Leadership

Mike Roach, President, Ben E. Keith Foods

Mike joined Ben E. Keith Company in 1980. He served in several capacities before being named Vice President of Sales and Marketing in 1983. Mike served as Senior Vice President of Operations from 1986, until he was named President in July 1998. He is also Executive Vice President of the parent Ben E. Keith Company.

Ron Boyd, Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing

Ron began his career with Ben E. Keith as the Assistant Manager of the Dallas Division in 1981. He has held several positions before becoming Senior Vice President of Sales. Ron is a guiding force in the company’s sales initiatives and a strong advocate of on-line training and technology advancements for the sales force. In July 2008, Ron acquired marketing to his title where he will be instrumental in the guidance of the Marketing Department.

Keith Pittman, Senior Vice President Branch Management

Keith joined Ben E. Keith in 1970, after graduating from Texas Christian University. During his tenure, he has held positions in Sales, Purchasing, Operations and was General Manager at two of our distribution centers.

Keith now holds the title of Senior Vice President of Operations and Branch Management where he is responsible for operations of all six of our distribution centers and the direct management and profitability of three of the distribution centers.

Andy McCaskill, Senior Vice President of Purchasing

Andy, a Texas Tech graduate, began his career in the Dallas Division of Ben E. Keith in 1982, working in the Purchasing Department. In 1984, he was transferred to the General Office to head up all Grocery and Disposable Purchasing for the company and has since been named Vice President of Purchasing for Grocery, Non-Food and Equipment and Supplies. In July 2008, Andy was named the Vice President of Purchasing where he will now oversee purchasing decisions for all categories. As of January 2011, he holds the title of Sr. Vice President of Purchasing

Jim Stone, Vice President of Information Services

Jim joined Ben E. Keith Company in 1994, as the Director of Information Services, with 17 years of experience in food service distribution. He was named Vice President of Information Services in 1999 and is responsible for the centralized computing environment in which all divisions, sales offices and truck depots are linked to via a high-speed, wide-area network. Jim oversees the creation and maintenance of programming software utilized in every aspect of the company.

Elliott Stephenson, Vice President of Human Resources

Elliott Stephenson joined General Office as the Director of Organizational and Employee Development in 2005. He came to Ben E. Keith Company with over twenty-five years of management and consulting experience and holds three very distinguished degrees. Elliott is responsible for all non-sales employee training as well as development of our team members to prepare them for senior roles in the future. In 2007, Elliott was named Senior Director of Human Resources. He was named Vice President of Human Resources for the Food Division in 2011.

David Werner, Director of Marketing

David joined Ben E. Keith as a sales trainee in 1988. Over the next 14 years, he had served in the Oklahoma Division as a District Sales Rep, District Sales Manager, Purchasing Manager and an Assistant General Manager.

When Ben E. Keith Foods decided to implement on-line education for our sales force, David was asked to develop and lead the program, where he made programs such as KEITHiQ, a valuable training tool.
With the retirement of Floyd Warner, one of Ben E. Keith’s icons, David was named the Director of Produce & Dairy and Sales Training. In July of 2009, David transitioned into his new role as Director of Marketing.

Bill Sewell, Director of Produce & Dairy

Bill, a graduate of Texas Tech University, began his foodservice career in 1972. He joined Ben E. Keith in 1984, and during his tenure has served as the General Manager of the company’s redistribution warehouse, Keith Central Distribution (KCD), for sixteen years and held the title of Director of Marketing. In July of 2009, Bill was named the Director of Produce & Dairy.

Chris Lewis, Senior National Accounts Manager

Chris joined Ben E. Keith in 1992, in the Fort Worth Division. He has held positions in Sales, Purchasing, and as a Product Category Specialist. In 1996, Chris was moved into the General Office as a National Accounts Manager and in 2000, was named Senior National Accounts Manager.

John Johnson, Vice President of Business Services

John joined the Ben E. Keith family in 1982, as Office\Credit Manager for the Fort Worth Food Division. After eleven years, John transferred to Corporate finance as “Accounting Manager” before joining the General Office team as Administrative Manager for the Food Division. His twenty-eight years of service has allowed him to become deeply involved in all aspects of how a successful company operates. John believes that the quality of business services can be achieved by continuously investing in people and technology.