December 12, 2012

Robert Schnurr

Robert Schnurr is the Executive Director of Commodities & Services. In this capacity he is responsible for developing and implementing the SMS commodity management strategy, as well as for overseeing the equipment and ancillary services programs. He assume this position in May, 2013 after serving as the Vice President of Procurement  from April 2007, where he oversaw all food and packaging procurement. To this, he served as the Vice President of Distribution since  he joined SMS in 2006

Robert has over 30 years of food service experience. Prior to joining Supply Management Services he was the Vice President of Procurement at Blimpie International inc. From 1984 to 2006 he served in various positions, including Operations Director, VP of Product Development and Assistant VP of Research and Development at Blimpie International. During this time he also served as an Officer on the Blimpie Board for over 6 years.

Prior to joining Blimpie International Robert was employed as a Chef at several New York City restaurants. From 1986 -1990 he was Executive Chef and General Manager for the Border Café restaurants in New York City.

Robert graduated the New York Restaurant School in 1984 with Honors. During his tenure at Blimpie International he received the Employee of the Year “Extra Slice “award in 1991, and was awarded the Chairman’s award for Excellence in 1997. Robert served as President of the Mid Queens Boys Club for 5 years while living in NY, providing 1,500 families in the area with recreational sports programs and a Teen Club center.

December 11, 2012

Kent Kronauge

Kent has over 22 years of experience in the poultry industry, having trained in the plant and moved—into sales. He held several sales and management positions where he was given increasing levels of responsibility, ending as director of sales. In that role he supervised 22 people and was responsible for the sales of 7 processing plants and two distribution centers. He oversaw sales of 28,000,000 pounds of poultry a week from those facilities. He graduated from the University of West Georgia with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing. Kent continued to receive training with several specialized negotiation and time management classes. Kent was selected as Golden Poultry’s employee of the year in 1992 and he received several “Work Horse” awards for both Golden Poultry and Gold Kist.

Kent decided to switch from selling to procurement in 2008. He wanted new responsibility and thought he could bring value since he understands how poultry processors think. Kent’s business philosophy is to build relationships and treat people fairly and honestly. He believes that business roles may put you in situations where you are after different results, but as long as you are true to yourself and your work you can keep the respect and trust of your business partners.

Kent has been happily married for 27 years. He attributes a lot of his success to the support of his wife Kim. He loves spending time with his family, and enjoys several sports and most outdoor activities.