Strategic Partnerships & Advisors
Momentum Sales and Marketing
Momentum Sales Marketing is a Sales, Marketing and Business Solutions firm with a focus on clients in the Foodservice Channel. The Leadership team has a deep passion for this Channel and truly wants to give back. Their extensive experience, unparalleled knowledge and access sets them apart from other Foodservice firms. Momentum offers three services for their clients: Strategic Sales Representation, Training and Education, and Strategic Consulting.
Mark Hayes, David Dionne, and John Blake are Managing Partners of Momentum Sales & Marketing. Mark, David, and John have over 100 years of Foodservice and CPC experience that is complimentary and have held key Leadership positions at Heinz, Sysco, and Johnson & Johnson. In the fall of 2016, these three experienced Industry Veterans came together to help the Foodservice Industry, and in 2017 they partnered with Jeff Monin and his team to form Food World Live.
The Momentum team offers solutions to help their clients refine and improve performance, and one of their key focus areas is utilizing the Food World Live platform to transform training & education in the industry.
Mark Hayes is a Managing Partner with Momentum Sales & Marketing. He began his Career with the Sysco Corporation and also spent some time with the Carnation/Nestle Company. He recently retired from H.J. Heinz Food Corporation where he spent over 30 Years. Mark held a variety of Senior Management positions at Heinz including Field Sales Management, National Account Sales, General Manager of the Distributor Sales Group, and General Manager/ Director Corporate Account Sales. Mark played a key role in the development of the Heinz Foodservice business to include Strategy, Acquisitions, Business Integration and P&L Optimization. He also had experience in Sales Planning, Training and Resource Development. Mark has a history of Industry involvement serving as former Chairperson of the Sysco Advisory Council and served several years on the IFDA Supplier Advisory Council to include co-chairing the Council. Mark has broad Industry relationships and is considered one of the best “Problem Solvers” in the Foodservice Industry.
David Dionne is a Managing Partner with Momentum Sales & Marketing. David graduated from the Johnson & Wales Culinary University with an Associate’s Degree in Culinary Arts and a Bachelor’s Degree in Foodservice. He began his Career with Sysco Corporation in Boston handling Street Sales and later lead the Sysco Brand Development initiative. He was responsible for the selection, training, and all programs for all new Sysco Brand Items brought in to this Operating Company. He moved to Sysco Corporate in 1992 where he held a variety of senior management positions. Those positions included managing the Dry Grocery, Pork, Poultry and Protein Business Centers. He later managed the Sysco Brand National Sales Team and the Sysco International initiative. He was instrumental in launching Sysco Branded products in Ireland, Costa Rica, Mexico and the Middle East. He retired from Sysco in 2016 with 31 years of service. David’s unique blend of Culinary and Foodservice experience are an asset to the Foodservice Industry and the Momentum team.
John Blake is a Managing Partner with Momentum Sales & Marketing. John spent over 30 years with and retired from the Johnson & Johnson Corporation. John held a variety of Senior Management positions with J&J including Director of Sales Administration, Region Sales Manager, Director of National Accounts, and Director of Sales. In those roles, John was instrumental in growing Top Line sales, upgrading the Sales Organization, while protecting Bottom Line profits. In 1999, John was asked to create and lead an Alternate Channel Division of the McNeil Consumer Healthcare Company. He and his team pioneered J&J Products into Office Depot, Staples, and Home Depot. His team successfully sold in the first J&J Product onto the QVC Home Shopping Network. In 2003, John recognized the opportunity with the growing Hispanic population and established a Hispanic Broker Network selling J&J products into Hispanic Independent Stores. He later managed the introduction of the UK Retailer Tesco as it entered the United States with its Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Markets format. John’s strong Administration Skills and Strategic vision play a central role for Momentum.