How long have you been at Neal Brothers and what do you do here?
13 years this October and I am the VP/GM of Operations.
And what does that mean exactly?
Well I do many things from accounts receivable and inventory flow to logistics and warehouse manager but am also a general manager to most of the staff in the office. I wear many hats
Why do you love working for Neal Brothers?
For the most part, I love the people I work with. In my opinion, that’s the most important thing. Surround yourself with good people and it will never feel like work.
My family owned an IGA in King City so I grew up in the grocery world.
I just love working in the food industry and seeing the new inventive products hitting the shelves.
Any other reasons?
I prefer working for a family run business than a publically traded company for many different reasons. The main one being that we can address problems right away and make changes quickly.
Most importantly, Peter and Chris Neal create a real team atmosphere. It feels like working with family.
Outside of work, what would you say was something that lead you to where you are now?
I coached hockey for years. Mostly Peewee (13-14 year olds). When I was coaching they made some significant changes to the rep leagues in Ontario. Zone triple A was formed which brought the best of certain areas onto one team. You have to remember that these were kids that were used to playing against each other and were now forced to play on the same team.
It really tested my leadership skills but we came together and managed to win the OMHA championships, and a few other major tournaments.
It’s very cool to look back on. I was only 23 when I was coaching and now these kids have all grown up. Some ended up playing professionally and some just went on to have amazing careers both in and out of sports.
It really did set me up to becoming more of a leader inside and outside my career.
What’s your day off look like?
Sleep! Haha. No, really it is mostly spending time with girlfriend Joanna and my 4 kids. I also love to mountain bike and play tennis when I get a chance.
One of my favourite things to do is explore Ontario’s small towns and try to find the best restaurants, festivals and trails that this province has to offer.
What’s your Goodness?
I always support cancer research fundraisers both local and national. Like many of us, we have had too many close relatives affected by the disease.
My kids are heavily involved in Relay for Life and I try to support as much as I can.
I still try to stay involved with local sports.
Where is your favourite place to wine/dine in your city and why?
There are so many it’s hard to choose.
We love the Peter Cellar’s Pub at the Mono Cliff Inn, it’s this cozy and intimate place in the middle of nowhere. The food is amazing.
We also love McCarty’s and Land and Fire in Caledon.
It’s so fun to discover these places tucked inside our small towns.
What’s your favourite Neal Brothers product and how do you eat it?
I would have to say corn salsa and blue corn tortillas with flax. I will never pass up a good nacho plate!
What would be your last meal? (Don’t hold back)
A huge steak with a side of back ribs, throw on a shrimp skewer or two. Wash that down with a cold import lager or local craft beer and finish off with a slice of chocolate cake a la mode (make it chocolate).