Trevor Thomas, ACS CCP™ Bio
Ever since I started my very first job behind a 45-foot gourmet cheese counter, I have been in love with cheese. The year was 1984, and delicatessens had not yet found their way into every corner supermarket. In fact, the next cheese counter of equal size was some 25 miles away. We had no idea at that time, how revolutionary such a cheese counter was. I guess the lines of customers should have been a clue that we were on something good.
I have just celebrated my thirtieth year in the cheese industry. I have been truly blessed to spend my entire working career working with cheese. I have had the opportunity to work my way up from a clerk behind this counter, all the way up to Director of Service Delicatessens for Nob Hill Foods; a 29 store supermarket chain in Northern California. As Director, it was my job to add gourmet cheese counters to the stores; all the way from construction, up to selection of products for the case. We were working with an importer that was air-freighting product to our store from France. Again, we knew doing something special when we found our cheese counter on the front page of the newspaper, and customers were again lining up.
In 2006, I decided to shift gears and look at the cheese industry from a different angle; as a Specialty Cheese Broker. A great friend of mine owned a food brokerage in the Bay Area, and had just lost his account manager that handled his specialty cheese lines. When he asked me if I was interested, I jumped at the opportunity. In selling cheese as a broker, I was able to sell the cheeses from all over the world and found myself once again in a teaching role; helping retailers and distributors select and merchandise their cheese, while continuing to train their sales force.
2013 starts yet another chapter in my “cheese journey” as I accepted a position as a Regional Manager for Lactalis Deli. As the global leader in specialty cheeses, I have found my home at Lactalis.
My thanks to everyone participating in my 2015 Virtual Q&A with Cheese Professionals. I hope all of you, my loyal readers, are enjoying this as much as I am…
Interviews will continue throughout 2015… sometimes, they will be “stand-alone” and sometimes they will be presented as round-table discussions with several Cheese Professionals answering the same question. Those participating include Cheesemakers, ACS CCPs™, Cheesemongers and Cheese Professionals and Experts who contribute to this Wonderful World we call “Cheese”.
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