ESource Inc
Esequip

 

Harry Starkweather
Principal
Email: hs@esequip.com
Phone: 214-614-0215
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Harry Starkweather is one of the founding partners of E-Source, formed in 1993. He has over 25 years of experience in the food service industry, he has held roles as region sales manager, national accounts manager, and retail national accounts manager, working for leading manufacturers including Hobart Corporation and InterMetro. Harry is the company visionary. He is constantly looking for new opportunities to increase sales, improve quality and customer service. Harry resides in Las Colinas and has four children. He enjoys golf, travel, and spending time with his family.






Hugh Karpeles
Strategic Accounts
Email: hkarpeles@esequip.com
Phone: 214-614-0253
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An industry veteran, Hugh has over 30 years of experience in the foodservice industry. He joined E-Source in 2003 as a member of the new E-Source Hospitality division. Hugh is responsible for strategic accounts in the Dallas Metroplex.

During a 14 year period Hugh worked with Watson Foodservice and Shenango China. He also spent 8 years with Nortex Distributing. In various roles including sales management Hugh developed an in-depth knowledge of the local market, smallwares and refrigeration equipment. Known for his wit and his integrity, Hugh has built a tremendous customer following. He is never too busy to help a customer, return a call and to do so with excellence.

Hugh and his lovely wife Eileen reside in Carrollton. He attended Texas Tech University and in his spare time you will find Hugh entertaining customers on the golf course.


Jeff Swindle
Vice President
Email: jswindle@esequip.com
Phone: 214-614-0224
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Jeff joined E-Source in 1999 as an industry veteran. Known for his work ethic and product knowledge Jeff is now Vice President of E-Source.

Jeff is responsible for all Strategic Account Management functions which includes account planning, strategy development, forecasting, competitive analysis, customer satisfaction, and manufacturer liaison. Jeff is a strong team builder and enjoys working with the next generation of Food Service Professionals.

With more than 30 years of experience in the food service industry he is uniquely qualified to provide the product application and design leadership needed in today's complex commercial kitchens. His in-depth mechanical and problem-solving experience has positioned Jeff as one of the most effective National Account Representatives in the Texas and Oklahoma region. His knowledge of equipment use and care has been instrumental in placing Jeff on most manufacturer new product and service committees.


Chris Barbee
Sales Rep - Oklahoma
Email: cbarbee@esequip.com
Phone: 806-316-9494
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Join us in welcoming Chris Barbee to the E-Source family as the newest addition to our Outside Sales team. Chris is a third generation foodservice equipment professional.
He joins E-Source with 7 years of foodservice experience and will be serving the state of Oklahoma as well as the Texas Panhandle.
His background includes regional chains, schools and healthcare. Chris excels in high production and institutional kitchens. A proud alumnus of Oklahoma State University, he enjoys OSU Cowboy football, cooking and finding the next great cup of coffee.
Though Texas born and raised in Amarillo, he loves calling Oklahoma City home.


Jared Woodard
Sales Rep – Houston / Beaumont
Email: jwoodard@esequip.com
Phone: 832-444-6311
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As an outside sales representative, Jared started his career with E-Source in 2002. He covers the Houston, Beaumont and College Station territories for E-Source. Jared's experience has been broadened by several years in restaurant development and operations.

Jared has a strong work ethic, highly analytical and follows-up with great attention to detail. He has earned his CFSP and a CPMR designation. His strong personal interest in partnership is reinforced by his "Do whatever it takes to please the customer."

Jared resides in the Houston area and has three children.





Keith Breese
Customer Service Rep
Email: kbreese@esequip.com
Phone: 214-614-0218
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Keith is one of E-Source's more experienced and accomplished customer service representatives who began his career with E-Source in 2002. In his current role as "Project Manager" he works very closely with Consultants, Dealers and Service Agencies on bid job projects. He also works with dealers for small project quoting and after-the-sale support. The demands of these customers require a "do whatever it takes" attitude and someone who can manage a great deal of detail. Keith does it in winning fashion.

Keith has spent the past 20 years in the insurance and manufacturing sectors. His strong analytical background has been the foundation for a career in Information Systems and applications programming. This experience has also positioned Keith as the resident IS "trouble-shooter."

Keith resides in Lewisville, Texas with his wife Tracy and their three children. He enjoys golf, basketball, jogging, working out at the gym and working on cars.


Karen Lester
Customer Service Rep
Email: klester@esequip.com
Phone: 214-614-0236
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Karen started her career in the food service industry in 1993 as an inside sales rep with Watson Foodservice. In 1994 she transferred to US Foodservice as an assistant to the E&S Specialist. In 1995 she moved into a purchasing position with US Foodservice where she stayed until moving to E-Source in 2007.

Karen joined E-Source in May of 2007 as an inside sales/quoting/customer service representative.

Karen lives in Kaufman, Texas. She has one son, Brian who is currently serving in the Army and is stationed in South Korea along with his wife Joelle.


Chasidy Saxman
Customer Service Rep
Email: clowery@esequip.com
Phone: 214-614-0234
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Chasidy, an inside sales/quoting/customer service representative, began her career with E-Source in March 2012. A newcomer to the food service industry she is noted for her enthusiasm and truly out-going personality. Someone who loves a challenge, she employs her organizational strengths and dedication to delight her customers. Chasidy is quickly becoming a strong contributing member of the E-Source customer service team.

Chasidy resides in Hurst, Texas with her two children. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, crafting and entertaining with friends.


Leadership Team

Jeff Swindle
Vice President
Email: jswindle@esequip.com
Phone: 214-614-0224
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Jeff joined E-Source in 1999 as an industry veteran. Known for his work ethic and product knowledge Jeff is now Vice President of E-Source.

Jeff is responsible for all Strategic Account Management functions which includes account planning, strategy development, forecasting, competitive analysis, customer satisfaction, and manufacturer liaison. Jeff is a strong team builder and enjoys working with the next generation of Food Service Professionals.

With more than 30 years of experience in the food service industry he is uniquely qualified to provide the product application and design leadership needed in today's complex commercial kitchens. His in-depth mechanical and problem-solving experience has positioned Jeff as one of the most effective National Account Representatives in the Texas and Oklahoma region. His knowledge of equipment use and care has been instrumental in placing Jeff on most manufacturer new product and service committees.




Outside Sales Team

Ryan Richardson
Sales Rep – Houston
Email: rrichardson@esequip.com
Phone: 281-954-1048
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Join us in welcoming Ryan Richardson to the E-Source family. He is the newest addition to our Outside Sales team covering the Houston territory with Jared Woodard. He is a fourth generation Texan and a culinary graduate/chef. He was with J. Alexander’s Restaurant and the Compass Group of America giving him a combined tenure of 12 years experience.

His background gives Ryan a wealth of knowledge in equipment application in a high volume kitchen setting and in front and back of the house operations and has a passion for all things food, beverage and hospitality. His specialty ranges from American classic cuisine to Texas Regional to Classical French. He enjoys good conversation, craft beer and bass fishing.

Ryan has called Houston home for the last 30 years and currently resides in Richmond, TX with his wife Ivette and son Ryker.


Brent Cooper
Sales Rep – DFW / West Texas
Email: bcooper@esequip.com
Phone: 214-614-0219
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Brent, an outside sales representative, began his career with E-Source in February 2005. Brent has spent over 15 years in the foodservice industry. He started in metal fabrication, but has experience as a dealer, as a rep, and in operations. Brent's extensive product and application knowledge is only exceeded by his "do whatever it takes" attitude to please the customer.

Brent currently lives in Irving with his wife Melanie, and 2 children. He likes to spend his off time at the family ranch, when he's not busy supporting his children's sports activities. Brent is a foodie to the core, but also has a passion for cars, motorcycles, and anything else with an engine.


John Thomas
Sales Rep – San Antonio / Valley
Email: Jthomas@esequip.com
Phone: 210-414-8683
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John began his career with E-Source in 2011. Prior to joining the E-Source team John had been in School food service for 12 years as either Assistant Director and Director or Child Nutrition in 3 San Antonio area school districts (Seguin ISD, Judson ISD and Northside ISD). He also had worked for a competitor as an equipment manufacturer's representative for 2 years covering the South Texas market. In college John worked at local restaurants ranging from the dish room to line cook and server. His experience in food service operations and institutional food service provided him with a broad perspective of the market. John's focus is on providing customers with solutions to challenges in their specific operations.

John currently lives in the San Antonio area with his wife Lori and their 3 children and covers segments of the San Antonio market and all of South Texas. He has a Bachelor's degree in Nutrition from Texas State and a Master's degree in Business Administration.


Cindy Bennett
School/Consultant Specialist – TX / Oklahoma
Email: cbennett@esequip.com
Phone: 214-614-0245
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Cindy serves as the School and Consultant Specialist. Cindy's previous experience came from one of the largest consulting firms in Texas with 17 years' experience in design and project management. She possesses a wealth of experience within the industry providing consulting services to many of our top school foodservice directors and many other high profile kitchen projects. She is an active member of the Texas Association of School Nutrition and participates in annual conferences by holding continuing education sessions for its members.

Cindy lives in Irving Texas with her husband Mark. She has three adult children, one of which is the mother of Cindy's three and a half grandchildren (and one on the way). Being a Grandma is her favorite activity. She loves to travel and admits that Hawaii is her favorite place.



Inside Sales & Support

Leslie Rodgers, CFSP
Customer Service Rep
Email: lrodgers@esequip.com
Phone: 214-614-0220
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Leslie joined E-Source in 2002 and is our most tenured inside sales person. She has extensive knowledge of all aspects of our business and is a project manager overseeing large bid projects, in addition to other customer-related responsibilities. Leslie has many years in the foodservice industry, starting in 1975 as a dietitian in hospital and school food service. Her career in food service equipment began in 1993 after spending 13 years in food distribution sales and sales management. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a BS in Foods and Nutrition.

Leslie resides in Sachse, Texas with her wonderful husband Leven who is also in the industry. Her son Aaron and his wife Jade have made her a proud grandmother of two adorable little girls. She enjoys church activities, reading, cooking, gardening and playing with the grandkids.


Ben Rodriguez
Customer Service Rep
Email: brodriguez@esequip.com
Phone: 214-614-0235
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Ben has over 13 years of experience in the food service industry as a training manager and general manager specifically with Brinker International and ATX Brands.

His background gives Ben a wealth of knowledge in equipment application in a high volume kitchen setting and what it takes to make it run like a well-oiled machine. His previous experience in management has made it clear that great customer service and strong relationships are vital to the success of any business.

Ben currently resides in Arlington, TX and has two daughters, a 6 year old and a 21 years.











 

Donna Bishop
Director of Operations / Executive Assistant
Email: dbishop@esequip.com
Phone: 214-614-0228
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Donna began her career with E-Source in 2006. An outstanding addition to the team, Donna has extensive experience and has spent the last 11 years in foodservice industry. During the past 8 years she was the Inside Sales Manager with Miller & Associates (manufacturer representative) in Dallas. Prior to that time she spent 3 years in customer service with a food broker, FSI Dallas. A true professional and a delight to work with she knows the importance of doing it right the first time.

Donna lives in Crossroads, Texas where she enjoys boating, water skiing, snow skiing, cooking, reading etc.






Jeremy Bearden
Strategic Accounts
Email: jbearden@esequip.com
Phone: 214-614-0215
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Jeremy started working in the food service industry in 1999 on the operations side. This is where he learned his "whatever it takes" attitude toward customer service. His experience in food service operations has given him valuable perspective of the industry. He is very personable, analytical, and team oriented which make him extremely pleasurable to work with.

Jeremy currently resides in Gunter, TX with his wife. When not at work he can be found on the golf course or working on his home.


Zach Greene
Sales Rep - Austin / San Antonio
Email: zgreene@esequip.com
Phone: 512-751-1807
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Zach began his career with E-Source in February of 2005. Zach has almost 13 years in the food service industry including 8 years with Black-Eyed Pea and 3 years with a local equipment dealer Ace Mart Restaurant Supply. His experience in restaurant operations and with a foodservice dealer gives Zach in-depth perspective in finding cost-effective solutions for his customers. Thorough, persistent, knowledgeable and a very good listener he makes an outstanding addition to anyone's team.

Zach currently lives in the Austin area with his wife Belinda and covers the Austin and San Antonio area. He has a degree in Restaurant Management and Culinary Arts from San Jacinto College.


Ronny Hawley
Sales Rep - DFW / East TX
Email: rhawley@esequip.com
Phone: 214-226-0711
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Taylor Steel
Sales Rep - Dallas/Ft. Worth
Email: tsteel@esequip.com
Phone: Coming Soon
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Join us in welcoming Taylor Steel to the E-Source family. He is the newest addition to our Outside Sales team and will be covering the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.

He has been on the operation side of the industry for 16 plus years in fine dining steakhouses and most recently with Pappas Brothers steakhouse. He has completed his degree in Business from Texas Wesleyan University and is looking forward to his new opportunity with ESource.

He enjoys playing golf and all things Dallas Cowboys and currently lives in Irving, TX with his wife Sara.

We are excited to have Taylor on board and feel he is a great addition to the team.


 


Alex Brock
Customer Service Rep
Email: abrock@esequip.com
Phone: 214-614-0237
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Join us in welcoming Alex Brock to the E-Source family. He is the newest addition to our Inside Sales team. He has 8 years experience in the entertainment/food industry where he was recently employed with Pinstack Bowl and Bite which is an entertainment complex consisting of bowling, arcade games and food venues.

He oversaw the Managers on Duty where he also created internal guidelines for daily operation. His background gives Alex a wealth of knowledge in equipment application in a high volume kitchen setting and in front and back of the house operations.

Alex likes to travel to experience new sites and local cultures and currently lives in Euless, TX.

We are excited to have Alex on board and feel he is a great addition to the team.


Laurence O. Jackson
Warehouse Operations Manager
Email: ljackson@esequip.com
Phone: 817-673-2412
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Laurence began his career as Warehouse Operations Manager in 2007. He brings with him over 27 years of management and supervisory experience with such companies as Strategic Equipment and Supply, Keeblers Snack Foods and SCS/Frigette. He is OSHA certified. Laurence is a professional who understands the foodservice industry and the importance of taking care of the customer right the first time. He is an outstanding addition to the E-Source customer service team.

An Army "brat" he was born in California and has lived in several countries throughout the world. Residing in Ft. Worth with his wife, Laurence in his free time relaxes with his love for fishing or as an accomplished drummer. He is a man of many talents.