About US

About US

We’re Independent.

A dying breed, we know, but our independence allows us to spend more time selling your products than shackled to a desk crafting reports required by endless layers of brokerage management.

We don’t have a million lines. In fact, we don’t even have 50. And this is by design. We firmly believe that taking on too many clients impedes the growth of those we already have. So we’re smart and methodical about expanding and we hand select our clients just as much as they do us. We’re hired to increase your sales, after all, so we had better deliver!

We’re Independent.

A dying breed, we know, but our independence allows us to spend more time selling your products than shackled to a desk crafting reports required by endless layers of brokerage management.

We don’t have a million lines. In fact, we don’t even have 50. And this is by design. We firmly believe that taking on too many clients impedes the growth of those we already have. So we’re smart and methodical about expanding and we hand select our clients just as much as they do us. We’re hired to increase your sales, after all, so we had better deliver!

Burnout is Not in our Vocabulary.

We’re young, we’re hungry and we’re as passionate about food as we are about selling it. After twelve years in business, we still love what we do and we never lose sight of our love of food (which brought us all together in the first place). Can we sell a pre-made, frozen empanda to a casino buffet? Abso-freakin-lutely. But our team can also appreciate a nine course tasting menu with wine pairings. We get just as fired up about the pulse of Arizona’s culinary scene as we do the less-romantic, high-volume operators who really move the needle for our clients. Both make us tick.

Burnout is Not in our Vocabulary.

We’re young, we’re hungry and we’re as passionate about food as we are about selling it. After twelve years in business, we still love what we do and we never lose sight of our love of food (which brought us all together in the first place). Can we sell a pre-made, frozen empanda to a casino buffet? Abso-freakin-lutely. But our team can also appreciate a nine course tasting menu with wine pairings. We get just as fired up about the pulse of Arizona’s culinary scene as we do the less-romantic, high-volume operators who really move the needle for our clients. Both make us tick.

10 Core Amalgamated Beliefs

10 Core Amalgamated Beliefs

HEART

We sell with heart and give a damn about your business.

EXPLORE

We’re wholeheartedly open to exploring new perspectives + different ideas.

POSSIBLE

We don’t believe in the impossible. It just takes longer to achieve.

CREATIVE

Creativity is paramount; in marketing + in finding real business solutions.

BALANCE

We work smart + aim for balance. (Ohm. Yoga anyone?)

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EXECUTE

Strategy is important, but execution is everything.

GO BIG

That which is not easy is pretty much always worth the extra effort.

EXPERIENCE

The experience + the journey are as important as the outcome.

INTEGRITY

Integrity begets growth in business + in life.

GOALS

We dig goals. (Try dangling a carrot sometime and watch what happens.)

From Our Clients

“Amalgamated brings unique, high quality products to my clients. They are specialists – in the high quality, innovative food arena. They have carved out a niche for themselves and are really good at serving my clients with passionate, unique solutions. They know the Arizona market thoroughly, and use this market intelligence to deliver relationships that are unmatched in the brokerage world.”

Hilary Anderson

Supply Chain Consultant

“I have worked with Amalgamated for 10 years now and their service level and product mix is outstanding. They are always great at contacting and showing me new products and ideas. I highly recommend Amalgamated as a broker partner in Arizona. ”

Jeffery Herz

Purchasing Manager, Casino Arizona / Talking Stick Resort & Casino

Meet the Team

Meet the Team

Anne Trauter

Anne Trauter

President, Founding Owner

Dream Title: CEO for Chief Executive Officer + Chief Enthusiasm Officer
In the Industry: 12 years in the business + 2 years during high school!
Best Part About the Job: Selling
I Take My Coffee: With half and half (the real stuff)
When Not Working You Can Find Me: Learning to be a new mom with daughter Addison, playing with our Great Dane Stella, or out on the town enjoying great food and wine with husband Clinton and our friends!
Word to Live By: To get more out of life, give more of yourself.
Favorite AZ Restaurant: Franco’s Italian Café and Virtu

Jessie Dahling

Jessie Dahling

Dir. Sales & Marketing, Owner

Dream Title: CBO, Chief Branding Officer
In the Industry: 6 years in Foodservice; 16 in Branding + Design
Best Part About the Job: Giving clients an “aha” moment + closing the sale!
I Take My Coffee: Black
When Not Working You Can Find Me: Out enjoying good wine and food with Anne or up relaxing at my cabin in Pine.
Word to Live By: You can’t plow a field by turning it over in your head.
Favorite AZ Restaurant: Old County Inn & Pinewood Tavern

JD Hoffman

JD Hoffman

Sales Manager

Dream Title: Mr. Versatile
In the Industry: 15 years
Best Part About the Job: Meeting new people. Discovering new restaurants.
I Take My Coffee: With Sugar in the Raw.
When Not Working You Can Find Me: In the kitchen fine-tuning my culinary skills.
Word to Live By: Smile.
Favorite AZ Restaurant: Tarbell’s, Phoenix.

Paul Infusino

Paul Infusino

Retail Director

Dream Title: General Manager of the Chicago Bears
In the Industry: 5 years working for a grocery retailer and 11 in the food broker business.
Best Part About the Job: Selling
I Take My Coffee: Give me a Diet Pepsi instead
When Not Working You Can Find Me: at the sports bar or golfing
Word to Live By: It’s not about what you know, it’s about who you know.
Favorite AZ Restaurant: Andreoli’s

Shannon Heilman

Shannon Heilman

Office Manager

Dream Title: Queen of the Office Jungle (is this funny?)
In the Industry: Four years
Best Part About the Job: I have a wonderful work family!
I Take My Coffee: With cream and sugar, please
When Not Working You Can Find Me: Cooking!
Word to Live By: One of the most important keys to success is having the discipline to do what you know you should do, even when you don’t feel like doing it.
Favorite AZ RestaurantMy kitchen.

Jonathan Cantin

Jonathan Cantin

Sales Associate

Dream Title: Restauranteur
In the Industry: 2 years
Best Part About the Job: Being able to represent products that you truly believe in.
I Take My Coffee: Black
When Not Working You Can Find Me: Cooking or out in my garden.
Word to Live By: “Develop a passion for learning. If you do you will never cease to grow.” Anthony D’Angelo
Favorite AZ Restaurant: FnB

Danica Strand

Danica Strand

Sales Associate

Dream Title: Mom of the Year
In the Industry: 3 Years in Food Service/Promoting
Best Part About the Job: Finding all the best Hot Spots to eat.
I Take My Coffee: Shaken, not stirred with salt….err, I mean a White Zombie from Dutch Bros.
When Not Working You Can Find Me: I’d love to say exploring or at a concert….but really I’m probably pulling mom duty.
Word to Live By: “Though she be but little, she is fierce”
Favorite AZ Restaurant: The Dressing Room & Sushiholic

Jonathan Lauber

Jonathan Lauber

Sales Associate

Dream Title: Upper Management
In the Industry: 10+ years
Best Part About the Job: Building relationships, discovering new restaurants, and achieving sales goals.
I Take My Coffee: Unsweetened with coconut or almond milk.
When Not Working You Can Find Me: Discovering new trails and mountains to climb and cooking. 
Word to Live By: “Skills can be taught. Character you either have or you don’t have” -Anthony Bourdain
Favorite AZ Restaurant: Hiro Sushi

Laurie Vacha

Laurie Vacha

Sales Associate

Dream Title: CFS (Chief Food Stylist)
In the Industry: 40 years
Best Part About the Job: Diversity – Being able to think outside of the box and color outside of the lines
I Take My Coffee: Black – during the week / with Bailey’s – on the weekend
When Not Working You Can Find Me: Cooking, Target Shooting on the Range, Trying new restaurants with my friends
Word to Live By: A year from now you will wish you had started TODAY
Favorite AZ Restaurant: Salt Cellar

Garrett Ross

Garrett Ross

Sales Support

Dream Title:  CEO of a fortune 500 company!
In the Industry: I’ve spent the past 10 years in the hotel industry. Hospitality and customer service is second nature.
Best Part About the Job: The fun work atmosphere and the food samples.
I Take My Coffee: ICED with a little cream and sugar.
When Not Working You Can Find Me: At home with my beautiful wife and 3 adorable girls. We spend great quality time together. 
Word to Live By: “Be the change you wish to see in the world” – Mahatma Gandhi
Favorite AZ Restaurant: Hard to decide. For breakfast – Butters. For lunch – Z’tejas. For dinner – The Mission

Heather Palmer

Heather Palmer

Office Manager

Dream Title: THE BEST MOM EVER (does this really exist?)
In the Industry: 3 years
Best Part About the Job: The people I work with, of course.
I Take My Coffee: Lots of cream and sugar and a little coffee.
When Not Working You Can Find Me: Overcoming the challenges of Momdom or in the kitchen whipping up something sweet and tasty.
Word to Live By: If you don’t like it…change it! 
Favorite AZ Restaurant: House of Tricks-Tempe

Brittany Cramer

Brittany Cramer

Merchandiser

Dream Title: Owner of the Seattle Seahawks
In the Industry: 10 years
Best Part About the Job: The people
I Take My Coffee: Give me a Pepsi instead!
When Not Working You Can Find Me: Cleaning up my house. I love a spotless home, helping my kids with their homework, playing with my kids and just being a mom!
Word to Live By: Don’t live life by the number of breaths you take, but by the moments that take your breath away
Favorite AZ Restaurant: La Grande Orange

Jerry Hoffman

Jerry Hoffman

Merchandiser

Dream Title: Chairman
In the Industry: 40 years
Best Part About the Job: Definitely the people.
I Take My Coffee: Black
When Not Working You Can Find Me: At the wine bar, hit a few of them up tonight!
Word to Live By: “The best is yet to come and won’t that be fine.” – Frank Sinatra
Favorite AZ Restaurant: Franco’s Italian Café and Virtu

Kay Chacon

Kay Chacon

Merchandiser

Dream Title: Stand up comic
In the Industry: 20+ years
Best Part About the Job: Everyday is a little different
I Take My Coffee: Non-fat toffee nut latte is my favorite!
When Not Working You Can Find Me: On a walk, at the movies, playing poker or hanging with the fam
Word to Live By: “It’s nice to be important, but it’s important to be nice” -Kermit the Frog
Favorite AZ Restaurant: Durant’s

Fernando Amaro

Fernando Amaro

Marketing + Design Manager

Dream Title: Chief Design Officer
In the Industry: 2 years in Food & 12+ years in Design
Best Part About the Job: Working with a variety of clients.
I Take My Coffee: With Orange Juice (Its called a Sunrise at Jobot Coffee in downtown Phoenix)
When Not Working You Can Find Me: Riding my bike or hanging with the family.
Word to Live By: “Creativity is a wild mind & a disciplined eye”
Favorite AZ Restaurant: Taco Chelo

Brooke Dillingham

Brooke Dillingham

Graphic Designer

Dream Title: Lead Photographer
In the Industry: First year!
Best Part About the Job: Variety. Every day is something new!
I Take My Coffee:  Just sugar, hold the coffee
When Not Working You Can Find Me: Hiking
Word to Live By: “Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist” -Pablo Picasso
Favorite AZ Restaurant: Dough Bird