Steve Sechrist began his career in the grocery business as a part-time stocker for Skaggs Albertsons in 1972. Since those early grocery days, Steve has enjoyed over forty years in the industry with significant experience in the distribution and marketing of natural and specialty foods.
Steve spent eleven years working for Skaggs Albertsons. In 1986, he joined Gourmet Award Foods, a pioneer in the specialty food industry. Two years later, Gourmet Award was purchased by Tree of Life, which became the nation’s leading marketer and distributor of natural and specialty foods. Steve held many sales management positions at Tree of Life, including Vice President of Sales, Texas Division from 1991 to until he left in 2004.
After leaving Tree of Life, Steve worked for two years as a sponsor liaison with Gameday Productions, a television production company. Gameday produced syndicated television programming featuring NASCAR auto racing, high school sports, PGA golf and a celebrity cooking show.
Steve returned to the distribution industry in 2006 as Regional Vice President for Millbrook Distribution Services. Shortly thereafter, Millbrook was acquired by United Natural Foods, Inc., the largest publicly traded wholesale distributor to the natural, organic and specialty industry in the United States and Canada. Steve held several leadership roles there, including Regional Sales Manager for their Western Region where he directed the account management team.
Steve retired from UNFI in 2016.
The relationships he has built coupled with his extensive industry knowledge gives Steve the credibility and expertise to interface with a wide variety of distributors, brokers, manufacturers and retailers.
Skaggs Albertsons (11 Years)
Gourmet Award Foods/Tree of Life (18 Years)
Gameday Productions (2 Years)
Millbrook/UNFI (10 Years)