Mariko Sakurai Joins Excell & Nissco Buying Groups as Director of Business Development

DENVER, CO – October 24, 2022 Mariko Sakurai Joins Excell & Nissco Buying Groups as Director of Business Development

Excell and Nissco buying groups welcomed industry veteran, Mariko Sakurai, as Director of Business Development.

Sakurai brings over three decades of experience within the foodservice equipment and supplies industry working with national accounts, broadliners, dealers and manufacturers.

“We are excited to welcome Mariko to our team,” states Mike Jewett, CEO of Excell and Nissco. “Mariko’s experience, passion and enthusiasm for our industry and its people will be an asset to our dealer and vendor partners.”

Most recently, Sakurai served as Sales & Account Manager for EPI Kitchen, a Dallas-based manufacturer rep firm. Her robust industry experience includes National and Regional Sales & Account Management for manufacturers including Homer Laughlin, Oneida Foodservice, Victorinox Swiss Army, and Mercer, and over a decade at TriMark Economy Restaurant Fixtures in purchasing, marketing, and operations. 

“As an accomplished industry professional with extensive experience in all areas, Mariko can think from the buyer’s perspective to facilitate trust and understanding,” states Mike Jewett. “Our desire is to have a team that works with our partners past the introduction period to close the gap, and create meaningful, ongoing relationships.”

As a team, Sakurai and newly promoted Director of Business Development, Devyn Kelly, will strengthen relationships, negotiate contracts, and assist with strategy execution. 

 

Excell & Nissco Buying Groups Promote Devyn Kelly to Director of Business Development

DENVER, CO – September 5, 2022 – Excell and Nissco buying groups promoted Devyn Kelly to Director of Business Development.

Kelly joined the buying groups in 2021 as Business Development Manager. With over a decade of experience in foodservice industry buying groups, Kelly will foster valued relationships with Dealer and Vendor partners.

“Vendor and Dealer partnerships are paramount to our success at Excell and Nissco. In fact, they are the reason we exist. Devyn’s experience, industry expertise, and passion for personally connecting with industry partners are a perfect fit for moving our members and their businesses forward. In the short time I have worked with Devyn, I have been very impressed. Our members couldn’t ask for a better advocate,” states Mike Jewett, CEO of Excell and Nissco.

In this position, Kelly will manage relationships with new and existing vendors and dealers across the organization, negotiate contracts, and assist with strategy execution to help ensure dealers are making the most beneficial purchasing decisions. Additionally, Kelly will lead the supply chain initiative with the group’s consulting partner, Maine Pointe, developing solutions to the benefit of the groups’ vendor and dealer partners.

Mike Jewett went on to say, “Optimizing our organizational structure to best serve our members is critical. We will continue to look at what we do, how we do it, why we do it that way, and ensure the right people are in the right roles. We intend to promote from within as appropriate and add top talent from outside the organization as needed. Devyn’s promotion is just one of many exciting organizational changes.”

 

Excell & Nissco Name New CEO

DENVER, CO – August 29, 2022Excell and Nissco buying groups named industry veteran, Mike Jewett to CEO, effective August 29. The announcement was made by the groups’ Leadership Team.

Board of Directors member and former CEO, Randy Brunschwig shares “I am excited to welcome Mike as the new leader of this dynamic organization. We performed an extensive search to fill the CEO position. Our focus was to find someone who brings energy, focus, and new thinking to the organization as we evolve to meet the needs of our members. Mike has extensive experience within our industry, brings an award-winning attitude, and is someone who will connect with our members in exciting, new ways, offering them exactly what they need to succeed.”

Mike will work directly with the Excell and Nissco teams, dealers, and suppliers to create long-term success strategies, execute growth initiatives, and drive operational excellence through customer service - reinforcing our strong position as industry-leading buying groups.

Brunschwig also shares, “I want to thank CFO Andrew Meyer (Interim CEO) for his leadership during this transition. Additionally, I want to thank our team who worked tirelessly to make this period in our company’s history a successful and seamless transition. We made significant strides in advancing our strategic initiatives and positioning the group for future growth. I look forward to working with Andrew and our new CEO Mike Jewett as an active board member and advisor to the team.”

Andrew Meyer reiterates that “over the past several months, our team has done an amazing job engaging with our dealer and supplier partners to identify innovative ways to service our members. These efforts are further accelerated with Mike Jewett joining the team. He will bring a fresh perspective to our organization that will allow us to maximize the potential of the group with the primary goal of becoming Stronger Together.”

Mike brings over 25 years of industry experience and leadership to his new role. While Mike's experience is extensive, his formative years and longest tenure were spent with ITW/Hobart as the Central U.S. Regional Director, managing over $80M in revenue.

In addition, he filled the role of Vice President Service Operations for TriMark-Strategic, where he introduced strategic growth initiatives, oversaw the implementation of a state-of-the-art service ERP system, and streamlined processes to improve overall operations.

As the CEO of Horizon Bradco, a dedicated sales, service, and supplies organization focused on the commercial foodservice equipment industry, he unified a struggling business by driving customer success and accountability to every level of the organization and revamped the culture around the virtue of Integrity.

Most recently Mike served as the Vice President of Global Service for Spectris plc, a London-based company specializing in high-tech instrumentation, test equipment and software for the world's most technically demanding industrial applications. At Spectris, Mike was charged with overhauling their aftermarket global service offering to drive long-term success.

Mike has a deep-rooted passion for the commercial foodservice equipment industry and the value it brings to millions of people across the world. His deep experience, strength at forging relationships, and ability to develop profitable growth for the companies he has led, along with their customers, is established and well-known.

Mike and his family will be relocating from Dallas, Texas to Denver, Colorado in the near future. Mike recently shared his excitement stating that he is, "elated for the opportunity to join the Excell and Nissco team as CEO. With nearly three decades of experience in all facets of commercial foodservice equipment and supplies, I am ready to support our team members to best serve our dealer and supplier partners."

Randy Brunschwig, CEO and President of Excell & Nissco Buying Groups Announces Retirement

DENVER – April 5, 2022 – Randy Brunschwig, CEO and President of the Excell and Nissco buying groups, announced his retirement, after 18 years of leadership and strong growth.Brunschwig has been acting in an advisory capacity since January 1, 2022 and will continue to serve on the Board of Directors to assist the team in future planning and strategy. As Excell and Nissco continue the search for a new CEO, current CFO, Andrew Meyer, will step in as interim CEO. 

"I have a strong belief that progress is impossible without change. For me personally, it’s time to take the next step in my life’s journey. For the organization, change brings about new ideas, new blood, and new energy for that next wave of growth and success,” states Brunschwig.

The group is well-positioned, with a stellar team. They have eagerly embraced our aggressive forward progress – most notably our new initiatives of Cutting Edge Online Training, the most comprehensive learning platform in our industry; as well as the supply chain optimization project which promises to deliver higher financial returns to dealers paired with additional growth to vendors. 

To that end, Excell and Nissco have engaged one of the top executive search firms in the country to find their next CEO and expect to make that exciting announcement in the next 90 days. Brunschwig shares, “We are taking our time to find the right person that will drive continuous innovation within an ever-changing industry.”

Excell and Nissco expect a new CEO to supercharge the group and are only looking at seasoned executives, both inside and outside of the FE&S industry. This is an exciting moment in their trajectory, which will include positive changes for all member dealers and vendor partners.During his tenure, Brunschwig led Excell and Nissco from obscurity into the most highly regarded and respected buying groups in the industry, strengthening buying power by increasing their volume over 12x what it was in 2003, or 15% compounded annual growth over 18 years.

We wish Randy continued success and happiness in the next chapter of his life.

 

Nissco Welcomes Berner Air Curtains & World Dryer

 
We are pleased to welcome Berner Air Curtains and World Dryer to the Nissco Restaurant Dealer Group.
 
Berner's product lines include: air curtains, air doors, door heaters, bi-parting doors, strip doors and fabric duct.
 
World Dryer is a commercial hand dryer manufacturer. Its portfolio includes high-speed, energy efficient and HEPA-filtered hand dryers.

 

Nissco Welcomes Channel Manufacturing & DDI System

 
We are pleased to welcome Channel Manufacturing and DDI System to the Nissco Restaurant Dealer Group.
 
Channel Manufacturing is dedicated to servicing Food Storage and Material Handling Equipment professionals throughout the distribution and consultant network. 

DDI System's leading-edge ERP technology and industry-specific experience equips distributors with the ability to drive operational excellence, improve margins and thrive in today's competitive, changing marketplace.