Foodservice Equipment & Supplies

MAY 2017

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40 • FOODSERVICE EQUIPMENT & SUPPLIES • MAY 2017 MANAGEMENT MATTERS In building the dealer's leadership team, Brad and Jerry Lan- caster have aligned themselves with two individuals — David Hammersley, vice president of sales, and Brad Zabel, vice president-project management/construction — that not only share their appetite for hard work and customer service but also have a strong background in the foodservice industry. Their other business leaders, Jeremy Lewis, executive vice president for JLA Equipment Distribution, and Amanda Swain, customer success manager for, also take a hands-on approach to customer service but came from outside of the foodservice industry. The foodservice industry has been a part of Ham- mersley's life since the very beginning. His mother was a professional chef and by age 13 Hammersley ran a hot dog cart on the side of the road in New England. He used the money from the cart to help support the family and put a brother and sister through school. Hammersley then went to New York City in pursuit of an architectural degree and eventually returned home to New Hampshire to work for a dealer as a designer/salesman. "I was trained and mentored by Jack Nicholas and Dave Unger," he says of his first foray into the dealer community. Hammersley then got a job offer from a dealer in Boston. Before long, a New England rep firm sought out Hammersley because of his equipment knowledge. After some Brad Zabel, a vice president, works with eight project managers and five assistant project managers in Johnson-Lancaster and Associates' contract division. Working with construction companies is a key part of Zabel's role. QUIET GIANTS

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