Michael Patota Suwanee Ga
- Oakwood GA
Over the course of his career, food industry sales professional Michael Patota of Suwanee, GA, has leveraged industry and strategic acumen to strengthen brand performance. He entered the industry as an account manager for ConAgra Foods, where after only a year he accepted a promotion to the role of region manager. Continuing to rise through levels of increasing responsibility, Michael Patota of Suwanee, GA, then became a regional corporate sales manager in the Chicago market.
Successful in growing overall revenue and creating new accounts with area restaurants, Michael Patota increased profitability and overall sales across the company's 13 brand categories. He then left ConAgra Foods to become director of central region sales for Aurora Foods, where he strengthened annual sales by 25 percent. During the same time, Mr. Patota also secured accounts with such major purchasers as Old Country Buffet, Country Kitchen, and Big Boy.
Later named director of corporate accounts for Pinnacle Foods, Mr. Patota drove 20 percent growth and facilitated re-distribution plans for key accounts Sisco and Dot Foods. He then relocated to Georgia to serve for six years as national accounts sales manager with Wayne Farms. He now leads as vice president of sales for Julian's Recipe, LLC, in which position he has facilitated the acquisition of accounts with such major buyers as Starbucks and Jamba Juice, while also negotiating relationships with supplier companies.