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Our Leadership team is comprised of individuals bringing a wealth of industry knowledge to Five Star Food Service. Our top priority is maintaining a customer-focused company culture and be recognized as one of the nation’s top vending, micro-market, office coffee and foodservice companies.
Richard Kennedy - President & Chief Executive Officer
Kennedy comes to Five Star from a Charlotte-based boutique corporate strategy and operations consulting firm where he served as a Director. He brings 20 years’ experience to the company and played a role in Five Star’s success over the last decade via consultancy which resulted in the transition to becoming a Canteen franchise. Kennedy will focus on the company’s operational execution and maximize opportunities for excellence.
Alan Recher - Executive Chairman
Alan Recher joined Five Star as Chief Operating Officer in 2005, before taking the reins as CEO in 2008 and currently is in the role of an executive chairman. He has 31 years of industry experience and was named Operator of the Year from NAMA in 2015. Prior to joining Five Star, Alan served as Vice President of Aramark Refreshment Services. He is a graduate of Northern Michigan University.
Mike McLean - Chief Financial Officer
Mike joined Five Star in 2017 as the Corporate Controller and was promoted to Chief Financial Officer in August 2018. He has 22 years of financial and accounting experience, including almost 12 years as Chief Accounting Officer, Vice President and Corporate Controller for Forward Air Corporation, a publicly traded expedited logistics company based in Tennessee. Prior to his time at Forward Air, Mike worked in financial reporting and analysis with various businesses including Caterpillar Financial Services and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Mike earned his master’s and bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Tennessee and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Greg McCall - Chief Revenue Officer
In a career spanning 24 years, Greg McCall has shared his winning sales and marketing skills with such powerhouse global brands as the Sara Lee Corp., The Coca Cola Company, Nestle Purina Company and Campbell Soup Company. Greg joined Five Star in 2011 to lead the company’s sales and marketing initiatives and is now the Chief Revenue Officer. He is a proud alum of the University of Oregon with a degree in Economics and also holds a M.B.A. from the University of Portland.
Pat Barger - Vice President, Sales
Pat joined Five Star in early 2014 after having spent the past 30+ years with ARAMARK Refreshment Services. His experience includes roles in managing food and vending service operations, mentoring regional sales teams and supporting national account business. These past roles provide him with a unique perspective of our industry. In his new position Pat will be supporting our sales professionals in the development of customized refreshment solutions for our clients. Pat is a graduate of James Madison University.
Mark Stephanos - Senior Vice President, Micro-Markets
Mark joined Five Star in 2003 as the Vice President/General Manager for the Kinston, NC and Nashville, TN divisions. With over 40 years of successful industry experience in dining, vending, office coffee and micro markets, Mark specializes in providing the very best in service to our customers. Mark joined the corporate office staff in 2012 and leads the company’s Micro-Market and Hotel Pantry lines of business.
Mike Laurer - Vice President, Office Coffee
Mike joined Five Star in early 2014 after 34 years at ARAMARK Refreshments and has extensive experience in Office Coffee, Vending and Micro Markets. Mike Always on the lookout for new products and equipment and has a team focused management style. Mike is the current President of TAMA, which is our industry’s state trade association. He has been a NAMA Certified Executive for over 5 years (NCE5).
Charly Caldwell - Vice President, Dining Services
Charly comes to Five Star with over 35 years experience in food service management. Early years with a culinary degree learning the details of dining business, then Dining Manager / Trainer and finance with Restaura Dining. The past 20 years have been as a Finance Director with Aramark overseeing the Southeast. His expertise as an operator gives him the knowledge and tools to strengthen management’s ability to grow and control their business.
Peggy Russell - Vice President, Human Resources
As the Vice President of Human Resources, Peggy Russell has proven her value every day since joining the Five Star Team in 2007. Peggy has worked for over two decades in human resources and operations, and holds a bachelor of science and a masters in business administration from Kansas State University.
Rob Spence - Vice President, Information Technology
Rob Spence joined the Five Star team in 2017 and brings 22 years of IT experience, including 5 years serving as Vice President of Information Technology. Prior to Five Star, Rob worked in the IT field in different industries such as Insurance, Finance, and Telecommunications. Rob is known for building IT teams, developing positive relationships and service, along with designing and implementing IT solutions for the company.
Landon Martin - Director of Risk Management
Given his reputation from his time spent as a Safety/Human Resources Manager and Occupational Safety Specialist, Landon Martin was the ideal choice for Director of Risk Management, when he joined Five Star in 2012. He has a bachelor of science from Embry Riddle University. Please Contact Landon Martin regarding any personnel, vehicle, and facility safety inquiries at 423-643-2607.
Buddy Duke - West Regional Vice President
Buddy has held his current position at Five Star since 2008, and comes to Five Star with decades of combined experience with industry giants Coca Cola and Service America. Over the years, Buddy has developed exceptional client skills, which also serve him well as an operations management specialist, and mentor to the entire staff.
Tammy Stokes - Central Regional Vice President
Tammy returns to Five Star after 5 years with Canteen Corporate heading the Southeast Division Office Coffee and Pantry line of business. Her 28+ years of experience in the food and beverage industry with companies such as Pepsico, Sysco, and Compass Group North America provides a great amount of diversity for the Central Region team. Tammy specializes in cultivating dynamic leaders to impact our customer experience at the highest level. She will be supporting the vending, micro markets, office coffee and dining throughout the central region. Tammy studied Communications and Education at the University of Louisville.
Scott Hale - South Regional Vice President
Scott joined Five Star in 2001 after 20 years of operations and sales within the Textile Industry. He served as Five Star’s Sales Director in the Southern Region for 13 years and transitioned into VP/GM role over Lagrange and Columbus in 2014. He was promoted to Vice President of Southern Region in July 2018. Scott is a Graduate of Auburn University.
C. J. Recher - Vice President, Marketing
C. J. Recher brings a decade of sales and marketing experience to the team, which he joined in 2014 after stops in NASCAR, Minor League Baseball, and college athletics at his alma mater. He leads our all-star marketing team and is very active in the industry and the community! C. J. is Vice President of TAMA, a Board member of SEVA, Co-Founder and Board Member of Feeding the Future, Past-Chair of the NAMA Emerging Leaders Network, and Past-Chair of UTC GOLD Council. He is a proud alum and supporter of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where he earned his Bachelor’s in Sports Business and a Master’s in Business Administration. Recher is also a graduate of NAMA’s Executive Development Program at Michigan State University. While not at work, you can catch him out running or on the golf course! He lives in Hixson with his wife and two daughters.