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Bay Food Recognizes National Nonprofit Day

Our food brokerage services team loves giving back to the community. In recognition of National Nonprofit Day 2022 on Aug. 17, we’re celebrating our team’s charitable efforts and the many amazing nonprofits we proudly support.

More than a Food Brokerage Services Company

At Bay Food Brokerage, we are proud to foster a company culture that places great importance on serving our community. Simply put, we believe in giving back and getting involved.

This means our team members:

  • Serve on nonprofit and professional association boards
  • Volunteer their time to charities
  • Belong to industry and business organizations

We host group volunteering opportunities and sponsor fundraising events. Also, we give every member of our team paid time off to volunteer with a charity of their choosing each month.

Below are some of the many organizations our food brokerage services company and our team members are involved in and support.

Happy National Nonprofit Day 2022 to Charities We Support

Members of our leadership team currently hold or have held board memberships with the following organizations:

  • Jesuit High School: A 501(c)(3) Catholic, Jesuit college preparatory school located in Tampa. The school’s motto is “Men for Others.”
  • Get Live 45 Foundation: Founded by Tampa Bay Buccaneers player Devin White. The mission is to give the magic of hope and comfort during life’s meaningful moments to Tampa-area foster children.
  • Bob’s Big Give: A grassroots organization donating 100% of all proceeds to those less-fortunate.
  • Tampa Bay Chamber: A Tampa not-for-profit business membership organization that helps promote the businesses and business interests of members.

Our food brokerage services company has also supported the following organizations with donations, sponsorships and volunteer hours:

  • Feeding Tampa Bay: The leading the movement to end hunger in Tampa Bay. Our CEO and president Cammie Chatterton currently serves on the Capital Campaign Committee.
  • Metropolitan Ministries: Offers services for at-risk and homeless families in underserved and impoverished communities. The Bay Food team collects items for the barrel drives five times a year. Also, we participate in volunteering at the Holiday Tent every year and support with donations year-round.
  • A Kid’s Place: A residential program that serves children from birth to age 18 who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or abandonment. Bay Food recently hosted a school clothing drive and has been an annual picnic sponsor.
  • OneBlood: Aims to enhance the health and well-being of others through work with blood and stem cell products and by facilitating scientific research. For the past couple of years, the OneBlood bus has visited our office quarterly to make it easy for our staff to donate blood.
  • NephCure Kidney International:  This organization funds research for effective treatments for rare forms of kidney disease. It also provides education and support to improve the lives of those affected by kidney diseases. For many years, our food brokerage services company has been a sponsor of the Pig Jig fundraising event in Tampa, which benefits this charity.
  • Frameworks of Tampa Bay: Empowers educators, youth services professionals, and parents and guardians with training, coaching and resources to equip youth with emotional intelligence skills.
  • Special Olympics: Offers programming in sports, health, education and community building. Special Olympics is tackling the inactivity, stigma, isolation and injustice that people with intellectual disabilities (ID) face.

We wish all these wonderful nonprofits a happy National Nonprofit Day 2022!

Looking for a food brokerage services partner that values community involvement? Contact us today to learn more about Bay Food Brokerage.

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Introducing Tori Bodenhamer, Our New Account Executive

Bay Food Brokerage is proud to announce we’ve expanded our team by hiring Southeast CPG broker Tori Bodenhamer as an account executive. Tori has more than 15 years of experience in consumer packaged goods (CPG) sales and national account management. She’ll be based out of our Carolinas office in Lake Wylie, S.C., and lives in Winston-Salem, N.C.

In her new role as a Southeast CPG broker, Tori will focus on growing Bay Food Brokerage’s accounts with center store manufacturers. She will also collaborate with clients and teams at retailers throughout the Southeast – such as Harris Teeter, Southeastern Grocers, Ingles, Lowes Foods and The Fresh Market – working to grow sales and gain new placement of products.

“Tori’s been in this market for a long time and knows the retailers and their expectations,” said Gary Royal, vice president of sales at Bay Food Brokerage. “We’re confident she can help us grow our center store manufacturers in the Carolinas market. She’s hit the ground running.”

Prior to joining Bay Food Brokerage, Tori served as business development manager/key accounts manager for Ole Mexican Foods Inc. Prior to that, she was regional/national account manager for CJ Foods, the market leader in Korean frozen and shelf-stable food in the U.S. She also spent 17 years in the beer industry, working in marketing and account manager roles for various breweries.

Tori holds a Bachelor of Arts in sociology with a criminal justice concentration. She also has a Masters Certificate in family life education and coaching. She earned both distinctions from North Carolina State University.

An active volunteer for Laurel Ridge Moravian Church Camp, Tori regularly serves as a camp counselor for kids. She is also a member of the Family Life Coaching Association, has volunteered for Big Brothers Big Sisters, and supports the Arts Council in Winston-Salem. She has also participated in many charitable events hosted by kickboxing gym RockBox.

“I’m excited to take this next step in my career as a Southeast CPG broker. It will allow me to deepen relationships with retailers I know, and I’ll get to work with them now on multiple accounts instead of only one,” Tori said. “We have a lot of opportunities in this market, and I’m looking forward to helping Bay Food expand its market share here.”

Get to Know Tori, Account Executive and Southeast CPG Broker

What are your hobbies?

I love kickboxing at RockBox, playing with my Bodie Boone (dog), and actively participating in my bonus kids’ recitals, soccer and basketball games. I love taking photos at their events, as well as watching and taking photos of Charlie playing soccer. Charlie and I try to go out dancing as much as time and the events we attend allow. I have a love of music and dancing. I also love being in nature anytime I can, even if that means bringing my laptop outside into nature and working that way.

What is your favorite part of your job?

As a Southeast CPG broker, I love building relationships with our accounts and vendors. A big part of building relationships is through trust, and I am hopeful that my accounts and vendors will see me as a person of integrity when it comes to working with me and Bay Food Brokerage.  I want to celebrate wins with our vendors. If you don’t ask, the answer is always a “no”…so, I just keep asking until we win!

What are some small things that make your day better?

Bodie (dog) and Gremlin (cat). They spend time with me in my home office. Charlie always makes me smile and laugh, as well.

What’s the first concert you attended?

Reba McEntire with Sawyer Brown and Brooks and Dunn. I will never forget Kix Brooks coming out into the audience and two-stepping with fans. It was crazy to watch. They are such a big act now that they couldn’t do that, but then they were just getting started.

What’s the best professional advice you’ve ever received? 

Be patient. You normally get seven no’s before the yes happens.

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Recent Awards and Recognition

May and June have been full of celebrations for the Bay Food Brokerage team! Three news publications featured our food brokerage company and our leaders. And two of those involved special recognition for our CEO and President, Cammie Chatterton.

Tampa Bay Business & Wealth Cover Story

The May issue of Tampa Bay Business & Wealth magazine features Cammie and her son, Chris Chatterton, Bay Food’s Executive Vice President, on its cover.

The article, which is included in the Mother’s Day issue, features their dynamic mother-son relationship, both at home and in the office. It also covers their community involvement, dedication to their team, and their succession plans for their food brokerage company.

Tampa Bay Business & Wealth is a regional print and online publication for business leaders affecting change in the Tampa Bay area.

You can read the article here (starting on page 24). Also, watch some of what Cammie had to say at the publication’s May 24 CEO Connect event in this video.

Business Observer’s Top Entrepreneur 2022

In its May 13 issue, the Business Observer newspaper honored Cammie as one of its Top Entrepreneurs for 2022. Our team attended a special luncheon to celebrate her and the six other amazing honorees.

The article featuring Cammie in the annual Top Entrepreneurs issue covers how she blazed a trail for female entrepreneurs when she founded her food brokerage company in 1993. It also covers the challenges she’s faced over the years – and how she’s overcome them – and her best advice for fellow business owners.

The Business Observer is a weekly newspaper for executives on the west coast of Florida, from Pasco County down to Collier County.

You can read the article here. And you can watch a special video featuring Cammie here.

Progressive Grocer’s Top Women in Grocery

In its June issue, food industry trade publication Progressive Grocer recognized Cammie in its annual list of Top Women in Grocery. Judges selected the honorees based on the women’s extraordinary accomplishments between April 2021 and March 2022.

During this time-frame, Cammie led her food brokerage company to tremendous revenue growth. This is particularly remarkable, given supply chain problems and the pandemic. She also took on four new leadership roles with regional charitable and business organizations.

Established in 1922, Progressive Grocer is a national print and online news outlet for the retail food industry.

You can see Cammie’s recognition here.

We are so proud of our entire team for their hard work and dedication to our clients! If you’re looking for a food brokerage company that gets results without compromising customer service, contact us today.

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Team Member Spotlight: Christina Akers, Account Executive

In this Team Member Spotlight, we feature Christina Akers, a top-notch Southeast broker who represents our clients in major retailers in the Carolinas and Georgia.

Christina joined the Bay Food Brokerage family in 2011 as a retail representative. Today, as an Account Executive, she works with our food manufacturing clients selling in all grocery store departments.

Based in the Lake Wylie, S.C., office, she works with the following retail partners:

Get to know this all-star Southeast broker through her own stories and insights, which she shares below.

Christina Akers Southeast Broker Headshot

Can you tell us a little bit about your career and educational/professional background?

I graduated from Glenville State College with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, and Marshall University with a Master of Science in Psychological Counseling and Human Behavior Patterns. I’ve been with Bay Food Brokerage over 11 years. I started as a field rep and have worked my way up through the ranks to Account Executive.

As a Southeast broker, what do you like most about working in the retail food industry?

My favorite part of the grocery industry is the fast pace and the fact that it is always changing. I am always anxious to see what is coming up next.

What do you like most about your current role as a Southeast broker and/or working at Bay Food Brokerage? 

I enjoy working with a strong team. As a leading Southeast broker, Bay Food has many years of experience to offer in the grocery industry. I like managing my own accounts but still contributing to the company’s overall success.

What’s the biggest work-related challenge you’ve ever faced and how did you overcome it? 

The biggest work-related challenge I have ever faced is building accounts from ground

zero. Our industry is about relationships, and building them from nothing takes time and a lot of hours of hard work. Once my foot is in the door, I work hard to gain respect from customers to continue building the relationship.

What advice would you give someone interested in pursuing your line of work? 

My advice for anyone entering the industry is to shadow people who currently have positions of interest and do your homework. This industry forces you to wear many hats, and you must be flexible.

What’s the best piece of business advice you’ve ever received, and why?

“Christina, you are not doing brain surgery. Stop being so hard on yourself. No one is going to die if you make a mistake!”

Care to share a highpoint in your career and what it meant to you?

The best feeling in the world is when you see your clients’ products on the grocery store shelf for the first time after all your hard work.

What are some of your personal hobbies outside of work?

Enjoying the outdoors and traveling.

Care to tell us about your family?

I come from a big family, and we are very close. Currently, I live with my two boxers, Gus and Gertie. Yes, I said live with because anyone who has boxers knows that it’s their house and we just live in it!

What might someone be surprised to learn about you?

I love to read.

What was the first concert you attended?


What are some small things that make your day better?


What’s your favorite sports team and/or sport?

College football.

What could you give a 40-minute presentation on with absolutely no preparation?

The grocery industry, camping, living with two boxers, and make-up application.

Lightning Round – Christina’s Favorites

  • Food or cuisine: Italian
  • Movie: Dirty Dancing
  • Song: Anything by Elton John
  • Place: Home

At Bay Food Brokerage, our team and our clients are like family! Contact us today if you’re interested in how Christina or another member of our Southeast broker team can serve you.

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Cammie Chatterton Joins Get Live 45 Foundation Executive Board

Our Owner, President and CEO Cammie Chatterton has joined the executive board of the nonprofit Get Live 45 Foundation.

About the Get Live 45 Foundation

Founded in 2021 by Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Devin White, the purpose of the Get Live 45 Foundation is to give the magic of hope and comfort during life’s meaningful moments to Tampa-area foster children.

“Devin focuses on the youth in our community and how we can make their lives better, and my focus on giving back has always been connected with children,” Cammie said. “Our children are our future, and we all must do more to show them that they are loved and cared for in this world. Devin is doing exactly that with his foundation, and I am thrilled and honored to be a part of his vision.”

Devin White launched the Get Live 45 Foundation with a gala on Dec. 13. The event raised over $197,000 through sponsorships, ticket sales, live and silent auction items, and donations. Event proceeds supported the foundation’s 2021 Christmas program for children in foster care. They will also support the foundation’s future back-to-school and graduation outreach programs.

Community Involvement

Cammie is very active in the local nonprofit and business community. In addition to the Get Live 45 Foundation board, she also currently serves as as a member of:

  • The board of directors for the capital campaign of Feeding Tampa Bay
  • The board of directors for the Tampa Bay Chamber
  • CEO Council of Tampa Bay
  • The Jesuit High School Parent Alumni organization

“Getting involved in our local community is extremely important to me, personally, and to our whole team at Bay Food Brokerage,” Cammie said. “We love giving back and paying it forward.”

Community service is an important part of the Bay Food Brokerage culture. Learn about other nonprofit organizations we support here.

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Introducing Erin McCulloch-Crume, Our New Director of Deli & Emerging Business

Bay Food Brokerage is excited to introduce our new Director of Deli & Emerging Business, Erin McCulloch-Crume! A highly educated food industry professional, Erin joins our food brokerage company with more than 15 years’ experience in manufacturing, sales, marketing and product management.

In her new role, Erin will focus on continuing to grow the perishable side of the brokerage business by bringing on new food manufacturer clients. She will also collaborate with our food brokerage company’s clients and deli teams at existing retailer partners. This means leading Bay Food Brokerage’s deli sales team in growing sales and gaining new placement in the Southeast.

“It’s rare to find someone with Erin’s combination of extensive education and experience at all levels of the food supply chain,” said Cammie Chatterton, owner, president and CEO of Bay Food Brokerage. “She’s able to offer out-of-the-box thinking and creative solutions to help our clients succeed. We’re thrilled she’s joined the Bay Food family.”

Professional Background & Education

Prior to joining our food brokerage company, Erin served as national account manager at Reser’s Fine Foods. Reser’s is a manufacturer and distributor of fresh and refrigerated prepared foods. There, she worked with retailers such as Publix, Southeastern Grocers, Harris Teeter, The Fresh Market, Ahold Delhaize USA and Aldi to grow sales through strong collaboration. The company recognized her as National Sales Manager of the Year in 2020.

Prior to Reser’s, she worked as senior business development manager at SVZ. SVZ produces and supplies fruit and vegetable ingredients to food manufacturers. In this role, she oversaw inside sales, project management, marketing and business development departments, and worked closely with farmers.

Her career in the food industry began at Dot Foods, the largest food re-distributor in North America. There, she earned direct experience with the food supply chain. When she left the company, she was business development manager – new suppliers retail channel. She was Dot Foods’ Regional Sales Manager of the Year in 2015 and 2016.

Erin holds a bachelor’s degree in finance, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and a master’s degree in supply chain, logistics and operations, all from Fontbonne University. She is a member of the Carolinas Food Industry Council (CFIC) and Grocery Manufacturers’ Representatives (GMR).

Why the move to a food brokerage company?

“I’m excited to take this next step in my career, with a leading retail food brokerage company here in the Southeast,” Erin said. “The industry is always evolving, and Bay Food Brokerage is constantly re-investing in both technology and people. This ensures we’re the best advocates for our clients and our retail partners.”

Get to Know Erin

  • What might someone be surprised to learn about you?

I am a small-town girl, growing up in Central Missouri, where my favorite pastime was spending time out at my grandparents’ farm. We had cows, horses, pigs, and quite a few dogs and cats. My cousins and I would love to play in the hay loft and feed the cows salt licks.

  • If you could meet anyone in the world, living or deceased, who would it be, and why?

Ruth Bader Ginsburg. I admire that she never gave up on her dream to follow her passion and break down barriers that so many before her could not figure out how to do. She changed the way society and the law view women’s rights. And she did it all while keeping family first, not wavering from her true self.

  • What are some small things that make your day better?

My son’s little hand in mine. The look our French Bulldog, Abel, gives me when he wants some attention. Hearing my husband tell me about his day. And a nice glass of red wine!

  • What’s your favorite food?

Italian. If I could eat pasta and bread every day, I would!

  • What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

Where this is an issue, there is opportunity. Look at every problem with a solution lens and get creative on solving the problem. This is how you become a true partner versus just another salesperson.

When you work with our food brokerage company, you become part of the Bay Food family! Contact us today to learn how we can help your team grow in the Southeast.

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Team Member Spotlight: Gary Royal, VP of Sales

Our company recently expanded operations with the addition of a new division focused on consumer packaged goods (CPG). For over 27 years we’ve been known for our work with perishables, and now we’ve added “CPG broker” to our official resume. And at the helm of the Center Store Division is Vice President of Sales Gary Royal, who we’re proud to spotlight in this blog post.

Gary came to Bay Food Brokerage with more than two decades of experience in the specialty and natural food industry. He spent 15 years at KeHE Distributors, where he worked with many key retailers across the U.S. While at KeHE, he won numerous sales and leadership awards. Gary also created the Golfing for Kidz charity event to give back to less fortunate children.

Now, he oversees Bay Food Brokerage’s new Center Store Division and its team of account executives. Also, as a CPG broker, he oversees direct business for center store products, as well as any products that involve a food distributor.

Our Center Store Division works with food manufacturers of consumer package goods, such as non-perishable canned, boxed and bagged foods, and shelf-stable beverages. As a CPG broker, we act as the sales and marketing team for our center store clients. We partner with large retailers like Publix, Winn-Dixie, Harris Teeter and others, to sell their clients’ food products in their stores.

When asked why he decided to join our team at Bay Food Brokerage, Gary said:

“Bay Food Brokerage is a true Southeast broker, with very deep knowledge and relationships in this market and a strong investment in the community. We also provide more support to clients – with a large team of both account executives and support staff – than other brokerages I know. Our clients appreciate that commitment to doing what’s best for their business.”

Get to Know Gary, VP of Sales and CPG Broker

  • What are your hobbies?
  • Golfing and fishing.

  • What might someone be surprised to learn about you?
  • From 1999 to 2009, I relocated for work (with the same company) 8 times in 6 different states.

  • What’s your favorite food?
  • Tough question, and I can’t single out one. I enjoy BBQ, Mexican and Italian foods all about the same.

  • What was the first concert you attended?
  • Garth Brooks in Tampa, Florida.

  • What are some small things that make your day better?
  • A drive home with minimal traffic and no phone calls. Sometimes I just need that 45 minutes to unwind from the day and listen to music. Also, cooking/BBQ outside with friends and family.

  • What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
  • I have always strived to “treat others how you would like to be treated.” I also learned at a young age that if I wanted to be successful in life, I’d have to be determined and dedicated to working hard. I also like to surround myself with great team members that have the same work ethic.

    When you work with our company, you become part of the Bay Food family! Contact us today to learn how we can help your team grow in the Southeast.

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