Partner Biographies

Joe Chambliss, bio Gulf South Culinary Marketing
Joe Chambliss began his career in the food business at the age of 16, working part time in his family owned grocery store.  While working toward his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration at Auburn University, he worked afternoons after class and at night managing a local restaurant.  Upon completing his degree, Joe found his calling and entered the foodservice business for Schloss & Kahn Inc., as District Sales Representative in Albany Georgia.  He developed a successful territory very quickly in Southwest Georgia, generating over $3.5 million in annual sales within 3 short years with a base of over 75 active customers, earning many awards and receiving much recognition.  Twelve years later he accepted a position as District Sales Manager for the same organization but known then as PYA/Monarch, Inc.  Joe has held several management positions, including Regional Sales Manager, General Sales Manager, and in 2001 became Vice President of Sales for PYA/Monarch, Montgomery Division, which was acquired by US Foods.   Joe has 34.5 years of service to Schloss & Kahn, PYA/Monarch, and subsequently as US Foods.  In Joe’s senior leadership role as Vice President of Sales, he was responsible for 110 Territory Managers, 12 District Sales Managers, 3 Regional Sales Managers, and over $250 million in Street Sales Business.  Joe has served on the Board of Directors of the Alabama Restaurant Association since 2001.  He was chosen as the 2003 Stars of the Industry recipient for The Restaurant Supplier of the Year and was honored by the Alabama Restaurant Association and The Alabama Hospitality Association at their annual statewide “Stars of the Industry” gala event.  He remains active in the Association and has served proudly on many of the Association’s committees.

Bio Julian Alford, Gulf South Culinary MarketingJulian Alford began his foodservice career in 1978 working with Knapp Sales Brokerage located in Birmingham, Alabama.  In 1980 he moved to foodservice sales with Sunday Dinner, Schloss & Kahn Inc., as a Customer Service Representative. Julian was promoted to Sales Representative in late 1980 and worked the Montgomery, Selma, and Andalusia territory.   He then moved to the position of Business Development Manager in 1997, responsible for Government and Military accounts.  He successfully negotiated the first AFNAF Prime Vendor contract in the United States which still exists today. He was then instrumental in a collaborative effort in compiling a $14 million DSCP Troop Feeding solicitation government contract, which was awarded to PYA/Monarch, Montgomery in the year 2000. 
Julian was promoted to District Sales Manager in 2001, where he managed 25 Territory Managers.  He was then promoted to Director of Street Sales in 2006 where he supervised Regional Sales Managers, District Sales Managers and Territory Managers.  He has worked for 33 years and feels he has the in-depth knowledge and experience that will make him capable to successfully represent all aspects of the food service industry.

Bio Photo Ken ColvertKen Colvert started in the Foodservice industry in 1983 as a buyer in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  After five years at Alabama Institutional Foods, he accepted a purchasing position at Schloss and Kahn, Home of Sunday Dinner in Montgomery, Alabama starting on August 8,1988.  Schloss and Kahn had recently been acquired by PYA Monarch.  In 1994, Ken moved to Greenville, SC and spent two years in the central purchasing office of PYA Monarch before returning to Montgomery in 1996 as a Category Manager.  
In 1997, Ken was promoted to Vice President of Purchasing, managing all the Purchasing and Marketing initiatives at the Alabama division.  After being acquired by US Foodservice, later becoming US Foods, Ken focused exclusively on the Purchasing department.  In 2012, he again took responsibility for both Purchasing and Marketing as Director of Merchandising and Marketing managing a department of 25 employees and over 12,000 SKU’s.  Ken’s last day at US Foods is exactly twenty five years after his first day on August 8, 2013.