About our Team
Our reliable Gourmet Source team is second to none in the industry. We offer our clients (both customers and principals) a high level of practical experience, know-how and insight into the specialty coffee/smoothie industry.
We strive to be the most knowledgeable and reliable source of product and industry information available within the specialty coffee market.
Gourmet Source has achieved these goals by keeping our fingers on the ever-changing pulse of the specialty coffee industry by attending national industry trade shows, specialty coffee events and working hands-on with our customers. Not only that, but we promise to work with a focus on integrity, honesty and professionalism.
Now, here’s a chance for you to get to know our Gourmet Source team a little more in-depth:
Doug Podzilni - President/National Account Manager
Doug is the President and founder of Gourmet Source Food Brokers. He holds a degree in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA from Santa Clara University. He has over 25 years of applied sales and marketing management experience. Much of his time is focused on National Account Management, principal development, and sales leadership with the Gourmet Source team.
Rhonda Slone - National Inside Sales and Customer Support Manager
Rhonda has been with Gourmet Source since the company was founded. She graduated from Milwaukee Area Technical College with a degree in Applied Science. Rhonda has a very strong background in product management and customer service. She is responsible for all aspects of customer needs including order development, sample requests, shipping coordination, and qualifying sales leads. Rhonda is a vital part of Gourmet Source’s success.
Kurt Blum - Northeast Regional Sales Manager
Kurt joined Gourmet Source in the fall of 2002. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in Economics. Kurt has worked with some of the top sales focused companies in the nation and developed a strong background in sales, marketing, and customer support. During his time with Gourmet Source, he has covered 30 different states in all four time zones while learning the subtleties and trends of the specialty coffee industry. Much of Gourmet Source’s growth can be contributed to Kurt’s account development.
Grant Blum - Southwest Regional Sales Manager
Grant joined Gourmet Source in the fall of 2005. He studied Criminal Justice at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee before refocusing his efforts on Business Administration. Grant has become an integral part of the Gourmet Source team by building and maintaining relationships within three sales territories. While Grant attributes most of his practical experience to absorbing the finer details of the Coffee Industry, his customers have stated that his industry knowledge and customer relations have proven to be a vital source to his success.