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People  

President

David Shogren - St. Louis, MO

Dave has over 25 years of experience in the food industry. He began his career at Beverage Concepts in 1987 as a financial analyst and rose to the position of Director of Finance and Administration.  Then Dave joined Resource One in 1991 as its first employee.  While at Resource One, Dave worked in marketing, sales, operations and finance and rose to the position of Chief Operating Officer.  As C.O.O. Dave lead a new initiative to develop international business. As part of this initiative, Dave pioneered the China market for Resource One, cultivated several customers in Asia and built a platform for export.    In September of 2014, Dave and Linda purchased the export business from Resource one and established US International Foods as a stand-alone company.

During Dave’s long tenure in the grocery industry, he has developed a strong base of contacts with U.S. grocery suppliers. Dave’s extensive financial, marketing and operational experience provides US International Foods with the ability to analyze and develop innovative sales and marketing programs from both a practical and economic perspective. Additionally, his background in private label manufacturing gives Dave a strong foundation and common ground with grocery suppliers and manufacturers.

Throughout his career, he has been active in professional organizations and his local community, serving on the boards of various not-for-profit organizations and academic institutions. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Ripon College and as an advisory board member of The Harris House Foundation. In January 2014 Dave was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to serve on District Export Council for Missouri. In 2013 Dave was named as “Global Pioneer of the Year” by the St. Louis Regional International Partnership. Dave and US International Foods were also named by the Missouri Department of Agriculture as the “Agricultural Exporter of the Year.”

Dave attended Ripon College, where he received his B.A. degree, with a major in English and a minor in Art, and the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis, where he received an M.B.A. with emphases in both operations and marketing.



CFO

Linda Shogren - St. Louis, MO

Linda Shogren started her professional career as a public accountant and auditor with Price Waterhouse in their Boston office. For the past 25 years she has worked in the securities industry, accounting and human resources and most recently worked in the area of employee benefit plan consulting with JP Morgan and later with AON. Linda has an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis and a Bachelors degree from Wesleyan University in Connecticut.



China Representative

Ruth Gao - Shanghai, China

Ruth recently graduated with a Master’s Degree from Shanghai Maritime University, having a sound foundation in shipping and logistics. Ruth is increasing her knowledge and love of US food through trips to the States and trying a wide variety of new foods and tastes. Ruth calls on a variety of importers and retailers in China and maintains relationships with key customers. She does research in the market on our products and categories. Ruth also assists in translating documents and marketing materials into Mandarin.


Supply Chain Coordinator

Nao Kawatei - St. Louis, MO

Nao manages all of our outbound export shipments and inbound consolidation orders from suppliers, prepares all the shipping documents and coordinates our activities with freight forwarders and logistics providers. Nao joined US International Foods as a student intern while attending school at University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL). Nao graduated from UMSL in May 2015 with a degree in International Business and joined the company full time. This year UMSL was ranked #12 in the USA for international business programs. Nao is a native of Tokyo Japan and speaks fluent Japanese and English.

Locations

St. Louis, MO
Shanghai, China