2015 Press Releases and News

 
New Acquisition Will Expand JOH’s Services in HBC

 

Billerica, MA - November 6, 2015

JOH is proud to announce the acquisition of J and J Sales and Marketing, a full-service health and beauty care broker. The addition of J and J will provide new areas of expertise and broader support to JOH clients and customers in the health and beauty care categories in the Northeast and beyond.

"The HBC business is evolving and we must continue to bring more value to our clients and customers. The J and J associates have joined our team and bring their beauty care, salon, cosmetic and skin care expertise to JOH. We are thrilled to have them as we continue to expand our services and coverage," said John Saidnawey, JOH President & COO.

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Michael Reagan Joins JOH as Regional Manager of Produce and Floral

 

Billerica, MA - October 21, 2015

JOH is proud to announce that Michael Reagan has joined the company as Regional Manager of JOH Produce and Floral in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

"Mike brings expertise and 27 years of experience to JOH and provides thorough knowledge of the produce and floral business in this region," said President and COO John Saidnawey.

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New Acquisition Will Expand JOH’s Services in Specialty Market

 

Billerica, MA - October 9, 2015

JOH is proud to announce the acquisition of H&H Specialty Food Associates, a full service specialty, ethnic and natural food broker.

The addition of H&H will provide complementary resources and broader support to JOH clients and customers in the specialty, ethnic and natural food categories in the Metro New York/New Jersey and Mid-Atlantic markets.

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Kids 360 Cycle Team Takes on the 2015 Pan-Mass Challenge

 

Billerica, MA - August 28, 2015

JOH’s Kids 360 Cycle Team joined over 6,000 bicyclists in the 36th Annual Pan-Mass Challenge. The team finished the two-day, 192 mile annual bike-a-thon that crossed the Commonwealth of Massachusetts raising close to $25,000 for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

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Steve Fanion Joins JOH as Vice President

 

Billerica, MA - July 6, 2015

JOH is proud to announce that Steve Fanion will join the company as Vice President of JOH’s Ahold USA Team in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

"Steve brings a wealth of knowledge to JOH,” said President and COO John Saidnawey. “Our business will benefit greatly from his strong background in merchandising, retail operations and overall industry knowledge."

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Brian Maguire Named to Produce Business 40 Under 40!

 

Billerica, MA - June 30, 2015

Produce Business has named Brian Maguire to its top industry list of 40 Under 40.

Brian, Account Executive and Commodity Sales Manager in the Produce Division of JOH, received this honor as a result of his oustanding service and commitment to JOH produce clients and grower/packer/shipper commodity clients across all our regions.

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JOH Grand Rapids, Michigan Named Jane’s Dough Foods Broker of the Year!

 

Billerica, MA - June 25, 2015

JOH, one of the strongest regional brokers in the United States, has received Jane’s Dough Foods’ Broker of the Year award. Jane’s Dough Foods, based in Columbus, OH, produces restaurant-quality take and bake pizzas, breadsticks and dough shells.

Alan Hoover, Vice President of Jane’s Dough Foods, presented the award to Greg Reed, Regional Manager of JOH Grand Rapids, Michigan. The award is based on JOH’s unmatched execution across retailers and an increase in new product placement.

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Matt O’Hare Receives Ventura Foods 2015 Pioneer Award

 

Billerica, MA - June 10, 2015

Ventura Foods has recognized Matt O’Hare with the 2015 Pioneer Award. This award was established to recognize exceptional leadership in expanding Ventura Foods branded products in the marketplace.

“It was my privilege to present the 2015 Ventura Foods Pioneer Award to Matt O’Hare,” said Chuck Sardo, Northeast Region Manager of Ventura Foods. “Matt and the JOH team across the Northeast displayed extraordinary efforts to help grow our Dean’s branded dips into a strong market player. We are very proud of his accomplishments over such a short period of time and look forward to his continued leadership as we expand our Dean’s Dips business in the Northeast.”

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JOH Named Bozzuto’s 2015 Broker of the Year!

 

Billerica, MA - May 27, 2015

JOH, one of the strongest regional brokers in the United States, has received Bozzuto’s Broker of the Year Award. Bozzuto's Inc. is a total service wholesale distributor of food and household products to retailers in New England, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

"The JOH account team was presented this award because of their dedication, strong performance and overall support of independent retailers," said Steve Heggelke, Bozzuto’s Inc. EVP, Merchandising.

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JOH to Open Chicago, Illinois Office

 

Billerica, MA - May 8, 2015

JOH is proud to announce the opening of JOH Chicago. Our Chicago team will be led by George David Crosby, III. Dave has a strong background in the CPG industry with over 29 years of experience.

“It is an exciting time for JOH as we build our business in this dynamic market and continue to expand our geographical coverage,” said President and COO John Saidnawey. “Our business is evolving and we must continue to meet the needs of our clients and customers. We are thrilled that Dave will bring his industry knowledge, work ethic and experience to JOH.”

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Congratulations Kathy Ferguson on Receiving
Progressive Grocer’s 2015 Top Women in Grocery Award!

 

Billerica, MA - May 7, 2015

Progressive Grocer has presented Kathy Ferguson with the 2015 Top Women in Grocery award.

Kathy, VP Specialty Division of JOH, received this honor as a result of her commitment to her clients and customers, as well as her efforts with various trade organizations: Kosher Food Distributors Association, Massachusetts Food Association, National Association for the Specialty Food Trade and Network of Executive Women New England Chapter (NEW).

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Matt O’Hare Promoted to SVP of Corporate Development

 

Billerica, MA - April 2015

Matt O’Hare has been promoted to SVP of Corporate Development. In this new role Matt will be reporting to the President and COO. His primary responsibilities include JOH Corporate Business Development with an emphasis on building new business, mergers and acquisitions, as well as Information Systems and Technology. This change will support JOH’s mission of continuously delivering excellence in value-added results.

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Tyler Donahue Joins JOH as Account Executive

 

Billerica, MA - March 2015

JOH recently announced that Tyler Donahue has joined the company as an Account Executive in the Billerica office.

Tyler has over three years of experience in the natural foods industry. His most recent position was at UNFI where he honed his skills in the purchasing and marketing departments.

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Doug Parker Joins JOH as Account Executive

 

Billerica, MA - January 2015

JOH recently announced that Doug Parker has joined the company as Account Executive in the Metro NY/NJ office.

Doug has over 30 years of experience in the CPG industry. His most recent position was at French’s Food Company where he was the National Sales Director for Retail. Doug has held a National Sales Director role for the past 14 years managing Reckitt Benckiser food products across grocery and non-food channels.

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Jerry Larsson Honored with the 2014 Harry O’Hare Award

 

Billerica, MA - January 2015

JOH is proud to announce that Jerry Larsson has been awarded the prestigious Harry O'Hare Award for 2014.

The honor is presented to the person who most personifies the values and qualities that marked the life and career of Harry O’Hare. Hard work, integrity, passion, a positive attitude and team spirit are all part of Mr. O’Hare’s personal and professional legacy.

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Marilynn Rera Joins JOH as Senior Account Business Manager

 

Billerica, MA - January 2015

JOH recently announced that Marilynn Rera has joined the company as Senior Account Business Manager in the Upstate New York office.

Marilynn has over 28 years of experience in the food business. Her most recent position was at Advantage where she managed the Unilever business. Marilynn has a strong grocery background representing American Home Food Products and Best Foods for over 16 years. Specialty Foods have also been a large part of Marilynn’s career, as she spent eight years at Cavallaro Foods managing various specialty and ethnic food clients and customers.

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