SOUTHWEST

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ASHLEE BENNETT

Regional Manager: Rocky Mountain + Southwest

ashlee@yinyangnaturals.com

Ashlee was born and raised in Boulder, CO, where the natural beauty and culture of health and wellness helped to shape her world outlook and ultimately bring her to the Natural Foods Industry. She has a BA from Colorado University in International Affairs and earned her MS from Penn State, where she studied Geography with an emphasis on global food systems. Her passion for all things food easily translated to the broker world, where she has worked with Colorado-based natural retailers for the last four years. She has expertise calling on Natural Grocers, Whole Foods Market, Pharmaca, and Lucky's Market, and is always eager to expand her knowledge and build relationships with new retailers. 

In her free time, Ashlee nurtures her obsession with food by working to deepen her knowledge and understanding of ethnic ingredients, techniques and flavor profiles. She also has a keen interest in helping things grow, keeping an outdoor garden and tending her indoor "garbage garden" composed of items often thrown away but with a little help can be productive again. Whether in rain, sunshine, or snow, she can also be found outside with her husband and her dog, Jack

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DANNY JIMINEZ

Territory Manager

danny@yinyangnaturals.com

Danny Jimenez was born in Los Angeles, CA. He started his grocery career in 2007 at Whole Foods Market. During his time at Whole Foods, he worked as a buyer in several departments including Bulk, Grocery, Frozen, and Dairy. He also participated in many store resets and store openings such as WFM Del Mar in San Diego along with WFM Arroyo in Pasadena, CA, where he stayed to become an Associate Grocery Team Leader.

In 2017, Danny was given the opportunity to work with Presence Marketing as a Retail Representative. After two years at Presence, Danny’s wife received a great career opportunity in the great state of TX, so his family left sunny Southern California and moved to Houston where they both currently work and reside.

Danny loves to spend his free time with his family, watch movies, play board games, BBQ, and collect shoes.

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GARY HAMILTON

Territory Manager

gary@yinyangnaturals.com

Gary began his journey in the grocery industry as a stocker for a local grocery store in the Dallas Fort Worth/North TX region during his high school years. As he worked his way up, he had the opportunity to work in all departments before being promoted to Assistant Manager.  From there, Gary became interested in distribution and started his next adventure working for a regional distribution company servicing independent stores in Central TX.

After years working with a distributor, Gary had the opportunity to begin his growth into the natural grocery business with Tree of Life/KeHe as a Sales Representative, and watched the natural products industry explode for the next two decades. Gary moved on to become a Territory Manager for an independent natural foods brokerage company, covering the Central Texas territory, working with both major retailers and independents.  

 

An Austin, Texas resident since 1999, Gary is an enthusiastic member of the community and enjoys fishing the local lakes, occasional trips to the coast, and spending time with friends and family.

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PAUL WOOD

Paul was born in Minneapolis, but only four years later his family was relocated to Dallas, TX. Paul was introduced to natural products at an early age because his father has always been a bit of a health and fitness nut. Paul has worked in the industry for almost two decades, gaining experience on many different levels of the industry including retail management, sales management and account management. 

 

Outside of work, Paul loves to spend time with his wife and daughter, cooking, eating, going on walks, to movies, concerts or any kind of performing arts event.  Paul is into music and art, using both as entertainment and meditation methods. Paul has interests in organic foods, sustainability, natural healing, the “unknown” and what the stars may tell us.