A.J. Letizio Sales & Marketing of Windham, NH announced today that the company has reached an agreement with M.J. Comerford Associates of Parlin, NJ to acquire their business, a strong, recognized player in the Supermarket Industry Metro NY and NJ and experts in fresh foods. In the arrangement, both Mike and Jim Comerford will be joining A.J. Letizio, continuing to work from their Parlin Office. Mike and Jim will add over 75 years of experience to A.J. Letizio and its Metro New York team. When Mike Comerford founded M.J. Comerford Associates in August of 2001, both Jim and Mike already had many successful years in the Retail Consumer Packaged goods industry. With Mike as President and Jim as Vice President, they have built an organization that provides their customers and clients with the highest quality of service and success. Some of their highly respected clients are Uno Foods, Hans Kissle, Papa Pasquale Fresh Pasta, Taste of Italy Appetizers, and Deli Express. Mike and Jim will be part of the A.J. Letizio Retail Consumer Packaged Goods Division, led by Senior Vice President, Marc DiPersio. “The combining of these two companies that have the same family, employee, and company values, is a perfect match!” says DiPersio. According to Bob Tessitore, President and COO of A.J. Letizio, “The synergies that these two organization have together are incredible, and we all look forward to working with Mike and Jim for many years to come.” Al Letizio Jr., President and CEO of A.J. Letizio, comments, “Mike and Jim have been friends to me and our organization for many years and to be able bring these two companies together is very rewarding. It becomes a huge building block to our continued growth plans and continues to fulfill A.J. Letizio’s Strategic 20-year plan.” A.J. Letizio Sales & Marketing is a Super Regional Sales Agency that entered its 32nd year in operation last week. As Windham New Hampshire’s largest private employer, A.J. Letizio and its 80 plus staff members operate out of their newly opened state of the art national headquarters in Windham and now out of its Parlin New Jersey regional headquarters. A.J. Letizio’s Retail Consumer Packaged Division operates in all States in the Eastern United States and its Foodservice & Disposable Goods Division operates in the Northeast United States.
A.J. Letizio Sales & Marketing celebrated the grand opening of its new 20,000 square foot “A.J. Letizio Enterprise Center” on September 6th, 2019, with a crowd of nearly 400 guests on hand. Located on Enterprise Drive in Windham, New Hampshire, the newly built facility will serve as the national headquarters for the A.J. Letizio Sales & Marketing Company, a leading sales agency for Retail Consumer Packaged Goods as well as Foodservice and Disposable Goods throughout the eastern United States. The company operated a smaller building at the same location over the last 19 years but demolished that one in 2018 to make way for the larger facility to be built in its place, in accordance with the company’s 20-year strategic plan. Among the numerous guests on hand were local, State and County officials, several Senators and House of Representative members from New Hampshire and Massachusetts, officials from the Massachusetts and New Hampshire Food Associations, Greater Boston Food Bank, Community Development and Chamber of Commerce officials. Five generations of the Letizio family joined Al Letizio, Jr and wife Patti, along with close friends, neighbors, clients and customers from across the United States on the bright sunny summer morning, where hundreds assembled for the blessing of the new building delivered by Father Brian Kennedy of Saint Matthew Parish. CEO Al Letizio, Jr. welcomed everyone and key note remarks were made by New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu who called the new A.J. Letizio facility “perhaps the most technologically advanced facility of its kind in the state.” Al Letizio, Jr. reflected on the company’s history in the food industry dating back to the family meat market in 1912, and the founding of the A.J. Letizio Sales & Marketing in 1988, reminding his more than 75 team members present that although they should all be mindful of the family’s long traditions, that the company’s focus is on the horizon and on the future, remarking on A.J. Letizio’s more than 50% growth in sales since 2015. “In a world of corporate acquisition and short-term business strategies, we have remained consistent, reliable and resolute over the last 30-plus years. While others are focused on the short term, our decision making is based upon long term partnerships and upon executing our 20-year corporate game plan. Today we celebrate with you, our friends, the grand opening of the new A.J. Letizio Enterprise Center, the new national headquarters of A.J. Letizio Sales & Marketing and the new home for local small business entrepreneurs seeking a professional and collegial environment in which to work and meet.” The new facility features a combination of a historically inspired castle tower and stone walls, to a modern, highly technologically advanced workspace of fully appointed offices, meeting spaces accommodating groups up to 105 guests. The fully appointed test kitchen was staffed by more than a dozen chefs from the A.J. Letizio Culinary team who provided hand crafted delicacies for hundreds of guests who toured the facility all day long.
A.J. Letizio Sales & Marketing, Inc. is pleased to announce that Cassie Miller-Leone will join its Foodservice & Disposable Goods Division. Cassie will serve as an Account Manager/K-12 Specialist in the Upstate New York Market and will be joining the A.J. Letizio delegation at the 2019 School Nutrition Association ANC. Cassie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Siena College in Loudonville, NY. An expert in hospitality, Cassie has held several positions in the hotel business including General Manager. Cassie has seven years of experience in the industry, including roles in hospitality, food sales, and K-12/school nutrition. Cassie joins A.J. Letizio from her most recent position at Acosta Sales & Marketing where she served as a Field Account Manager/Distributor Account Manager. Cassie’s passion and skill led to her eventual responsibility for all K-12 accounts in her territory. A.J. Letizio’s Upstate New York team is poised for growth, and Cassie is the perfect next addition. “Our K-12/School Nutrition business is incredibly important to us across our whole territory,” said SVP Adam Letizio, “so we could not be more thrilled to be adding Cassie to the team.”
A.J. Letizio Sales & Marketing, Inc. is pleased to announce that Bill McGillivray will join its Foodservice & Disposable Goods Division. Bill will serve as Regional Corporate Chef and Business Manager in the Upstate New York Market. Bill holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Business/Music Education from the Berklee College of Music. He also studied at the Institute of Culinary Education in New York. Bill has over 25 years of experience in the food business and sales. Bill has served in a variety of positions, including time as a regional sales manager, corporate chef, and broker. Bill joins A.J. Letizio from his most recent position at G.E.M. Food Brokers. Bill has been a member of the American Culinary Federation for four years and has been recognized as the 2014 Taste of the World Chef Culinary Conference Chopped Champion and a 2018 Brookwood Farms Best Recipe finalist. Bill’s proven record and dedication are a perfect fit for his new role. According to SVP Adam Letizio, “We are approaching the first anniversary of our territory expansion, and Bill is the ideal person to help our superb UNY team become even stronger.” Bill resides in Liverpool, New York with his family. An avid drummer, Bill can frequently be found rocking stages in his spare time.