Arthur Fisher- Vice President of Contract Sales ...Arthur brings an extensive background in foodservice equipment supplies & design having started in the industry in 1971. He joined The Sam Tell companies in 2005 as Vice President of Contract Sales. In that capacity he is responsible to establish, review and negotiate pricing for all contract proposals and supervise the contract sales. His most notable projects include Cedar Crest Village in Pompton Plains, NJ and The Harvard Club in NYC. Arthur’s knowledge and understanding of foodservice equipment and supplies enable him to remain at the forefront of all industry trends. Arthur is a consummate professional as he donates his time to multiple industry organizations. Arthur served two terms on the board of FEDA and is currently a member of NAFEM (where he holds the CFSP designation), FEDA, SFM & HFM. Arthur was recognized as the MAFS Dealer Salesperson of the year in 2006. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Northeastern University.
Burton J. Hardy- Outside Sales Rep ...Burton joined The Sam Tell Companies in 1990 as an Outside Sales Representative. Burton brings to Sam Tell a long history of foodservice equipment and supplies excellence, having started selling in the industry over twenty five years ago. Over the years he has worked for many foodservice equipment and supplies distributors in the NYC metropolitan area. Burton primarily focuses on independent restaurants in the NYC metropolitan area. Some of the more notable accounts that he brought to Sam Tell are Puttanesca & Totonno’s; two very high profile NYC fine dining establishments. It is this commitment to his customers that has enabled Burton to be a leader in the foodservice equipment and supplies industry.
Eric M. Richman- Outside Sales Rep ...Eric began his career 30 years ago selling restaurant supplies on the Bowery for Matas Restaurant Supply Co. In 1997 The Sam Tell Companies purchased that company and Eric moved over working for Sam Tell as an Outside Sales Representative. Eric primarily focuses on the NYC independent restaurant market. His knowledge of table top and small wares enable Eric to give his customers the tools they need to succeed in the ultra-competitive NYC market. He has a well established reputation among his peers and can still count on his roster accounts that he started over 20 years ago. Eric is married with 2 children and likes to spend his free time coaching them in their various sports activities.
Fred Smilow- Director of Government Sales ...Fred joined The Sam Tell Companies as an Inside Sales Representative in May 2005. He was promoted to his current position as Director of Government Sales in May 2007 with annual revenues of $2.6 million. With over thirty years of industry experience, he has worked for such organizations as Edward Boker Inc.; US Food Service and A. Bohrer Inc. holding a variety of positions from sales and customer service to various managerial positions. In his current position he is responsible for procuring and completing all government bids; dealing with school systems; local, state and federal municipalities and correctional institutions to name a few. Fred’s knowledge of the equipment supply industry is instrumental in ensuring that all agencies receive the most complete information so that they make an intelligent decision.
Mark Schlesinger- Outside Sales Rep ...Mark joined The Sam Tell Companies as an Outside Sales Representative in September 1999. His primary focus is on the country club and fine dining markets; opening such accounts as Maremma Restaurant & The Friars Club. Mark got his start in the hospitality industry working as an F&B Director for Sheraton Hotels. During that time he also owned and operated a restaurant/ night club on Long Island. From there he spent the next sixteen years working as an Outside Sales Representative for various distributors in the tri-state area. Mark received an Associate Degree in Culinary Arts from Sullivan County Community College and a double major in Hotel & Restaurant Management from Farleigh Dickinson University. He still donates his time to both institutions acting as a guest speaker.
Sebastian Puleo- Outside Sales Rep ...Sebastian began working for The Sam Tell Companies in December 2007 as an outside sales representative. He brings to Sam Tell a broad background in the restaurant and food service industry having started working for a food equipment and supplies company at the young age of 13. He has also worked in various kitchens across Long Island and New York City. It was his “passion for the restaurant industry” that brought him to Sam Tell after a two year absence to pursue a career as golf professional. A commitment to his customers is the common link among all of Sebastians experiences. His knowledge of the equipment and supplies industry enable him to be proactive in getting his customers the most detailed information that they require. He has brought over such notable accounts as Peppercorns, Ciao Baby & Angel Fish. Sebastian took 1st place in a 2000 Fancy Food Show international cuisine competition and also received an honorable mention at a 2001 International Hotel/ Motel and Restaurant Show garde manger competition. He was a judge for three years at the Parade des Chefs competitions in Los Angeles, Orlando and New York City. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Restaurant Hospitality Management and an Associate’s degree in Culinary Arts from New York Institute of Technology.