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.
For the past 4 years Rob has been a Regional Sales Manager for the KeHE team in the Maryland/DC area 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 Hustle and Grow. 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.
Robert was born and raised in Annapolis, MD, and has worked in the grocery/distribution industry for the last 29 Years. 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 has been a sales consultant with Kehe for the past five 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.