I entered the world of foodservice equipment in 1991 accepting a sales position at Taylor Freezer Sales of Arizona. I had no idea what I was getting myself into!
I spent a month delivering products with the installation crew to learn the ins and outs. Between electrical, plumbing, application, and specifying I thought I may have made a mistake for the first year. There was a lot to learn. I loved meeting people and working with everyone involved in the business!
In May of 2007 I was asked to manage Ventana Distributing Company. I was extremely familiar and impressed by Hoshizaki products, and had sold hundreds of machines in previous positions. There’s nothing like knowing you represent the best there is!
Ten years later, I feel the same way! Hoshizaki has grown and now includes refrigeration built with superior features that separate them from the competition just like their ice equipment. It is a privilege to represent them!
My career began in the late 80’s as an HVAC technician in the Portland Oregon market. After that the company I was working for was purchased by a competitor, I chose to start my own business rather than being moved to the Detroit area.
I found myself over the next decade taking on new challenges and I bought and sold a few businesses. In 2006, my wife and I sold our business in Portland and took some time off. We came to the southwest on vacation and loved it so much we moved here and opened a refrigeration business where I did a fair amount of work with Hoshizaki and Ventana. In 2013 I sold my refrigeration business and relocated back to Portland.
I kept in touch with Randy at Ventana through the next few years and in March of 2017 it became official! Ventana and Hoshizaki are a great combination and I am grateful to be a part of the team.
I left a great job in Michigan working for an Anhueser Busch distributor in 1981 and moved to Arizona to avoid long winters and short summers. I joined Taylor Freezer in 1983 and soon after moved to Ventana Distributing. At the time Hoshizaki only had four models available, all shipping from Japan. Hoshizaki has since built two plants in Georgia and most every model is now American made.
It has been a great ride and I have enjoyed selling the world’s best ice machine and refrigerated equipment. It gives me a great deal of pleasure to know our customers are getting the best equipment in the market place and I love getting positive feedback from my customers.
I thought about changing my name to Ice Cube but unfortunately that name was taken!
Accounting Assistant, Ventana Distributing Company
Courtney began working at Taylor Freezer Sales of Arizona in February of 2013 as an Administrative Assistant. In January of 2016, she moved into the Accounting position for Ventana Distributing.
She is responsible for the accounts receivable, accounts payable, processing of all equipment sales orders, including the purchasing of equipment and customer invoicing for Ventana Distributing.
Courtney is truly passionate about her position and strives to ensure operational excellence in every aspect of her job. She is currently in the process of continuing her education and working towards an Accounting degree.
On a personal note, she moved to the Phoenix area in September of 2006, from Germantown, Wisconsin and is a huge Green Bay Packers fan and tries to never miss a game!