How long have you been at Neal Brothers and what do you do here?
I am coming up to ten years in the spring. I am the sales director for all of Québec. I do a little of everything from sales, account management, brand management, marketing, consumer relations, HR, the list goes on and on.
Why do you love working for Neal Brothers?
It’s a very family oriented company, I love that. The brothers and my fellow colleagues have become family over the years, I cannot imagine working anywhere else.
Also the FOOD, I love food and working for a company that believes in ‘really tasty’ and ‘good for you’ products is where I was meant to be.
Tell us one of your favourite stories from working for Neal Brothers.
The absolute best thing has been to be able (or given the trust from Neal Brothers) to choose/ hire the most perfect individuals and build a dream team. These folks aren’t just co-workers but personal friends that get together for all kind if activities outside of working hours.
What would you say is the most adventurous thing you have ever done?
I was 19 or 20 and I didn’t have a job at the time so friends and I drove to Florida for an extended vacation. I got a job serving in a restaurant and one of the other employees asked if I wanted to make some extra money. I thought ‘of course’ and somehow got myself involved in a group called ‘battle of the sexes” where males and females would wrestle in full costume for people to bet on.
Yes, I even had a stage name ‘Natasha from Russia’. I actually had a superfan that wrote me a letter once. I might even still have the letter somewhere.
What’s your day off look like?
Spending time with my two boys, Julian and Henri. I am a full-fledged soccer mom and proud of it. I’m even thinking of joining a woman’s’ soccer league next summer. I drive a Neal Brothers branded car, wrapped in potato chip graphics but on the inside it’s just full of kid’s sports equipment.
We are a pretty active family and I love to jog and go for hikes, enjoying this country’s beautiful landscapes.
What’s your Goodness?
Every year at this time, I have my boys go through their things and pick out toys that they would like to pass along to someone who might like it. Our local fire department holds a used toy drive and the boys will take their gently used toys over to them for donation.
Personally my ‘goodness’ is doing anything I can to help my friends and community, mostly based around food…since that’s what I love most. Whenever one of my friends is sick or their kids are ill I will bring over a home cooked meal to help out. I have also done this for all my friends when they first brought home their newborns.
Where is your favourite place to wine/dine in your city and why?
Well for me it’s wherever my loved ones are. My girlfriends and I always take advantage of MTL à Table. This is like Toronto’s Winterlicious where you can take advantage of Montreal’s best restaurant for a fraction of the cost.
As for the ‘wine’ part. I will go anywhere that Freddie James Project is playing, usually at the Calistoga Grill near my house. They are a jazz/blues/R&B cover band that gets everyone up dancing.
What’s your favourite Neal Brothers product and how do you eat it?
Pink Himalayan Salt popcorn is our family’s favourite. The four of us will hit the couch with our Neal Brother’s popcorn and a classic film, like Forrest Gump – even my 4 year old loves this one.
What would be your last meal? (Don’t hold back)
My mom would have to cook, she is my favourite chef! A filet mignon with mushrooms and onions, some turnip, buttered green beans and a nice glass of merlot. Also some of my mom’s incredible apple crumble…with a scoop of ice cream of course!