2017 Press Releases and News

 
New Acquisition Will Expand JOH’s Services in the Midwest

 

Billerica, MA - October 16, 2017

JOH, one of the strongest regional brokers in America, is proud to announce the acquisition of Hansen-Stahl Sales & Marketing (H&S), a full-service health and beauty care broker with headquarters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The addition of H&S will provide new areas of expertise and broader support to JOH clients and customers in the Health, Beauty Care and GM categories in the Midwest including Walgreens, ULTA Beauty, Meijer and many more.

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JOH Welcomes Paula Colatriano

 

Billerica, MA - October 13, 2017

JOH, one of the strongest regional brokers in America, is proud to announce that Paula Colatriano has joined the Metro NY/NJ team as an Account Executive. She will be reporting to Gary Rosenthal, EVP, General Manager, Metro NY/NJ.

Paula joins JOH with many years of experience and has worked on various client accounts, including: Barney Butter, Blueprint, Celestial Seasonings, Daiya, Soy Vay and Van’s. She has called on Acme, Ahold, Delhaize, Bozzuto’s, Demoulas Market Basket, Fresh Direct, Harris Teeter, Safeway, Shaw’s, Wakefern and Wegmans.

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JOH’s Kids 360 Team Raises Money and Rides in the Pan-Mass Challenge

 

Billerica, MA - August 30, 2017

JOH’s Kids 360 Cycle Team joined over 6,000 bicyclists in the 38th Annual Pan-Mass Challenge. The team finished the two-day, 192-mile annual charity bike ride that crossed the Commonwealth of Massachusetts raising over $40,000 for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI). Since 2011, the team has raised over $220,000 for DFCI.

"We are so proud of the outpouring of support we received while raising money for this great cause," said John Saidnawey, JOH Chairman & CEO. "Next year, we want to welcome additional industry friends to ride on our Kids 360 team and help us raise more money for life-saving cancer research and treatment at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute!"

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JOH Announces Significant Leadership Changes

 

Billerica, MA - August 22, 2017

JOH, one of the strongest regional brokers in America, is proud to announce a significant reorganization of its corporate leadership. This changing of the guard has only occurred on one other occasion in the 61 year history of JOH and is part of a well-planned succession strategy.

Effective September 1st, John Saidnawey will be promoted to Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. In addition, Matt O’Hare will become President and Chief Operating Officer. Chip O’Hare will take on Chairman Emeritus status.

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JOH Welcomes Kim Baldasaro

 

Billerica, MA - August 18, 2017

JOH, one of the strongest regional brokers in America, is proud to announce that Kim Baldasaro has joined the Specialty/Natural division as an Account Executive and Headquarter Sales Representative in the Baltimore, Maryland market. She will be responsible for managing the following customers: Avenue Gourmet, DPI, EMD, Mom’s, Safeway, Whole Foods and Yes. She will be reporting to Art Papazian, EVP Specialty/Ethnic/Natural.

Kim joins JOH with many years of experience at C&S Wholesale Grocers, Burris Logistics and UNFI. She has spent the last six years with Presence Marketing handling a variety of sales positions and responsibilities.

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JOH Welcomes Donald Bruneau as Account Manager

 

Billerica, MA - April 13, 2017

JOH is proud to announce that Donald “Don” Bruneau has joined JOH as an Account Manager.

He will be joining JOH’s strong headquarter sales team at BJ’s Wholesale Club reporting to Gerry Castignetti, EVP, Sales Manager, Grocery/Frozen/Dairy Division.

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JOH Honored with Rich’s Broker of the Year Award

 

Billerica, MA - April 6, 2017

Walter Hogan, JOH Mid-Atlantic, received the 2016 Consumer Brands Division Broker of the Year Award from Rich's Products while attending a 70’s-themed industry event in Beaver Creek, Colorado.

"I was completely surprised and humbled to receive the award," said Walter, who has increased top-line sales for Rich's by 236% since 2014.

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JOH Welcomes Steve McKenna to the Specialty Team

 

Billerica, MA - March 15, 2017

JOH is proud to announce that Steve McKenna has joined JOH as an Account Manager in the Metro NY/NJ office.

"Steve brings over 20 years of natural and specialty industry knowledge to JOH," said Art Papazian, EVP, Specialty. "We are excited to have him join our team as we continue to grow in the Metro NY/NJ region."

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JOH Welcomes Gary Diomede as Account Executive in Grocery/Frozen/Dairy Division

 

Billerica, MA - February 28, 2017

JOH is proud to announce that Gary Diomede has joined JOH as an Account Executive in the Billerica office.

Gary joins JOH with experience from Advantage Solutions, Island Oasis Frozen Beverage Co., Eastern Sales and Marketing and Hershey Foods. He has worked with various customers: CVS Heath, Publix, Ahold-Delhaize, Kroger and Supervalu.

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JOH Welcomes Thomas Cullen as Account Executive in Grocery/Frozen/Dairy Division

 

Billerica, MA - February 24, 2017

JOH is proud to announce that Thomas Cullen has joined JOH as an Account Executive in the Billerica office.

“We are gaining a great associate with strong expertise across the entire store,” said Gerry Castignetti, EVP, Sales Manager, Grocery/Frozen/Dairy. “We are excited to have Thomas join our team as our division continues to grow.”

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JOH Honored with Mezzetta Display Domination Award

 

Billerica, MA - February 17, 2017

JOH is honored to receive Mezzetta’s “Display Domination” Award. The award was presented to the JOH team at the Fancy Foods Show, held in San Francisco in January.

"Congratulations to the JOH team," said Joe Polivka, Mezzetta’s Retail Manager. "This award is well-deserved and it’s just the beginning."

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Bruce Sugden Honored with the 2016 Harry O’Hare Award

 

Billerica, MA - February 13, 2017

JOH is honored to present the prestigious Harry O’Hare Award to Bruce Sugden, Vice President of JOH’s Mid-Atlantic division, for 2016.

The award is presented to the person who most personifies the qualities and values that match those of the life and career of Harry O’Hare. Mr. O’Hare’s personal and professional legacies are filled with hard work, integrity, passion, a positive attitude and team spirit.

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JOH Welcomes Bryan Sheridan to the Metro NY/NJ Office

 

Billerica, MA - February 13, 2017

JOH is proud to announce that Bryan Sheridan has joined the JOH Metro New York/New Jersey office as an Account Manager.

Bryan joins JOH with experience from Acosta Sales and Marketing, Grimmway Farms Enterprises and Mondelez International. He has worked with various customers: Ahold (Stop & Shop), Bed Bath & Beyond, Best Markets, Haddon House Distributors, Key Foods, King Kullen, King’s, Wakefern and Whole Foods Mid-Atlantic.

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JOH Welcomes Stu Siberski to the Mid-Atlantic Team

 

Billerica, MA - Januray 31, 2017

JOH is proud to announce that Stu Siberski has joined the company in a dual role as an Account Manager and Account Executive in the Mid-Atlantic Division.

"I am pleased Stu is coming aboard as our Mid-Atlantic business continues to grow," said President and COO John Saidnawey. "He brings prowess and 30 years of experience to JOH and provides thorough knowledge of the region."

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JOH to Open Minneapolis Office

 

Billerica, MA - Januray 18, 2017

JOH is proud to announce the opening of JOH Minneapolis. The JOH Minneapolis team will be led by Dan Pavel.

Dan comes to JOH from BBX Sweet Holdings where he was the Director of Sales. He has years of brokerage and account management experience working with Target, Walgreens, Supervalu and Nash Finch. JOH Minneapolis will have a fully staffed team including account executives across all departments, category management, marketing, financial management, retail merchandising and customer service. Dan will report to Greg Reed, Director JOH Great Lakes Region.

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JOH Welcomes Bill Lehman to the Pittsburgh/Cleveland Team

 

Billerica, MA - Januray 17, 2017

JOH is proud to announce that Bill Lehman has joined the company as a Headquarter Sales Manager for Giant Eagle in the Pittsburgh/Cleveland Division.

“We are gaining a great associate with eight years of expertise across the entire store,” said Bob Willson, Business Manager, JOH Pittsburgh/Cleveland. “We are excited to have Bill join our team as our division continues to grow.”

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