Over the past four months, Irving-based Epic Sales Partners has welcomed Jill Shoush, John Timpano, and Mark Buckley to its team, a trio that combined, brings more than 100 years of retail and sales experience to Epic’s clients.
The company said it is building the largest independent, commonly owned, and managed food sales agency in the United States.
With over 35 years of experience as fresh food catalysts, Epic said it understands that their clients’ success is tied to quality advice, category expertise, and consistent retail execution.
Shoush, as senior vice president of business development, leads Epic teams calling on Wal-Mart, Sam’s, and North Texas retailers such as Brookshires, Albertson’s Southern, and Affiliated Foods. Shoush is based out of Epic’s corporate headquarters in Irving.
She comes to Epic with more than 25 years of experience in CPG business development and sales leadership, most recently with Animal Supply Company where she was the SVP of sales. The company said Shoush prides herself in developing deep, trusted, long-term relationships with her customers and her team.
“Jill brings a fresh perspective to Epic that will move the company forward during our rapid expansion,” David Huddle, president for Epic (Central), said in a statement. “With over 25 years of experience in the perishable food industry, Jill is a great asset for our clients and retailers who depend on seasoned expertise to achieve their sales goals.”
Timpano as director of business development, leads Epic’s relationship with Albertson’s Own Brands, Corporate Procurement, and Merchandising teams in meat, seafood, and ready meals, the company said.
Timpano is based in Boise, Idaho, where he will be growing Epic’s presence in that market. He has 45 years of experience at Albertson’s where he held positions as manager of divisional operations for meat and seafood, category manager focusing on meat and seafood in multiple regions, and most recently, the procurement director for private label meat and poultry.
The company said that Timpano’s knowledge of retail, as well as his work in multiple marketing regions, will help drive Epic’s national growth.
Buckley is a key account manager, responsible for bakery relationships and execution at Albertson’s Texas banners, including United, Randall’s, and Tom Thumb.
He is based in Irving and joins Epic from Albertsons where he has 37 years of experience. Buckley started in Albertson’s bakery department frying donuts and grew in his career to be the bakery sales manager for Albertson’s Northwest territory.
“John and Mark are retail veterans,” Mark Wilhelm, president of Epic (West), said in a statement. “They know how retailers think and execute to achieve their customer goals. They also bring a wealth of experience with Albertsons, a winning retailer where insights and relationships will be crucial with its proposed Kroger transaction.”
Epic Sales Partners, Inc. provides headquarter management, retail merchandising, sales administration, data analytics, retail technology and other selling services for the fresh, specialty, natural, and organic departments.
It serves nearly 100 retailers on behalf of over 350 food manufacturers generating retail sales of $1 billion annually.
With over 35 years of experience, Epic has nearly 200 associates with an average tenure of 7.3 years who are trusted category experts that add value to retailers and manufacturers across America.
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