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Dana Carfi-Director of Business Resources Dana Carfi
Director of Business Resources

Dana has been  with Sysco Metro NY for 20 years.
Beginning her career as an Marketing Associate in Brooklyn & Staten Island she was promoted to District Sales Mangers in our Midtown NYC district achieving Pacesetter status for 2 years in a row.
Dana then assumed the role of Regional Sales Manager for New York City and Westchester County. She was promoted to her current role as Director of Business Resources in 2017.
Dana is very cultured in the Industry and has lived and worked in Upstate NY, New Orleans’, San Diego & NYC.


Lance Calloway  - COP Protein SpecialistLance Calloway
COP - Protein Specialist
Lance is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, New York.  Upon graduating he worked in some of NYC’s top restaurants including Gotham Bar and Grill, Gramercy Tavern and also worked at Michael Jordan’s Steak House and Strip House which were part of The Glazier Group.  After working as a Private Chef in Manhattan and working for The Harvest Group in New Jersey, Lance became a Marketing Associate with Sysco Metro NY and is now the Center of the Plate Specialist / Protein.
---- Chef Dower (large)Chef Randy Shore Dower
Executive Chef
Chef Dower is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. She has worked as a garde manger with the Regency Hotel and as a pastry chef in several locations including Le Graneville and at Marriott B & I's before joining Sysco first as a MA, then as a Protein Specialist and finally as an Executive Chef. 
---- Chef Paul (large)Chef Paul Deckenbach
Executive Chef
Paul is a graduate of The Academy of Culinary Arts in Mays Landing, New Jersey. Prior to his culinary education he worked as a dishwasher, prep cook and line cook beginning while he was still in high school. Since graduation he has worked as an Executive Chef in restaurants, hotels, corporate dining, conference centers and private country clubs before coming to Sysco Metro NY as an Executive Chef.
---- Beth (large)Beth Dobra
Business Review Specialist
Beth has held many positions at Sysco Metro NY from Credit Manager to Executive Administrative Assistant. For the past several years she has developed our @Table program along with our Culinary Department to host Customer visits and explore new opportunities for our customer base. Beth’s culinary skills as well as her expertise with Sysco’s many programs has helped many customers grow their business.
Neal Callanan
Neal has over 40 years’ experience in food service industry beginning at B&C Smith, a traditional food service equipment distributer.  Neal joined Ritter Food Corporation in 1990; his job responsibilities included training Ritter’s sales force in selling kitchen equipment, tableware, small-wares, and janitorial supplies. He went on to manage the food service supplies department for sales of S&E, chemical and disposable product lines and moved up to Marketing Manager, Non Foods in 2001. In 2010 he became the Supplies on the Fly Champion and works with Marketing Associates and customers to increase sales of non-foods.

John Grindlinger
Marketing Manager
Coming from a background in the paper and chemical industry, John joined Sysco in 1992 as the Sysco Brand Manager. He moved into his current position of Marketing Manager in 2001. John is responsible for marketing efforts within our in-house sales department as well as customer facing promotions and events such as our annual food show. He is an experienced graphic artist and produces many of our publications and online marketing materials, videos and photography.  In addition, John has been a certified ServSafe instructor since 1995 and regularly teaches this state of the art food safety class. John has a BA from George Washington University as well as a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Southern California. 
Michelle Thorp – Seafood SpecialistMichelle Thorp
Seafood Specialist
Michelle is a 1999 graduate of Clemson University with a Master’s of Science in Agronomy (Soil Science). Having worked as a soil scientist for a year, her passion for the foodservice industry grew and she went into restaurant ownership for several years. After having children, Michelle became a Marketing Associate for Sysco Metro NY. Michelle then moved into business development before assuming her present role as Seafood Specialist.
NUNZIO MEROLA  - Ethnic Segment ManagerNunzio Merola
Ethnic Segment Menager
Nunzio Merola moved to the USA from Italy, in the early 60s. Landing in NYC, passing the Statue of Liberty, he settled in a rural NJ town.  He was surrounded by some of the best authentic Italian food. Always helping in the kitchen, eating and tasting every dish, his passion about all things food was born.  With encouragement from friends, neighbors, and family, Nunzio began his career in the food service industry in the early 90s.  Over 20 years later, Nunzio’s passion for every type of cuisine continues to grow. Cooking with his Colombian wife, Nunzio has become enamored with South American cuisine as well.
For Nunzio, “Food is Love, Food is Life, Food is Family.”

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