a new and exciting phase of global expansion. Prior to joining McLane Global, Prashant worked as an analyst in market research at Sun Microsystems. Prashant has an MBA in International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, and a second Master’s in International Business from India. He is fluent in English, Hindi, and Tamil.

Yujing Huang

International Business Manager

Yujing Huang began her career at McLane Global preparing all McLane Global office systems for migration to Dynamics A/X. When that project was complete, she moved into her permanent position supporting the traders while learning the International Trading Business. In her current role, Yujing is the International Business Manager in charge of developing a large portion of the Asian market. Yujing received her MBA from the Keith Busse School of Business at St. Francis University in Fort Wayne, Indiana and her BS in Environmental Science and Engineering from Feng Chia University in Taiwan. Yujing is fluent in English, Mandarin and Taiwanese.

Michael Lin

International Business Manager

Michael Lin brings over ten years of experience in sales, sourcing, purchasing, logistical operations, and business development in China. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics. Michael joins McLane Global as an International Business Manager and is involved in developing the Chinese and Hong Kong markets. He is fluent in English, Mandarin Chinese, and Wenzhou Chinese.

Ahmed Choukab

International Sales Assistant

Ahmed comes to McLane Global after receiving an associate's degree in international business from the Houston Community College. He is fluent in Arabic, French, Spanish and English and this ability has proven invaluable in the international environment within McLane Global. He is currently working in the international sales department as an assistant. Ahmed is a graduate of The University of Houston Downtown where he graduated with honors earning a degree in Applied Administration.

Kathy Soliz

Domestic Sales Assistant

With over 6 years in the customer service field in north Houston, Kathy Soliz’s fluency in both English and Spanish has proven invaluable over her career with the Health and Human Services Department of Texas. Kathy, a Houston native, will be attending school and majoring in accounting. She assists the accounting team with mailing and receiving invoices, filing, payment claims, payment and data entry relating to accounts receivable and payable, in addition to an ever growing list of accounting tasks as her education and experience expand. Her eagerness to gain a working knowledge in the field of her study, while continuing to work toward becoming a CPA, has made her a valuable asset to the Mclane Global team.

Kelly Clifford

International Sourcing Coordinator

Kelly is a 2014 graduate from Louisiana State University, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing. She comes to McLane Global after spending a year teaching English in Prague. Kelly’s experience in Marketing has proven invaluable in preparing product presentation and merchandising programs. In addition to working on some marketing for our emerging brands she assists in product packaging and supplier research.

Jelena Ozgur

International Sales Assistant

Jelena Ozgur is an international trade specialist with over 10 years of outsourcing consumer products from China and South East Asia. Her strengths are her global background and various market insights as well as business development and logistics. Jelena graduated from Belgrade University, Mandarin language and earned her proficiency at Beijing Union University. She joined McLane Global International Sales Department to expand and maintain successful business relationships with various business partners. Jelena is fluent in English, Mandarin, Russian, Turkish and Serbian.
 
Hunger Relief Distribution Network, HRDN

Jordan Laccetti

HRDN National Sales Manager

Jordan Laccetti has a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Finance from the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY. His experience includes work as a financial analyst for the Ayco Company LP which is the high net worth financial counseling division of Goldman Sachs Investment Bank. He also has experience in commercial real estate sales, leasing and management. Jordan’s responsibility at McLane Global’s Hunger Relief Distribution Network is business development and managing customer relationships for Food Banks across the U.S.

Morgan Carver

Sourcing & Procurement Manager

Morgan Carver earned his Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Supply Chain Management from the University of Houston. Having worked in hospitality Management for four years before joining the McLane Global logistics department; he brings to the table years of experience in operations, sales, and customer service. After mastering his position in 3rd party logistics, McLane Global decided his skill set could be better utilized managing the global sourcing and purchasing for their domestic customers and Hunger Relief Distribution Network (HRDN) program.

Allan Allen

HRDN Area Manager – TOLA

Allan Allen is an accomplished sales professional with over 30 years of experience in the Consumer Packaged Goods Food Industry. Allan has broad experience with leadership roles in sales management, account management, route sales management (DSD), and retail grocery management. Prior to joining McLane Global, Allan spent 11 years with the Kellogg Company where he held multiple leadership roles. His last role was managing a network of Master Distributors and Wholesale Customers who distributed Kellogg’s products to retail customers across an 8 state region focusing on driving sales in all channels of trade classes (both national and regional accounts) across diverse categories. Since joining McLane Global in April 2014, Allan has been responsible for managing McLane Global’s regional retail, wholesale, and distribution channels of business. In June of 2015, Allan moved into McLane Global’s Hunger Relief Distribution Network (HRDN) business , where he is now responsible for the growth and development of HRDN customers across Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Arkansas.

Brent Douthit

HRDN Area Manager – Mid-West

Brent Douthit has a background in sales, operations, and management. Prior to joining HDRN, Brent was the Director of Operations for Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana. He oversaw food procurement, processing, and distribution for Gleaners which was the largest food bank in Indiana. He was also responsible for managing all aspects of the 300,000 sf warehouse. Prior to Gleaners, Brent was in the classroom education market working for National Geographic, Herff Jones, and the George F Cram Co. Brent is the HRDN Area Manager for the Mid-West region.
 
Accounting

Nam Nguyen

Controller

Nam earned her Bachelor of Business Administration from Vietnam and Master of Science in Accounting from University of Houston-Clear Lake where she received scholarship for excellent academics. Nam joins McLane Global as the Controller and brings a wealth of experience from her previous work. Nam is bilingual in English and Vietnamese.

Binh Nguyen

Accounting Specialist

 
Logistics and Technology

Stacey Walker

Logistics Manager

Stacey Walker brings to McLane Global over thirteen years of logistics experience. Embarking upon her career after receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Maritime Administration from Texas A&M University, her early work, for container shipping lines, positioned her to learn the strategies of logistics from the ground up. Later she also thrived in a role supervising the handling of every available mode of transportation as a Logistic Manager for a large international energy company. Stacey earned a Master’s Degree in Global Supply Chain Management from the University of Southern California. Her end to end mastery of supply chain management and solution strategies was birthed within this impressive formal education but also then honed by her success in diverse real-world experience. Stacey’s complete repertoire of skills ensures the continuation of McLane Global’s history of excellence in service and efficiency.

Tim Frey

Supply Chain Manager - International

Tim joined our international team with an extensive exposure to logistics and supply chain management in US, Europe, Middle East, and Central Asia. CISCM certified and trilingual in English, Spanish and Hungarian, Tim comes equipped to handle the many challenges that come with international shipping. He is currently working on supporting the logistics and sales teams to streamline and optimize the supply chain flow from manufacturer to ultimate customer while simultaneously following our core values and finding the most cost-effective solutions possible.

Hank Morton

Information Technology Manager

Hank Morton comes to McLane Global after working for a decade as the operations and information technology manager in the retail grocery eCommerce channel. He has also worked in the restaurant industry maximizing work efficiency and optimizing ordering systems and food storage in new store developments for several corporate chain restaurants. His experience with establishing customized internal informational structure and workflows through technology or creation of defined company systems makes him a unique fit to help answer the needs of the diverse client base an international company supports.

Shaundrea Fortson

Logistics Coordinator

After completed her education at Southern University-Baton Rouge, Shaundrea Fortson started her career in logistics in 2005. Shaundrea has experience in managing both International and Domestic freight handling as well as in Supply Chain Management. Shaundrea has joined the McLane Global family as the Logistics Coordinator where she is responsible for the accuracy of the day to day shipping and receiving for McLane Global's many customers.

Lisbeth Loya

Project Manager

Lisbeth Loya started her career with McLane Global with Hometown Favorites. This eCommerce division of the company was a natural fit for one such as Lis and her prior experience working in industrial assembly of electronic equipment. Her remarkable success in managing the small parcel fulfillment and kit assembly for a diverse selection of gift items for Hometown Favorites led to an increase in responsibility and she now flourishes in her new role as Project Manager. Her responsibilities now include overseeing all small parcel fulfillment, maintaining inventory accuracy across all companies and managing all of the production line projects for McLane Global’s divisions including but not limited to: student backpack assembly for HRDN, food box assembly for GoodNews Food and all product labeling or repacking for the International Division that are necessary for translation or for customs clearance requirements.

Brittany Williams

Customer Support Specialist - 3PL

Brittany’s entire career has been centered in the Logistics field. In addition to working toward earning a bachelor’s degree in her spare time, Brittany is currently responsible for handling inbound and outbound orders for McLane Global’s 3PL customers and all of their nuanced and unique needs. Her prior experience involved shipping and receiving, booking flights and creating all of the required documentation for both international and domestic air freight. Her extensive experience and bubbly personality has quickly proved as a tremendous asset in her role as a Customer Support Specialist for the Logistics division of McLane Global.