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 and 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 15 years of applied sales and marketing management experience while working for Cargill Inc. and Ghirardelli Chocolate. 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. Prior to joining Gourmet Source, Rhonda was the inside sales coordinator at Ghirardelli's field office in Milwaukee, WI. 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.
Anna Gutierrez - Northwest Regional Sales Manager
Anna joined Gourmet Source in the spring of 2011. She started in specialty coffee as a barista in 1997 and has since been an active player in the industry lecturing at the SCAA Expo and Coffee Fest, is certified as a National and Regional Barista Competition Judge, the newest of three judges for the Coffee Fest Latte Art World Championships, is on the SCAA Lecture’s Committee and is an active member of the Barista Guild of America.
Anna has also been an active participant in the worlds of competitive coffee starting in 2005 and currently holds eight signature drink competition titles. She also has successfully competed in the Latte Art Championships and has taught hands-on latte art classes at Coffee Fest as well as to her customers.
Wanting to share her passion with others, Anna has authored several articles in Fresh Cup, Barista Magazine and Tea & Coffee Trade Journal, focusing on the importance of product selection and signature drink development for businesses. She was also featured on the cover of Barista Magazine’s April, 2012 Anniversary issue.
Having extensive experience working with large specialty coffee chain accounts and franchise businesses across the United States, she has become well-known for helping her clients with marketing, branding, product selection, barista training and the development of new and exciting signature drinks.
Anna’s passion for the specialty coffee industry is contagious and she looks forward to every opportunity to share that with her customers!
Grant Blum - Southeast 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.
Heather Beavers-Gerson - Southwest Regional Sales Manager
Heather has been working in the coffee industry for well over a decade. Along with her degree in Marketing and her MBA from Azusa Pacific University, Heather has worked in all facets of the coffee industry, starting as a barista in the Northwest, roaster sales rep, distributor sales rep, and broker regional sales manager. Heather's strong background in coffee house menu development, business consulting, and training makes her a strong player on the team. She has a passion for coffee and therefor a passion for the best quality allied products.