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PFSbrands Jamie LongJamie Long

VP – Business Development

 

Education

Bachelor of Arts, Lewis and Clark State College

How did you arrive here?

I worked in food service sales, operations and management for the first fourteen years of my career with McDonalds, Boston Market, Uno Chicago Bar & Grill, and Orion Food Systems.  For the last 12 years I have been in business development and senior sales leadership roles with Command Center Staffing, Bullet Tools, Lightforce Performance Lighting, and Caster Depot.  I was attracted to the culture at Pfsbrands and the opportunity to work for one of the fastest growing privately held companies in the United States. I am passionate about sales leadership and I have a great Team of Business Developers to work with.  My favorite part of my job is being out in the field working with my Team to bring the best brands in the business to the customer.  What brought me here is the culture and the opportunity to do what I love doing each and every day.

What’s one problem you are best at solving for your clients?

I feel that myself and my Team are great at determining which branded foodservice program fits for their success.  Finding that unique path is not always easy, but it is extremely rewarding to see how successful the customer can be with our Champs Chicken, Cooper’s Express, or Private Label Programs.

What would be impossible for you to give up?

That’s easy.  It would be impossible for me to give up working.  My greatest fear is having to retire.  I love to work and I hope I get to do it for forever.

As a child, what did you wish to become when you grew up?

When I grew up I wanted to be the starting defensive end for the Oakland Raiders.  I felt pretty good about this dream of mine until I realized that my football talent level wasn’t going to get me much past high school.

What’s something people don’t know about you?

I run four to five half marathons per year in different cities across the USA.

Name a funny/unusual job from your past:

I grew up on a big farm in the middle of nowhere in Idaho.  My first jobs were working on the farm wrestling bales of hay, herding cattle, and taking care of our horses.  My least favorite job was cleaning chicken coops (which is ironic since now I sell chicken for a living).  Working some of these jobs on the farm helped me develop my work ethic and it was a great way to grow up (even though there are some of those jobs that I miss less than others).