Experienced, knowledgeable cheese experts help you get exactly what you need

Our dedicated sales force has more than 75 years of combined experienced sourcing and selling the world’s finest cheeses.

Cheese Merchants of America strategically locates its sales force to deliver maximum customer utilization and to assist our broker network in servicing our customers growing and ongoing needs.

Management Team

Robert “Bob” Greco, Executive Vice President/Managing Partner

bobg@cheesemerchants.com
Bob started his CMA career as an inventory control manager in 1998. Since then, he has advanced in a variety of senior management positions. In March 2005, he assumed responsibility for all plant operations.

Paul DelleGrazie, Director of Purchasing and Quality Assurance

paul@cheesemerchants.com
Paul is a key employee responsible for ensuring HAACP compliance and keeping our quality at its industry-recognized level throughout the CMA facility. In addition, Paul is the decision maker for all facets of the company’s world-wide purchasing activities.

Sales Team

Jim Smart, Executive Vice President Sales - 630-768-0318  

jim@cheesemerchants.com
As a senior member of the CMA management staff, Jim is responsible for all sales channel initiatives including food service, retail and manufacturing. Jim holds 10 years of prior foodservice sales experience with HJ Heinz. Jim is active in the foodservice industry, having held many board positions throughout his career.

John Perazzo, Division Manager - 630-768-0317  

johnp@cheesemerchants.com
John is an instrumental, results-oriented member of the CMA sales team. John has sales responsibilities for sales west of the Mississippi. Prior to joining CMA John held several sales and management roles for: HJ Heinz, Campbell’s and Smithfield Foods.

Mark Lewis, Division Manager - 630-947-4695  

mlewis@cheesemerchants.com
Since joining CMA in June 2006, Mark has been breaking sales records in twelve states throughout the cheese-loving Midwest. His previous experience includes various sales and management positions with HJ Heinz and Saputo Cheese USA.

Frank Leto, Regional Sales Manager, Southeast - 630-470-3845  

frank@cheesemerchants.com
Frank joined Cheese Merchants in fall of 2008. Prior to joining CMA, Frank held various sales and management positions for both Lombardo's Ravioli Kitchen and Caesars Pasta. Frank will cover the Philadelphia and Southern NJ markets as well as the Southeastern territory for CMA.

Tom Niccoli, Regional Sales Manager, Northeast - 630-470-1796

tom@cheesemerchants.com
Tom joined the CMA sales team in 2009. Tom is responsible for sales from Maine down thru Upstate NY and over to Pittsburgh.  He also covers Metero New York and Northern New Jersey.   Tom has held several sales positions within the foodservice industry and was most recently a Regional Manager for Dutch Quality Chicken.

Jeff Wright, Regional Sales Manager, Northwest - 630-746-5600

jeff@cheesemerchants.com
Jeff joined the CMA sales team in 2010. Jeff is responsible for sales growth in the western United States with particular emphasis on California. Jeff has held several key sales positions in the foodservice business and was most recently with Del Monte Meats in Northern California.

Michael Maiello, Regional Sales Manager, Central - 724-470-8418

mmaiello@cheesemerchants.com
Mike joined CMA in the winter of 2012 after a 15 year career at the HJ Heinz Company.  Mike held a variety of sales and management roles within the Heinz Foodservice division.  Mike will be responsible for growing the CMA business in the mid-western states.

Alex Caruso, Sales Specialist, Metro NY/New Jersey - 630-864-7038

alex@cheesemerchants.com
Alex joined the CMA sales team in the fall of 2012.  Alex has held several foodservice sales positions in the Metro New York market.  Alex comes to CMA with over 20 years of experience in the food industry including being a restaurant owner and operator. 

Vali Bevani, Regional Sales Manager, Southwest - 949-350-8779

vali@cheesemerchants.com
Vali joined the CMA sales team in the fall of 2013.  Vali spent 15 years working and progressing into management for Escalon Premier Brands, a division of HJ Heinz.  Vali will be responsible for all facets of sales growth in Southern CA, AZ, NV, UT and NM. 

Jim Wittig, Director of Retail Sales - 585-626-0359

jwittig@cheesemerchants.com
Jim joins CMA after a long and very prosperous career with Pepsi.  Jim held several poitions of responsibility within Pepsi and was vital to their growth throughout the east coast, Sams Club and Walmart.

Chuck LaBarge, National Sales Manager - Retail - 941-320-2672

clabarge@cheesemerchants.com

Brent Rea, Retail Sales Specialist - 810-343- 3775  

brent@cheesemerchants.com
Brent is part of CMA’s new initiative to cover street sales and expand Cheese Merchants brands throughout segmented markets. Brent comes to CMA with several years of sales experience with Coca Cola and Fuse Beverage Company.