Kristen Ritchie

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Territory Manager: Central & South Texas

Kristen rejoined the Chrane gang in 2018 after a brief experimentation outside the food world in 2017 to work in medical device sales.  Ritchie is a graduate from the Oklahoma State University School of Hospitality and Tourism Management and has spent the majority of her professional life in the foodservice industry in a variety of roles:  server, bartender, sandwich maker, cook, school foodservice director, caterer, owner/operator, distributor sales and menu specialist. 

Fun Facts:
She fancies herself an expert with plastic wrap.
She loves talking about, shopping for, cooking and eating food and the drink that goes with it. 

Josh Zielinski

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Territory Manager: Oklahoma

Josh Zielinski grew up and graduated just east of Dallas in Terrell, TX but at the age of 22 he took his talents across the Red River to OKC.  He has racked up 23 years of sales experience in the mortgage banking, software, retail, channel, automotive and direct sales avenues, and feels prepared and ready for the foodservice equipment industry.  Josh joined Chrane in early 2017 and has hit the ground running as the Oklahoma Territory Manager.  When he isn’t in front of dealers, consultants, clients, and end-users, you can find him in the gym … seven days a week.  Josh enjoys staying fit and active, anything on the water, dancing, cooking, good cigars, whiskey, and most of all watching his 11-year-old son Jackson play competitive soccer.  Every day is an opportunity to be better than yesterday and Josh lives by that mantra personally, professionally, and physically. 

Fave Food:  Southern Comfort Food

Fun Fact: Josh will compete in a fitness competition in 2018.

Robbie Lee

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Territory Manager: DFW & East Texas

Mr. Robbie Lee relocated from Tulsa, OK to join Chrane in the fall of 2015 (Tulsa, it’s not quite SoCal cool unless you are from Kansas).  Oh wait … Robbie IS from Kansas -- Roeland Park to be exact!  He then attended the University of Kansas where he earned a General Studies degree and became an all-knowing fact book of all things KU.  Robbie brings to Chrane a customer service and sales background gained from the specialty alloy industry.  When he’s not working, Robbie can be found enjoying time on the lake, watching sports or spending time with his wife Kate. 

Previous Employment: He once was employed to sell purses

Special Awards:  He won 3rd place in a pig calling contest as a 3 year old

Tim Braun

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Territory Manager: DFW

Mr. Tim Braun (can be pronounced Brown or Brawn depending on the day of the week) relocated from Southern California to join Chrane in the summer of 2015.   His background includes over 6 years in sales in the both Foodservice and Software industries.  He grew up in Milwaukee, WI and attended college where he played golf for Valparaiso University.  Prior to a career in sales, Tim was a professor at Loyola Marymount University. 

Cheerleader for: Anything Wisconsin; Packers, Badgers, Bucks 

Diet Restrictions:  Cover your ears when he is ordering a meal … Tim eats WAY too healthy!

Drew Sargent

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Territory Manager: DFW & West Texas

Drew grew up in Sanger, TX and moved out West to bring back home an Accounting degree from Texas Tech. Drew joined Chrane in 2014 and has quickly caught on to the complexities this fine industry has to offer. Prior to, Drew worked for a licensed golf distributor, a local aerospace company and spent some time as an auditor for the State of Texas. When he’s not working, he enjoys golfing, brewery tours, football season and his dog Marley. A self-diagnosed pizza-holic, Drew prescribes to the notion of pizza is the best food because you can eat it for breakfast, lunch, dinner and you can top it however you want. 

First Job: Pizzamore´ in Krum, TX 

First Concert: Metallica and “it was the biggest eye-opening experience”

Efren Salazar

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Territory Manager: Houston & Southeast Texas

Efren Salazar joins Chrane with a background in sales and customer success in the software industry. He lived in South Padre Island for 5 years where he owned a kayak shop and married his wife Theresa on the beach. They have a beautiful 7-year-old son Ramiro, whom they call Ram for short.  He’s an avid outdoor enthusiast in that he loves camping, surfing, golf, motorcycles and tacos ... yes, tacos are absolutely an outdoor activity. 

Personal Best: {2 months} The length of time he went without wearing shoes. Just because. 

Culinary Secret: Can cook minute rice in 55 seconds

Ashley Potter

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Inside Sales Administrator

Ashley Potter joined Chrane in 2012 after spending 5 years in Customer Service within the Foodservice Industry. She is one of the major reasons our inside sales team rocks! Ashley lives in the HEB area near her family where she gets to enjoy her mom's home cookin’ as often as she can. Spending time with her teenage daughter Maddi, fiancé David, and soon-to-be stepdaughter Natalie is where she can most often be found. Her favorite ways to relieve stress are running 5k’s, a spinning class with friends and even the occasional girl’s night out. 

First Job: Worked at Power Tan all through high school

Favorite Quote: “Behind every successful woman is a fabulous pair of shoes.” ~ Anonymous

Christina Jakubowski

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Inside Sales Administrator

Christina, at Chrane often referred to as CJ, was born in San Antonio, hails from Streamwood, IL (if you don’t count the many duty stations she visited as a military brat) and has landed in Texas. She joined the Chrane Inside Sales team in 2013 from a position at Mobile Fixture, where she first got her start in the foodservice industry. Christina and her husband Jessie now live in Houston, TX with their two Collies Laddie and Arya. They both recently enjoy traveling for fun and to visit family. 

Oddity: She is a gephyrophobiac (a person with a fear of bridges)

Favorite Hobbies:  Knitting, crocheting, baking and watching the Chicago Blackhawks win yet another Stanley Cup

Lori Bing

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Inside Sales Administrator

Mrs. Lori Bing (no relation to Chandler … he’s a fictional character, duh!) has spent the last 15+ years in foodservice industry. Prior to joining Chrane, she was a Territory Manager for a major foodservice distributor. Lori was raised in Walnut, CA and moved to Collierville, TN in high school. In 2006, she and her husband Chad moved to the Houston area due to her husband's job relocating. For the past 11 years, Lori has been working hard at the most underpaid job of all ... Mom. Spending most of her non-work life hauling around her two kids Parker and Camryn, she enjoys cooking for and spending time with her family most of all.

First Concert:  New Kids on the Block (Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh … oh, oh, oh, oh) 

What does Lori miss most about being a kid? Naps and no responsibilities

Tina Finicum

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Inside Sales Administrator

Tina Finicum came to Chrane from outside the Foodservice industry in the summer of 2016. Her background ranges over various industries from insurance, municipal administration, to marketing sweet goods. Tina resides in Arlington where she spends most of her time trying to keep up with her teenage son Carter and preteen daughter Maggie. She loves both the mountains and the beach. She enjoys relaxing poolside and her music preferences are on the harder side, with preferences leaning towards AC/DC and Guns N’ Roses. 

Fears: Large open water

If Money Were No Object: She would start her own foundation that supported abused children

Nick Sierra

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Business Development Manager, Central Texas

In his previous life, Nick worked in sales and management for a Fortune 500 company. Before that, he was an officer in the United States Army and a graduate of Embry-Riddle University. Now, he mops the floors just like the rest of us at Chrane. Outside of work, he is an outdoor enthusiast with a passion for anything that involves a board (e.g., snowboard, skateboard, surfboard). He travels often and at any given time might have a friendly wager in place for a sporting contest so one might consider him a sports enthusiast. Nick was born in the DFW area but now calls Austin home where he and wife Alyson are proud parents of their beautiful baby girl Avery Grace.

Secret Admirer of: Ryan Gosling …"Hey Girl."

New Favorite Hobby: Sleep