Meet the Staff
Jonathan, who annoyingly prefers to be called Jonathan and not Jon or Jonny, and certainly not Mr. Davis, is the co-owner and President, whose chief function is R&D and product development. He’s the guy with the bright ideas, who hangs around in the lab at odd hours working on new projects. He is a self-taught flavor chemist with degrees in Food Science and Nutrition, and lots of experience in Australia and the US working for companies such as H.J. Heinz, Quaker Oats, McCain etc. If you need a product developed or matched, or you’re looking for some new product ideas or reformulation, Jonathan is your guy.
Nicole Charron is our QA Manager and resident HACCP expert. She has been spent most of 2011 getting us ready for SQF certification so that we can meet the requirements of the Global Food Safety Initiative. Nicole is a true local girl who survived Paw Paw High School and went to Western Michigan for a degree in Biology. Probably nobody, especially including her school counselor, envisioned her in this kind of career and doing it so well – but we’re very pleased to have her with us!
Tom Manion is our Director of Sales, who works from an office in Elmhurst, IL, which is close to home. It’s also a lot easier to travel almost anywhere from Chicago than from Paw Paw. Tom has been with the company from its inception and is tireless in providing customer service and follow-up. Nobody ever accused Tom of being a technical guy, but then that’s what our technical staff is for, and Tom will track us down if you need us regardless of time and location – and whether we like it or not.
Abbey Kooyers is the most cheerful member of our staff, so logically she handles order processing, customer service and contracting and ordering of ingredients. She also has a growing role in accounting, which was her college major. Abbey grew up in Western Michigan and loves being outdoors, especially in summer – but she seems pretty cheerful in winter too, which is better than the rest of us can manage.
Ross Benjamin sells products for us from his home-office in Venice, FL. He started with a degree in chemistry and has over forty-five years of experience in the Florida citrus and allied juice concentrate industries, with positions from quality control to production, sales, marketing and senior management. Provides GLCC Co. with technical sales and marketing support with a current focus on sales of GLCC’s dry drink powders and flavors in the US, Caribbean, Central America and East Africa.
Matt Benjamin sells products for us too. He is a graduate of Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota. He previously lived and worked in Pakistan and Egypt as a teacher, among other interesting stops in various parts of the US. Matthew is a commercial pilot and enjoys traveling with his family. It’s just as well they enjoy traveling with him too!