Ian Restaino

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Territory Manager: Central & South Texas

Mr. Restaino brings a great deal of foodservice knowledge to Chrane. Ian has worked in the industry in one facet or another since he was just 13 years old. He went on to graduate from the Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park New York, and has studied all over since. He currently resides in New Braunfels, TX with his wife Deborah and their two teenage girls, Madeleine and Ava. In addition to his love for food and wine, Ian loves reading, traveling, playing golf, and when time allows, fishing and hunting.

Coolest Nickname: “The Angry Hippie”

Family Tradition: His grandpa taught him how to make his own wine!

Jonathan Hipp

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Territory Manager: DFW

Jonathan Hipp comes to Chrane ready to tackle the K-12 community, and whatever else we throw at him as one of our newest territory managers. Mr. Hipp grew up in Arkansas (woo pig?) but made the decision to move to Texas after working at Sky Ranch. He finished his ‘Mean Green’ degree at the University of North Texas. He and his bride Ashley have an eight-year old daughter named Rylee, and they all live in Van Alstyne, Texas. In his free time Jonathan loves to be outdoors. With a passion for sports, he continues to cheer for the Razorbacks due to the frustration of his Red Raider wife.

Sore Subject: Beavers… He was attacked

Hot Take: Having a BBQ and cooking out are two completely different things

Meredith Mulliken

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Marketing Coordinator

Born in Roswell, New Mexico (no, she’s not an alien), her family left the alien chasing life behind to start a dairy farm in Plainview, TX.  The small town West Texas girl moved to Stillwater for college at Oklahoma State University where she picked up a college education and a slight coffee addiction. Meredith moved to DFW to start her ENTIRE career with Chrane in June of 2018.  She resides in Addison, TX and when not launching her marketing career, she loves cooking and baking, riding horses and spending the weekends binge watching television or shopping. 

She’s an Ornithophobiac: Lover of all animals, except birds
Boogeyman Fan: She’s a thriller/horror movie fanatic

Samantha Hanson

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Territory Manager: Central & South Texas

A Houston native, Samantha Hanson has had a lifelong passion involving foodservice.  What started out as helping her mom bake and grilling out with her dad, turned into culinary training at Le Cordon Bleu Culinary School and a Hotel and Restaurant Management Degree from the University of Houston.  She most recently worked in food distribution sales for almost 4 years before joining Chrane.  She has settled back home in Houston where she can be found supporting her hometown sports team or chasing after her two dogs, Bones and Bella. 

She’s Etsy crafty:  Handmade greeting cards, anyone?
Exotic tripper: Iceland and Belize are her favorite lands of adventure, to be exact!

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

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 burning things in Chrane’s kitchen he enjoys golfing, hunting, football season, and his dogs, Abby and Mara. 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 ever”

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 Agnew

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Inside Sales Administrator

Ashley 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, hudsband David, and 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 enjoy traveling, visiting family, and cheering on the Chicago Blackhawks. 

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

Favorite Hobbies:  Knitting, crocheting, and baking

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. 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