2014 Press Releases and News

Growth Spurs New Associate Hires


Billerica, MA - December 2014

JOH is excited to announce the recent additions to the team. The following associates will help fuel the continued success of the company.

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JOH’s Linda Gilroy Named Ventura Foods' 2014 Broker of the Year!


Billerica, MA - November 2014

Linda Gilroy, JOH Account Executive, received the award for Mid-Atlantic Produce Broker of the Year for her work with Ventura Foods. Gilroy was honored with this outstanding award for her devotion, leadership and personal commitment to JOH and Ventura Foods brands.

The criteria for winning Broker of the Year include:

  • Greatest % attainment of budget
  • Greatest % exceeding prior year
  • New item acceptance and execution
  • Administrative excellence
  • Retail merchandising excellence

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JOH Named Mariani’s Broker of the Year, Northeast Region


Billerica, MA - October 2014

JOH has been named 2014 Broker of the Year for the Northeast Region by Mariani Packing Company, Premium Dried Fruits and Snacks.

The team in New England, led by EVP Tom Casey with Account Executive June Gramstorff, was recognized with this significant award when Mariani sales in the northeast noticeably increased over the past year. “We are honored that the dedicated and talented associates of JOH are being recognized for consistently exceeding the expectations of our clients,” said John Saidnawey, President and COO.

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JOH’s 2nd Annual Kids 360 Charity Event


Billerica, MA - October 2014

JOH recently hosted their second annual Kids 360 charity event which proved to be a great success.

JOH clients and customers were invited this year to attend the event in order to help raise money and awareness for children in need. The attendees participated in the golf event and enjoyed a festive dinner. Contest prizes were awarded in the form of donations to children’s charities of the winners’ choice. The event raised over $135,000, with the proceeds donated to various children’s charities.

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Kids 360 Cycle Team Takes on the 2014 Pan Mass Challenge


Billerica, MA - August 25, 2014

This year’s Pan Mass Challenge was a journey of physical, mental and emotional strength. In its inaugural year, JOH’s Kids 360 Cycle Team finished the 192 mile annual bike-a-thon that crossed the Commonwealth of Massachusetts raising close to $50,000 for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. This team experienced one powerfully inspiring weekend.

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Congratulations John Blaisdell on Receiving a Sun ROW Award!


Billerica, MA - August 25, 2014

John Blaisdell was one of 11 recipients of the Sun ROW Award, announced at the 2015 Sun Products Corporation Sales & Marketing Meeting in July. The meeting recognized three teams with one Sun ROW Award for breakthrough business success.

Blaisdell, and the three other members of the CVS team, were recognized for outstanding progress in building the ‘all, Snuggle and retailer brands’ businesses in the past two years at CVS. New distribution, strong merchandising and an improved shelf presence have led to increased revenue and shares over the past five years.

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Congratulations Leslie Chaet on Winning the 2013 Outstanding Administrator Award!


Billerica, MA - August 25, 2014

Leslie Chaet recently received the 2013 Outstanding Administrator Award for her work with De Wafelbakkers, a national pancake and waffle bakery.

Chaet, a JOH deductions analyst, received this exceptional award for her dedication to De Wafelbakkers. "We are pleased that Leslie’s years of hard work have been recognized and rewarded by De Wafelbakkers and The Ram Group. Leslie embodies the values of JOH and we are proud to have her as a JOH’er," said John Saidnawey, President and COO.

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Congratulations Ryan Tierney on Receiving
the RB Household Division Account Executive of the Year Award!


Billerica, MA - July 10, 2014

RB Household Division has awarded Ryan Tierney of JOH the Account Executive of the Year Award.

Tierney, a JOH Account Executive in our Grocery Division, received the award-of-excellence as a result of his work as Team Leader of the RB business. His ability to seamlessly manage expectations, make significant improvements to operations and increase RB sales in the Northeast are just a few of the accomplishments that made Tierney stand out from the other nominees.

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Congratulations Laura on Becoming a Hall of Famer!


Billerica, MA - June 10, 2014

It was recently announced that Laura George, our Director of Human Resources, will be inducted into the University of Massachusetts Boston Athletics Hall of Fame! Laura graduated in 1983 and played on both the softball and volleyball teams. She is being recognized for her skill and dedication to both teams and to UMB Athletics.

Laura’s highlights include an 11-game winning streak in volleyball and pitching for both the lowest single season and career ERA (2.13 and 2.36 respectively) in school history!

Laura will be honored and inducted into the Hall of Fame on Thursday, October 9, 2014 at the Catherine Forbes Clark Convocation and Recreation Center.

We are so excited to have such a talented individual on our team!

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JOH Named 2013 Spotlight Brand Broker of the Year


Billerica, MA - February 19, 2014

Spotlight Brands has recognized JOH Specialty as the 2013 Broker of the Year.

The award was given to Art Papazian, JOH Executive Vice President of Specialty, at the 2013 International Specialty Food Show. This great award was given to JOH for their work on Rachel Ray stocks and Cirio imported tomatoes. JOH has provided these brands with incredible dedication, an increase in volume and percentage volume, new item placements and overall strong performance.

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JOH Expands JOH Natural Team


Billerica, MA - January 27, 2014

JOH is proud to announce the expansion of JOH Natural with the hiring of Kristina Campbell. JOH Natural focuses solely on the Natural and Organic industry and is part of JOH Specialty which was launched in 1997.

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Theresa Lowden Receives First Annual EPC Woman of Distinction Award


Billerica, MA - January 7, 2014

In 2013, the Eastern Produce Council (EPC) established a Women’s Leadership Committee. The Women’s Leadership Committee will be comprised of a board of women who work to provide the EPC members with multiple networking opportunities in the produce industry and to advance the sales and awareness of the industry.

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