Born in New Jersey and growing up outside of Philadelphia, Mike started off in various clothing retail stores in King of Prussia mall. As Mike got older, he moved onto grocery retail. He started at Giant Foods Stores and went from a regular grocery associate to dairy lead in a short amount of time. In that role, Mike learned how to merchandise and represent brands that people loved to shop for.
After 6+ years with Giant, Mike was given an opportunity to join Whole Foods Market. Working at Whole Foods opened a door to many different natural organic products that he learned about for the first time, coming from the conventional grocery side of things. He quickly developed a passion to better understand and promote these products so customers can truly understand what it means to shop natural organic products. This led to a love for merchandising even more by building displays, working with various vendors, and setting up demos to help promote items customers would love to enjoy. In two years time, Mike went from team member to dairy buyer, and then was promoted to ATL of the grocery department. He is excited to use his skills and push himself to develop relationships with different natural organic companies.
Mike loves to love spending time with his wife and daughter, taking trips to see different places! He also happens to be one of the biggest Philly sports fans you'll ever meet. He loves the Philadelphia Eagles! You can catch him every Sunday rooting for the birds!
Robert was born and raised in Annapolis, MD, and has worked in the grocery/distribution industry for over three decades. He has held various positions over the years, from Assistant Store Manager with Safeway to Merchandising Manager at Gourmet Awards and DPI Mid Atlantic. Robert enjoys working with natural and organic brands and loves bringing them home to his family to promote a healthy lifestyle. Robert was a sales consultant with Kehe for 5 years, adding another dimension to his career.
In his leisure time, Robert enjoys taking long walks with his wife and spending time with his two children when they are home from college.
Eastern Regional Director
Born and raised just outside of Baltimore, MD, Rob started his grocery career at the age of 16 working for Safeway. He started as a parcel pickup employee and through 15 years of hard work and learning every aspect of the Grocery store was moved into the Store Manager ranks. Rob then went onto the sales side of the business working as a Sales Rep and District Manager for the Kellogg's company. While in these roles, he learned to develop relationships and really figure out how to grow the business.
Before joining Yin Yang Naturals, Rob was a Regional Sales Manager for the KeHE team in the Maryland/DC area for four years, working closely with both chain retailers and independent markets. Rob has grown to love working in the natural industry and gets excited about brands that fit his lifestyle. He spends his spare time watching his 2 sons play sports and gardening with his wife.
Sam was born and raised just outside of Seattle, WA. Growing up, she didn’t have much exposure to healthy eating and natural foods. She started working with Whole Foods in 2011 and she remembers her first day, walking through the aisles, unable to recognize a single brand. Today, she feels lost in conventional grocery stores. She spent 5 years with WFM and most of that time was spent in Grocery where she fell in love with merchandising, buying, and working directly with vendors. She also spent time in a grocery co-op before coming to Yin Yang Naturals. Natural foods changed her life and she is grateful for the community and conversations around health that are now present in her life.
She recently made a big leap and moved across the country to experience the other coast and a change of pace. On a weeknight, you can find her walking along the harbor in Fell’s Point with her fur child or eating unreasonable amounts of oysters.