How to Develop and Maintain Partnerships That Will Impact Your Business

Wednesday | November 20 | 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM

A key part of running a successful convenience services business is building relationships. There are success stories in the making scattered throughout CTW, and even back in your office. You can be the hero of the next one. Writing your next success story comes from leveraging your industry partnerships, local connections, and customer relationships. This panel will show you how best to identify, begin, and strengthen partnerships that will better your business.


C.J. Recher
VP Marketing, Five Star Food Service
Co-Founder, Feeding the Future

C.J. Recher is the Vice President of Marketing for Five Star Food Service, an operator based in Chattanooga, TN. He serves as the Chair of NAMA’s Emerging Leaders Network Steering Committee, the industry’s young professionals organization. Recher is also Co-Founder and Treasurer of Feeding the Future, Inc., a non-profit foundation aimed at raising awareness of and funds for ending childhood hunger. Recher has nearly a decade of sales and marketing experience and is a graduate of NAMA’s Executive Development Program.


Chad Panton

Speaker bio coming soon.

Dan Reeves
Regional Sales Manager

Speaker bio coming soon.

Linda Saldana
Regional Sales Director
Five Star Food Service

Linda Saldana is a Senior Sales Director for Five Star Food Services. She started selling coffee when she had a 3 year old, a 1 year old, and a new born. She knew caffeine was the only way to go! In the past nine years, she has sold over 20 million in new business and prides herself in building strong relationships along the way. She has a passion for connection and finding solutions!

Paul Tullio
VP of OCS/Pantry, Atlanta
Five Star Food Service

Paul Tullio is the Director of Office Coffee and Pantry Service for the Atlanta Region of Five Star Food Service. Prior to making the move to Atlanta, he ran the Orange County branch of Gourmet Coffee Service in Southern California for 14 years until they were acquired by the Compass Group in January of 2017. After the acquisition Paul became District General Manager of Gourmet Coffee Service under the new ownership and held that position for 2 ½ years. His passion for industry engagement and continued development helped him to grow a successful full line operation. His industry involvement includes having served on NAMA’s Coffee Service Committee, Trade Show Advisory Committee and the California Automatic Vendors Council’s executive board. Paul is also a Past Chari of NAMA’s Emerging leaders network. He has received the designation of NAMA Certified Coffee Specialist, has Completed NAMA’s Executive Development Program, attended NAMA’s Executive Forum and received the 2016 Operator of the year award from the CAVC. Paul is happily married to his wife Chelsea with 2 young daughters at home.