Our Team

Our Team

Leadership

Chairman

Denton McLane

For the past fifteen years, Denton McLane has been directly responsible for managing McLane Global on behalf of McLane Group. Click for more information.

CEO

Todd Avery

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 customers’ needs.

President

Todd Frease

Todd’s more than 20 years’ 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.

Director of Procurement

Anpin Hsieh

Anpin Hsieh is our Director of Procurement and brings to McLane Global over 19 years of experience in food procurement. She has a Bachelor’s degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Economics with a minor in International Affairs and is bilingual in English and Mandarin. Her experience is quite extensive, from retail (ShopRite/Wakefern), wholesale procurement and distribution (C&S Wholesale Grocers) to food imports and food service (Rema Foods & Royal Food Import). This allows her to leverage her comprehensive understanding of both domestic and international sourcing, purchasing, supply chain and logistics to optimize procurement activities at McLane Global. Anpin’s strength in international procurement and sourcing provides a significant advantage for our MHS and value customers. This allows McLane Global to have the flexibility to source goods domestically and/or internationally so that savings can be passed on to our customers.

National Sales Director

Jordan Laccetti

Jordan has a Bachelor’s degree in Business, as well as a Master of Business Administration, from the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY.  Jordan is a seasoned sales professional with 16 years’ experience in both sales and management.  Jordan’s responsibility as National Sales Director is to set the direction for McLane’s Domestic Sales Teams and work to effectively and efficiently achieve McLane’s business objectives.

Director of Operations

Mauricio Gallego

Mauricio joined McLane in July 2017, bringing nearly 16 years’ experience to the McLane Global team. He has handled operations for industry players from Sun City Produce, the largest exporter of produce to the Caribbean, to full Operations Management for all divisions in export, import, cruise ship lines and customers including 99 Cents, Fresh Market, Whole Foods and more. Mauricio has completed the HACCP Manager training program through The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) and has helped various organizations obtain their food safety certification at a superior level. His years of experience and commitment to results are at the center of Operations here at McLane Global.

Director of Marketing

Melissa Hunter

Melissa Hunter brings more than 13 years’ Brand Marketing and Advertising experience to McLane Global. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Baylor University, Melissa comes to the McLane family from Simply 7 Snacks and Dishaka Manufacturing, where she served as Brand Marketing Manager, developing the Simply7 brand throughout the US and across more than 30 countries. Through her extensive knowledge of the CPG industry, manufacturing, brand development and marketing strategy, retail strategy, design and analytics, Melissa provides effective tools to drive success and growth for the various divisions of McLane Global. Melissa’s role is product innovation, marketing strategy and brand development for all McLane Global divisions including International Sales and Marketing, Lady Liberty, Domestic Sales and Marketing, MC Trader, McLane Global Logistics, and McLane Hunger Solutions.

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Director of Logistics

Stacey Walker

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.

Operations Manager - California

Mario Castillo

Mario leads operations of McLane Global’s California warehouse. He brings 13 years of Operations experience in food import and export, and heavy machinery. He has worked on distributing food to corporate accounts like Caeser’s Casinos, Chick-Fil-A, Red Lobster, Logan’s Roadhouse, Applebee’s, Denny’s, Black Bear Diner, local restaurants and retail locations in California, Nevada and Oregon and exporting to countries like Europe, Asia, South America, Pacific Islands and Australia. Mario has led food safety for 4 years securing A+ score under the BRC Criteria. His key skills include systems implementations used to drive the operational cost down and improve the customer service (3 ERP systems, and 2 WMS systems)
Mario plays an important role in expanding McLane Global’s operations to the West Coast by providing our existing and potential customers added options for storage and distribution of their products.

Director of Human Resources

Jackie Hendrick

International Sales

Director International Business

Prashant Iyer

Prashant Iyer brings over 15 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.

General Manager, Greater China

Michael Lin

Michael Lin brings over 12 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 General Manager for Greater China and is involved in developing the Chinese and Hong Kong markets, as well as distributor partnerships and joint business ventures. He is fluent in English, Mandarin Chinese, and Wenzhou Chinese.

International Business Development Manager, China

Cindy Wang

Cindy brings more than 10 years’ experience in sales and marketing to McLane Global, as our International Business Development Manager in China. Throughout Cindy’s career, she has developed successful sales and marketing strategies for E-commerce, modern retail, distributor channel and trade marketing programs, working with large CPG brands including P&G top-selling products. Cindy has a Master’s degree from Xi’an University of Technology in China. With her expertise in building CPG brands and her in-depth understanding of the China market, Cindy is a valuable member of the McLane Global International Sales team. She is fluent in English and Mandarin Chinese.

International Business Development Manager, Southeast Asia

Yujing Huang

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 Southeast 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.

Sales Manager

Waseem Mohammed

Waseem is based out of Dubai and brings over 15 years of experience in Food and Beverage trading – Middle East, in both Modern Trade and Foodservice. He graduated from Madras University, India, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physics. Waseem’s greatest strength is building strong relationships with internal and external partners, he has travelled extensively in Middle East, USA and Europe for Trade shows and handled a diverse customer base ranging from 5-star Hotels, Catering companies, Hospitals to Ship Chandlers, Traders, and Retailers. Waseem is fluent in English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. 

Sales Manager, Middle East

Ahmed Choukab

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 Middle East Sales Manager. Ahmed is a graduate of The University of Houston Downtown where he graduated with honors, earning a degree in Applied Administration.

International Brand Sourcing Manager

Suwannarat Chaihang

Suwannarat started her career here at McLane as an Associate Buyer in our Procurement department, and now serves as our International Brand Sourcing Manager. Her experience spans domestic food sourcing and purchasing for food bank, program builds, and program quotes, as well as inventory management, purchasing for regular turn business, one-time buys and project specific buys. Suwannarat is now a member of our International Sales Team sourcing, purchasing and managing the manufacturing of new brands and products for emerging export markets. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Medical Science from Naresuan University, Thailand, and a Master’s Degree in Logistics and Supply Chain Technology from the University of Houston Main Campus. She is fluent in English and Thai.

International Sales Assistant

Binh Phi

Binh Phi was born in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam and moved to Houston in 2013. He brings to McLane Global years of customer service experience and supports the International team with processing sales and purchase orders, stickering and coordinating with the warehouse and logistics departments. Binh is fluent in English and Vietnamese.

International Sales Assistant

Mohamed Rochdi

Mohamed Rochdi Kouar was born and raised in Algiers, Algeria. He moved to Houston in 2013 after completing a bachelor’s degree in international Trade from “école des Hautes Etudes de commerce “and an internship at Orkila Algérie – a distributor for raw materials and chemicals. At McLane Global, Mohamed creates SOs, POs, multi-lingual stickers, files claims, and coordinates with domestic and international customers and vendors, and internally with warehouse and logistics departments. Mohamed is a certified French-English interpreter and proficient in English, French and Arabic. Apart from Import/Export, languages and culture, he is a big sports fan and loves Soccer. 

U.S. Sales & Manufacturing

Director of Business Development

Patrick Kerim

Patrick brings 24 years of experience in domestic and international sales, private label, contract manufacturing, and global sourcing to McLane Global. He joined us from a leading European food conglomerate where he was Commercial Director managing the HEB account and B2B clients. His main focus for McLane Global is developing sales for Retail- branded and private label and B2B- brand owners seeking contract manufacturing partners, industrial ingredients/packaging for manufacturers, and distributors. In addition he provides guidance, leads, sources, and knowledge to other team members responsible for the international, logistics, food service, procurement, and hunger relief divisions of the company. Patrick has a Bachelor’s degree in International Business from The University of California, Davis and speaks Spanish, French, and conversational Arabic.

National Sales Manager, Foodservice

Dustin Aglietti

Dustin joins McLane Global as the National Sales Manager for our Foodservice division, helping identify solutions that bring the most value to our customers. Raised in Westchester County, NY, he holds a Bachelor’s degree from Marist College, Poughkeepsie. Dustin brings 10+ years’ experience in the food industry working for major national importers, with a strong background in Mediterranean foods, industrial-sized canned goods and sourcing unique products from around the globe. With the addition of Dustin to the McLane Global sales team, we are able to offer value and growth opportunities through foodservice products for National Chains and Distributors.

Sales Associate

Kathy Soliz

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.

Senior Buyer

Dejan Snajder

Dejan joined our procurement team as a Senior Buyer and brings to McLane Global over 13 years of experience in the Specialty Food Industry. His experience spans logistics, distribution, sales and procurement of Consumer Packaged Goods from Central Europe. He has sourced products for major national retail chains and gourmet shops. Originally born in Sisak, Croatia. He has lived in Texas for 17 years. He is passionate about food, cooking, fishing and traveling.
Associate Buyer, Procurement

German Turcios

German joined McLane Global as our Data Integrity Associate, and has since moved on to join our Procurement Team as Associate Buyer. Originally born in Chicago, he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Supply Chain Management from the University of Houston, Main Campus. As a Data Integrity Associate, German’s experience includes Microsoft Dynamics documentation continuity, ensuring accuracy of all product specifications and inventory. He now supports our Hunger Solutions team as an Associate Buyer, overseeing domestic food sourcing and purchasing for food banks, program builds, customer program pricing, inventory management, and project specific buys.

McLane Hunger Solutions

Regional Sales Manager, TOLA

Allan Allen

Allan Allen is an accomplished sales professional with more than 30 years’ 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 regional retail, wholesale, and distribution channels of business. In June of 2015, Allan moved into the McLane Hunger Solutions business, where he is now responsible for the growth and development of MHS customers across Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Arkansas.

Regional Sales Manager, Northwest & Mid-West

Brent Douthit

Brent Douthit has a background in sales, operations, and management. Prior to joining McLane Hunger Solutions, Brent was the Director of Operations for Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana. He managed food procurement, processing, and distribution for Gleaners, the largest food bank in Indiana. Brent was also responsible for managing all aspects of the 300,000 sqft 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 Regional Sales Manager for the Mid-West region.

Regional Sales Manager, Northeast & Mid-West

Lauren (Watson) Qorlaze

Lauren Qorlaze has a Bachelor’s of Science in Marketing, Supply Chain Management, and International Studies from Indiana University Kelley School of Business. She has always had a passion for helping others, which led her to volunteer at Gleaners Food Bank during her time at college. After graduating college, Lauren worked in various sales and customer service roles and eventually started working at Gleaners Food Bank in Indianapolis, IN. As Gleaners’ Food Acquisition Manager, Lauren oversaw all product procurement including purchased product and donated product, and helped Gleaners launch its regional produce cooperative. She was responsible for managing relationships among member food banks, sourcing produce according to co-op demand, and overseeing distribution. Lauren brings to MHS her knowledge of the food banking industry to help hunger relief organizations maximize their purchasing budgets, distribute food more effectively and work toward ending hunger. Lauren is responsible for the Northeast and Mid-West regions. In her free time Lauren enjoys baking cakes, restoring vintage handbags, and traveling.

Regional Sales Manager, Southeast

Brianna (Keglovitz) Pinkston

Brianna (Keglovitz) Pinkston has a Bachelor’s of Science in Nutrition, and a minor in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Alabama. She joined McLane Global and McLane Hunger Solutions in November 2017. Prior to joining MHS, Brianna was the Programs Coordinator at the Palm Beach County Food Bank in Florida. She managed the Palm Beach County Food Bank’s weekend backpack and nutrition education programs. Her past work experiences include the non-profit sector and government funded nutrition education programs. Brianna is currently responsible for the Southeast region covering Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.

Regional Sales Manager, Southwest

MacKenzie Wilkinson

MacKenzie Wilkinson, has a Bachelor’s degree in Public Health and Nutrition from Syracuse University, paired with a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from Arizona State University. Since the first time she volunteered at a food bank, she knew she had found her passion, wanting to help those in need and assist food banks to become more efficient. Prior to joining McLane Hunger Solutions, MacKenzie was the Food Resourcing and Purchasing Developer at St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance in Phoenix, Arizona, where she oversaw the procurement of both donated and purchased food for one the largest food banks in the Feeding America network. MacKenzie brings to McLane Hunger Solutions her knowledge of the nonprofit sector, understanding of the challenges food banks face, and desire to help hunger relief organization become more efficient. MacKenzie is responsible for the Southwest Region: Arizona, Colorado, Southern California, New Mexico, Nevada, and Utah.

Logistics & Transportation

Logistics Sales Manager

Kevin Williams

Kevin brings nearly 10 years’ experience in logistics and freight to our McLane Global team. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky and was a subject matter expert in produce logistics with the largest privately owned 3PL company in the U.S. With experience in categories including produce, dry grocery and snack foods, steel, oil and gas services, frozen seafood and frozen beef, Kevin adds a wide range of talents to our team here at McLane Global Logistics.

Customer Service Manager

Kimberly Long

Kimberly Long joined McLane in 2018.  Prior to joining us, Kimberly held various roles in International Logistics for key freight forwarders in Houston area and brings years of customer service experience to the McLane Global Logistics team.

Freight Forwarding Manager

Faisal Rana

Faisal joined McLane Global in July 2019, bringing with him 15 years of logistics industry experience. Prior to joining McLane Global, Faisal worked for container lines in various roles, for Freight Forwarding industry facilitating Domestic and International Air, Ocean, and Projects shipments. Faisal has a bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain Management from University of Houston (Downtown) and is fluent in English, Hindi and Urdu.
Customer Service Associate

Vince Abella

Vince joins McLane Global as a Customer Service Associate in our Logistics division. Vince’s experience with air and ocean imports and exports, and customs brokerage, and his top-level order management and communications skills bring the best level of service to all McLane Global Logistics customers.

Project Manager, Operations

Lisabeth Loya

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. As Project Manager, Lis oversees all small parcel fulfillment, kit assembly, maintaining inventory accuracy across all companies and managing all production line projects for McLane Global’s divisions including, but not limited to, student backpack assembly for MHS and all product labeling or repacking for the International Division that are necessary for translation or for customs clearance requirements.

Distribution Manager

Richard Matto

Richard is Peruvian born, and studied High Voltage Electricity at the Technology School in 1989, accounting studies at UNSAAC University in 1991, and became a Police Officer in 1992 (trained in anti-terrorism and narco terrorism). Working in warehouses for over 18 years, Richard has spent 6 of those years of those dedicated to McLane Global, becoming the Distribution Manager in 2017. Richard is a Martial Arts practitioner and is currently training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Assistant Warehouse Manager

Otis Manning

Otis joined the Mclane Global team September of 2015. Otis has been in the warehouse industry for over 10 years working for companies such as Mercedes Benz International, HEB Distribution Center, Drake Containers, and S.P Richards just to name a few. Otis has 3 years of business management and operations under his belt.

Ryan Evans

Ryan joined McLane Global in 2018 bringing in over 4 years of logistics experience.  His history in 3PL brings expertise in negotiations and customer relations.  Ryan has a Bachelors Degree in Personal Financial Planning, a minor in Business, and is a former football player at the University of Missouri.
Warehouse Clerk

Andrea Quintero

Andrea joined the McLane team July of 2017 as Warehouse Clerk. She brings her experience with Customer Service from First Service Credit Union into her current role as a Customer Service Representative where she assists customers, warehouse staff and sales reps to ensure all products get received and shipped in a timely manner. Andrea has her AAS degree in Business Office Management.

Logistics Business Development Specialist

Kyndal Samaniego

Kyndal brings more than 5 years of dedicated business development experience to McLane Global, ensuring client needs are always met with our superior standards of service to all who partner with McLane Global. Serving domestic and international clients Kyndal can assist with a wide range of categories including produce, dry grocery and snack food, steel, pipe, oil and gas services, frozen seafood and frozen beef, project cargo, construction equipment and more.

3PL Customer Service

Elizabeth McGuire

Elizabeth brings to McLane 20 years in warehouse and manufacturing experience.   Her area of expertise is with retail customers providing inventory and quality control from production to finished goods.

Marketing & Technology

IT Manager

Ankit Kumar

Ankit brings more than 6 years of diverse experience by working as Data Analyst and ETL/BI developer to McLane Global. During these years, Ankit worked across multiple business industries like Logistic, Oil and Gas, Healthcare, e-commerce, Trading and Banking. He completed his Master in Business Analytics from University of Texas, Dallas. He started his career as Business Intelligence developer and currently working as Data Analyst/Report writer for McLane Global. During his whole career his major role has been to draw insight from data and present it before the business users.

Marketing Manager

John Reece

John Reece comes to McLane Global with over 10 years of experience in product positioning, brand management, marketing communications, and strategic marketing. John holds a BA in Spanish from the University of St. Thomas as well as an MBA in Marketing from the University of Houston. At McLane Global, some of John’s responsibilities include assisting in the development and execution of brand direction, marketing strategies, trade show booth and materials, corporate events, new product launches, packaging design, project management, and advertising campaigns. When John isn’t busy marketing, he enjoys spending time with his family, teaching jujitsu, and camping in the great outdoors.

Accounting

Accounting Specialist

Binh Nguyen

Binh is an Accounting Specialist providing broad accounting and key sales support to all divisions of McLane Global.

Accounting Specialist

Suraya Abd Kadir

Sue works at McLane Global as an Accounting Specialist supporting the Accounting Team, mostly taking care of the Accounts Receivable section. She was a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, UK (ACCA) and the Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Singapore (ICPAS) when she was completing the Accounting professional exams. Sue has several years of experience in the accounting field for various industries – Oil & Gas, Trading, Non-profit Organization and Hospitality. She speaks fluent English and Malay/Bahasa.

Accounting Specialist

Soraya Elnagar