Executive Team

David & Linda Schnitzer

Owners

With a wife, three daughters, a son, and a thriving business, life is exciting and fun. With a penchant for learning and a love of people, David continually looks for ways to improve himself and those around him. David is the President and Owner of CFS and has worked in almost all areas of the business. As an example of his commitment to self improvement, David returned to college and attended ASU at the age of 44, and completed his Bachelor’s degree at age 47. David and Linda were honored by a local high school as “Parents of the Year” in 2014 and are active in community service. David is an Arizona native and likes to spend time with family, reading, going on bike rides, music, working out, and listening to lectures on just about any topic.

Linda is a survivor of Stage 3 breast cancer. Her positive nature and optimism led her to pursue her dream of singing. She has performed at numerous sporting events and even produced an album under the stage name Linda Michelle. Linda has worked periodically at CFS in the office and marketing departments. Linda likes to spend time with family, singing, cooking, working out, and watching movies.

Carl & Nadine Schnitzer

Founders

Carl and Nadine Schnitzer started Custom Food Service in 1977. Through years of hard work, and dedication to their family and employees, CFS became a strong local business. For more than 25 years, Carl developed and led CFS with his wife Nadine by his side at both work and home. His direct, honest, and fair approach became the stuff of legend within the food service community. His vast knowledge and expertise continues to benefit CFS and inspire those around him. Carl is currently the CFO and a Business Advisor at Custom Food Service. Carl and Nadine met in high school and were in the first graduating class of Central High School. They have been married for over 50 years and are proud parents of their three sons and many grandchildren.



Howard Thomas
Vice President

Howard joined our company in December of 2015. He came to us with years of experience in warehouse operations, logistics and purchasing. Most recently he served as the Purchasing Director for the Sanctuary Resort & Spa and is the former Vice President of Purchasing for AVI Foodsystems Inc. out of Warren, Ohio; a very successful family owned and operated business. He has a passion for building strong vendor relations based on a strong code of ethics and value system. He enjoys travel, spending time with friends and family, playing golf (although not well) along with sports in general. His best friend, hero and biggest supporter is his wife Kara. They enjoy hanging out together with a nice cup of coffee. He is a high energy, results oriented person driven by a strong desire to make a difference.



Mark Schnitzer
Director of Business Development

Mark Schnitzer is the Director of Business Development at Custom Food Service. Mark is a father of three. He has been working with the company since 1984. Mark started his career working in the warehouse and eventually became operations manager. Looking for new challenges, Mark made a move into purchasing where he was Purchasing Director for more than 10 years. Over that time he also became very involved with all aspects of managing and directing other departments within the corporation. Today, he utilizes his excellent knowledge in the food service industry to help our customers succeed and our company continue to grow.

Michelle Skipton
Accounting Manager

Michelle is our Controller and came to CFS with extensive experience in the field of accounting and operations management. Michelle is passionate about achieving excellence in her job and personal life. Her optimistic personality, good work ethic, and ability to listen and work well with others, is a stabilizing force for the company, fellow employees, and customers. Michelle enjoys people and is always willing to lend an ear. When Michelle is not crunching numbers or listening to our customers and staff, she loves spending time with her family, vacationing, bowling, or enjoying a good meal. Michelle devotes some of her time volunteering in her neighborhood and mentoring single moms at the House of Hope.


Melissa Mehner
Purchasing Supervisor

Melissa joined Custom Food Service in 2011 as a part time employee. Her hard work and eagerness to learn moved her through a couple of positions which landed her in purchasing where she likes the challenge of a fast moving environment (there is never a dull moment). She excels at attention to detail and strives daily to learn new things. When she is not sourcing products and finding better deals for our customers and company, Melissa enjoys spending time with family & friends. She also loves the outdoors, camping, cooking and watching movies.

Mando Mendez
Warehouse Supervisor

Mando, A California native, joined Custom Food Service in November of 2015 as a Night Shift Supervisor. With his attention to detail, honesty, loyalty, and will-do attitude, all qualities honed while he was enlisted in the Marine Corps, he quickly set himself apart. While in the Marine Corps he served as a Supply Technician, which provided him with qualities and knowledge he now passes on to Custom Food Service. His biggest motivation and support are his girlfriend, Laura, and his son, Adrian.

Polo Gutierrez
Night Warehouse Supervisor

Polo joined Custom Food Service in 2002 as a dock worker. His work ethic and dedication to self-improvement quickly landed him the job of Night Shift Supervisor. Through my years of employment at Custom Food Service I’ve learned a lot about the food distribution industry, but more importantly how to make our customers feel comfortable and our number one priority. Polo is happily married and the father of three beautiful daughters. Polo strives to be the best example he can be at Custom Food Service and in his personal life.

Robyn Schnitzer
Human Resource Manager

Energetic. Robyn possesses an upbeat, energetic personality with a flair for detail and organization. Whether the task is creating spreadsheets, benefits packets, re-designing handbooks, or helping our employees with their payroll needs, her approach is always friendly and available. Robyn finds any new task a great way to expand her mind and use her energy. In her free time, Robyn loves to be with her family and friends usually looking for new restaurants, and finding the best sales in town.

Thomas Baldridge
Consultant

Tom Baldridge’s career spans five decades in various aspects of the food industry including forty years in a variety of food service and wholesale grocery distribution management positions. Tom has served as marketing and distribution manager with both Core-Mark International and Fred Meyer Stores, Inc., Portland, Oregon, responsible for various branch operations and cash and carry wholesale outlets in Washington and Idaho. His experience includes senior management posts in two different Sysco Food Service distribution companies in Texas and California. Tom was also President of the National Food Service buying group Golbon for over twenty years working with 160 independently owned food service and retail distribution companies to improve organizational effectiveness. Presently Tom lives in Hawaii, is semi-retired and continues to assist a few carefully selected food distribution companies as a private consultant.