Al Letizio, Jr.
Al Letizio, Jr. is the co-founder of A.J. Letizio Sales & Marketing, the 4th generation of Letizio family members in an unbroken chain of industry experience dating back to 1912. Al grew up working n the family markets as a meat cutter, in his father’s enterprises as a warehouseman and truck driver at Agar Supply and in manufacturing and production at Genoa Sausage Company. After earning a BS from the University of Massachusetts in 1981, Al entered the food brokerage business and spent 6 years with Try-Angle Foods in Boston before venturing off to co-found A.J. Letizio Sales & Marketing with wife Patti Letizio. Under his leadership, the company has grown from the founding team of two people to a team of fifty, successfully serving clients, across the Retail and Foodservice/Non-Foods Industries in more than sixteen states. Al serves currently as the company CEO. Additionally, Al is a board member for the New England Food Foundation, Massachusetts Food Association and previously with the Northeast Fresh Foods Alliance. Al serves and has served on his town’s Board of Selectman, School Board, Economic Development Committee and has served in leadership roles in Boy Scouts of America and numerous other community service organizations. Al also provides consultative services to the retail and foodservice sectors as an industry expert as well as in various advisory roles in professional, business, governmental organizations.
Senior Vice President, Retail Division
Bob has lead the A.J. Letizio Retail Division since 2005, through years of the company’s most significant growth and expansion. Bob has guided the company through strategic expansion in category coverage as well as significant expansion in geographic regions served. His extensive experience in the retail food industry includes Department Director roles in Deli/ Bakery with Supervalu Corporation in Maine, Rhode Island and Florida and with C&S Wholesale Grocers in Vermont. Bob grew up in the industry gaining experience at retail as a meat cutter and earning positions as deli and bakery manager with Waldbaums in New York. He earned an MBA in International Business Management as well as a BA in Marketing and Management from American Intercontinental University. He attended University of New York-Stonybrook, Suffolk College New York, the American Institute of Baking and Cornell University’s Food Executive Program. Bob has served as Director and Treasurer of Northeast Fresh Foods Alliance and on the Board of Directors with the Maine Grocers Association. He has been the recipient of 5 Progressive Grocer Advertising Excellence Awards and currently serves his community as a youth athletic coach on the court as well as off the court in providing his expertise and leadership in the guidance and management of the organization.
Senior Vice President, Foodservice and Non-Foods Division
Paul Abdalian graduated with distinction from the Culinary Institute of America and went on post-graduation to serve a fellowship teaching position at the CIA. He has extensive foodservice experience having served as an Executive Chef, Banquet Chef, Restaurateur and Foodservice Director at a variety of top restaurants, hotels and country clubs in the Boston area. During Paul’s tenure of leadership at A.J. Letizio, the company has expanded service to the School Nutrition Sector and the Non-Foods/ Disposable Products sectors. Paul has over 40 years of experience in the foodservice industry, including more than 25 years as a foodservice broker in New England as a Principal with Food Service Sales Company. He assisted in setting up the first Culinary Arts program for project Head Start and has served on numerous Broker Advisory Boards for Manufacturers. Paul continues to provide Technical Sales Training for every major New England Foodservice distributor.
Director of Operations
Mike directs Inside Sales Support and all aspects of Customer Service for all divisions of the company. In this role Mike manages the company’s Retail Merchandising, coordinates all sales support efforts and manages oversees all logistics and facility operations. Mike earned a Bachelor of Science in Management with Keene State University. Mike has served in Management and direction of Customer Service Team with Lechmere Corporation of Boston. He has been recognized nationally among peer for excellence in Manufacturer Business Management and Strategic Planning. During Mike’s decades of tenure and leadership at A.J. Letizio, he has maintained the core values of the organization and continued to foster the “small company” feel of dedicated personalized service that has always been the hallmark of the company’s reputation since its onset. Mike has adapted that culture of service through the growth and transformation of the company into the larger organization it is today.
Director of Technical and Administrative Support
Sandy directs all aspects of the company’s technology systems and oversees administration and day to day financial operations and fleet management for the company. In this role Sandy conducts the company’s monthly performance reporting and forecasting systems for all divisions. A Certified Network Administrator, During Sandy’s decades of leadership at A.J. Letizio, the company has remained at the cutting edge as a leader in utilizing technology to grow and develop the business of our clients and customers. Sandy’s industry experience includes positions served in headquarters operational management with Purity Supreme Supermarkets and Lil’ Peach Convenience Stores. A certified Notary Public in New Hampshire, Sandy has served her community extensively in the judicial system as an advocate for children’s rights.