Charles N. Gannon

Chuck has spent more than 20 years in the food and beverage industry beginning with Kraft Foodservice, Alliant Foodservice and now US Foods where he has served for the past 8 years as President of US Foods Metro New York.  He started his career in the foodservice industry as a leader in Human Resources and, soon after, transitioned to a senior sales leadership role.  In 2002, Chuck’s career took him to Colorado to run a division of US Foods in Denver. In late 2006, Chuck was asked to come back to the New York area to lead the turnaround of two operating companies. After consolidating and profitizing the two divisions, he relocated the business to a newly constructed state of the art distribution center located in Perth Amboy, NJ, which is now the industry’s largest center in the Northeast.

He has taken the business to new heights with the recent acquisition of Vesuvio Foods, the area’s preeminent distributor in the Italian segment.  He has managed to triple the business in just 5 years.  He attributes his success to surrounding himself with the right people who are food fanatics by nature, who understand the needs of our customers and are passionate about providing best in class service.  To that end, he has added more than 300 additional employees to the business in just the past 3 years, providing jobs to many of the area’s local residents.

Chuck’s true passion, however, is in what his organization has been able to accomplish in the community.  As a food company providing ingredients and innovative products to restaurants, hotels, schools and healthcare institutions, it only seemed natural to also direct some focus on the many that still have so little. Several years ago he formed an initiative within US Foods call Helping Hands. Employees were freed up and encouraged to reach out and volunteer in community and personally lend a hand.  Working with organizations such as City Harvest, Food Bank of NJ, Meals on Wheels, Gods Love We Deliver, the Salvation Army and Habitat for Humanity, he has sent more than 150 employees out at different times to prepare meals, deliver food, or provide food support.  In Chuck’s next venture, he plans to join fellow CEO’s to sleep out overnight in NYC to raise money for a very worthy cause, Covenant House. Chuck resides in Lincroft, NJ with his beautiful wife of 26 years, Eileen and their 6 children.