From Gordon Food Service Executives To Entrepreneurs and Innovation Experts, Our Mentors Are Leading The Food Industry

Our chosen startups receive exclusive access to Gordon Food Service’s top leaders as well as Relish Works and 1871’s network of successful entrepreneurs, innovation experts, and seasoned investors through the accelerator program.



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    Mandy Tahvonen

    Mandy Tahvonen

    Executive Director

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    Nick Florek

    Nick Florek

    Program Director

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    Laura Habegger

    Laura Habegger

    Program Manager

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    Rebecca Sholiton

    Rebecca Sholiton

    COO, Bonfire, Entrepreneur in Residence

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    Chris Freeman

    Chris Freeman

    VP, Entrepreneurial & Growth, Colliers International, Entrepreneur in Residence

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    John Powers

    John Powers

    Director, Donovan Food Brokerage, Entrepreneur in Residence


  • Rich Wolowski

    Rich Wolowski

    Chief Executive Officer – Gordon Food Service

  • Betsy Ziegler

    Betsy Ziegler

    Chief Executive Officer – 1871

  • Troy Henikoff

    Troy Henikoff

    Managing Director – MATH Venture Partners

  • Mona Maitra

    Mona Maitra

    Director – Silicon Valley Bank

  • Reid Lappin

    Reid Lappin

    Chief Executive Officer – Vokal

  • Alisha Cieslak

    Alisha Cieslak

    Chief Legal & Risk Officer - Gordon Food Service

  • Joe Mott

    Joe Mott

    Senior Manager, Sales Support and Enablement

  • Mark Eriks

    Mark Eriks

    Chief Supply Chain Officer – Gordon Food Service

  • Luke Saunders

    Luke Saunders

    Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Farmer's Fridge

  • Jeff Maddox

    Jeff Maddox

    Chief Financial Officer, Gordon Food Service

  • Adam Niemur

    Adam Niemur

    Director of Digital Experience, North America, Gordon Food Service

  • Bob Gillespie

    Bob Gillespie

    Serial Entrepreneur

  • Greg Robbins

    Greg Robbins

    Managing Member, Erraza LLC

  • Dinsh Guzdar

    Dinsh Guzdar

    President, f' real foods

  • Kyle Welch

    Kyle Welch

    President, Chicago Scoops LLC

  • Tony Owen

    Tony Owen

    Managing Partner, Frontera Hospitality Group; and President, DOM Capital Group

  • Tiffany A. Wan

    Tiffany A. Wan

    Executive Director, J.P. Morgan; Blockchain and Payment Specialist

  • Pat Riley

    Pat Riley

    Chief Executive Officer, GAN

  • Kelly Smallegan-Maas

    Kelly Smallegan-Maas

    Digital Marketing Manager, North America, Gordon Food Service

  • Joe Shenton

    Joe Shenton

    Partner, Summit Trail Advisors

  • Andrew F. Dickow

    Andrew F. Dickow

    Managing Director, Greenwich Capital Group