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Our Team

Eric Pohlman
Vice President


Eric has over 34 years of experience in the meat industry. 

18 years as a retail meat department manager and responsible for all aspects of meat department operation.  Markets included a high volume box store, natural foods, and traditional grocery store format.  Additionally, 16 years working for a very large wholesaler buying and managing all categories within the meat department and eggs for dairy. 

Eric brings positive energy and a “doing the right thing matters” attitude to McKenzie Buying Company. 

Michelle Walton
Pork Category Manager


Michelle carries over 32 years of experience in the meat industry, the past 14 years spent at McKenzie Buying Company as primary pork buyer. In addition,

her background includes 19 years as a retail meat department manager, responsible for all aspects of meat/seafood department operations in both high volume traditional markets and large natural foods stores breaking down sides of beef and pork, as well as a do-it-all ‘one-woman show’ meat shop in Boston.

Michelle brings a strong work ethic and outgoing personality where the “customer always comes first”, to McKenzie Buying Company.

Rhonda Briles
Beef Category Manager

Being with McKenzie Buying Company for 21 years, Rhonda has acquired the skill set to thrive as a buyer in a fast paced commodity food space. Her forecasting skills and follow through are a powerful combination and a true resource for our customers.  Rhonda also has a background of 10 plus years as a retail manager, which gives her a strong understanding of the issues facing a consumer driven business. 

Theresa Deaver
Beef and Pork Buyer

Theresa's 21 years of purchasing and customer service experience in the food industry has focused primarily on the  foodservice sector. Her cheery personality and can do attitude has won legions of fans among our customers.

Talina Sutherland
Buyers Assistant

Talina started at McKenzie over 10 years ago. Her systems knowledge and fantastic customer service skills definitely sets the table for success.