Executive Team

David & Linda Schnitzer


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


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.

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