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Jeffrey W. Benton, Director of Purchasing
Director of Purchasing
HGI, Inc. dba Mellow Mushroom
Type of Business: Restaurant system
Major Products and Services: Franchise restaurant services
Marketing Area: National
Years in Position: 1
Years in Profession: 25
Day-to-Day Responsibilities: Purchasing; Pricing; Evaluating quality control, new product development, distribution in 16 states, margin management, parts and labor, distribution management at distribution centers, freight canalization, purchasing and logistics; Marketing; Manufacturing; Franchising
Expertise: Product negotiation; Product knowledge; Industry expertise; Distribution
Educational Background: BBA in Marketing, Strategic Management and Advertising, Georgia State University (1988)
Licenses/Certifications: Pursuing Certification in Purchasing Management; Certified Purchasing Managers Association
Awards/Honors: Recognition, Tyson University (2003); Salesman Award, Mulitfoods Distribution Group (1993)
Philanthropy: Duluth Methodist Church
What do you attribute your success to? He attributes his success to his knowledge of distribution, and sales and management skills.
How did you get involved in your profession? He became involved in his profession when he completed his college degree, found an ad in the paper for a food distribution sales representative, was hired, and developed his career from there.
Hobbies/Interests/Sports: Scuba; Tennis; Golf
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