Food and Beverage

Yves Charbonneau

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Company: Agropur Dairy Cooperative

Title: Vice President of Sales

Location: Longueuil, QC Canada

For an impressive three decades, Mr. Charbonneau has channeled his ambition and drive into his field, especially for the last 11 years as vice president of sales for Agropur Dairy Cooperative, which provides dairy products and industry services. During the course of his daily duties, he manages a sales team, oversees six direct reports, and develops strategies. He became involved in his current position because he always wanted to take on more responsibilities within the industry. An amazing example of skill in his profession, Mr. Charbonneau outshines others due to a combination of his prior industry experiences and his educational background, which includes an MBA from Universite de Sherbrooke. During his spare time, he loves to golf, as well as give back to the community through Institut Pacifique, where he is the president of fundraising. Within the next five years, Mr. Charbonneau intends to serve in a general management role.

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Walter van Ditmars

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Title: Director

Company: Van Ditmars Wijnkoperij

Location: Doesburg, Netherlands

Mr. van Ditmars has 26 years of professional experience, with 16 years as the Director of Van Ditmars Wijnkoperij. Each day, he is responsible for importing wines, mainly French wines, and managing the company. He regularly travels to winemakers and observes their operations, ensuring that only the best wines are sold. Mr. van Ditmars sells wine to individual consumers and restaurants through wine tastings and the Internet. He has a wineshop and wine vault in the city of Doesburg (Netherlands) in a historic building (called “Het Arsenaal”) dating back to 1309.
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Avis Brownlee

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Avis BrownleeTitle: President

Company: Brownlee’s Metro

Location: Perth, Ontario, Canada

Avis Brownlee has 38 years of professional experience, with 25 years as the president of Brownlee’s Metro. On a daily basis, she is responsible for interacting with customers and ensuring that everything runs smoothly. She maintains a friendly feeling in this family-oriented store. Brownlee’s Metro is a retail grocery and variety store that provides grocery items, including meats, bakery, produce and deli items. Read the rest of this entry »

Michael Govender

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Title: Director

Company: AGT Food and Ingredients

Location: Regin, SK, Canada

Michael Govender has 31 years of overall experience, with four years as the director of quality assurance and food safety of AGT Food and Ingredients.  As an expert in food safety and quality assurance, he is responsible for traveling to 30 factories throughout Canada, the U.S., Turkey, Australia, China and South Africa. Mr. Govender is engaged in building a well-known brand worldwide, as well as ensuring food safety and overseeing daily operations. Read the rest of this entry »

Burgess G. Newsom, Jr.

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Burgess Newsom 1808161Title: Certified Food and Beverage Executive

Company: Taylors International Services

Location: Iraq

Burgess G. Newsom, Jr. is a certified food and beverage executive for Taylors International Services, a catering provider for large operations that develops food and beverage teams. Mr. Newsom began his career serving the food, then making it and then he became manager. Over the course of his 26-year career, Mr. Newsom held a variety of positions that have assisted him in his role at Taylors International Services. Read the rest of this entry »