Rich O’Brien – President


Rich, in his own words, “does most of the bitching” at Elevation Reps. And we love him for it. He’s allowed because he’s been repping foodservice manufacturers since 1989 when he worked for his Dad’s firm in Kansas City. He has always loved this industry and is thrilled to now have the opportunity to run an agency with the most talented team in foodservice history. In his spare time, he loves skiing and spending time with his kids.

Tyler Clement – Partner & Director of Sales


Tyler has been in the foodservice equipment and supplies industry since 2008. Since then, he moved from his hometown of Seattle to Denver, got married, and had three children. In his spare time, he loves hiking with his family and eating out as much as possible. He joined Elevation Reps in 2012 and has enjoyed this wild ride since day one and doesn’t see himself ever leaving.

Howard Lewis – Dir. of Culinary-Territory Sales


Howard began his foodservice career over thirty years ago when he was cooking at some of the most recognized restaurants in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area.  He later became an equipment specialist for a large dealer in New Mexico and then found success in sales. In 2010, he joined Elevation Foodservice Reps as the company’s first territory manager and now works as the director of culinary at the home office in Denver.  In his spare time, he enjoys reading, cooking for friends and family, hiking, and exploring Colorado with his family.

Kathy Danko- Director of Sales Support

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With six years of foodservice sales experience, Kathy is the heartbeat of our home office. She supports the sales team and works directly with our management team to provide impeccable customer service.  Her children are her pride and joy and she spends most of her free time with them.

Janette Lewis- Lead Estimator

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Janette is our lead estimator and handles all the quotes and bids. When dealers need pricing, no one is better at examining drawings and specifications than Janette.  She’s also a stand-up gal. That is, she loves stand-up comedy and live music. One of her favorite quotes is, “One of the ways to understand how to find your purpose in life is to return to nature, to find your own nature.”

Calina Hilyard – Healthcare and Hospitality


Calina specializes in representing foodservice equipment in the hospitality and healthcare industries. When not working, she likes to be outdoors, travels to distant lands, and concerts at Red Rocks.

Jeff Kauffman – Controller


Jeff began working at Elevation a few months after the company formed. His duties include all accounting-related functions. Having worked eight years at Ice-O-Matic, eight years at Excell Marketing Group,  and 12 years at a restaurant equipment dealer, Jeff has deep experience in every aspect of this industry. He enjoys attending Denver Broncos home games on weekends and following his favorite team, the Colorado Rockies during the summer.  An avid bicyclist, you will often find him riding around the Denver metro area.

Katherine Young – Sales

Katherine has been in the foodservice industry for over 20 years and has worked for several top manufactures and dealers.  She spent the past 2 years as a real estate agent but her love for this industry pulled her back in. In her spare time, she can be found cheering her boys on at their sporting events, skiing or having a glass of wine with friends.

Chastin Travis – Territory Sales/Hospitality


Chastin is an innovative, energetic, professional who has a passion for helping others. She is excited to be a part of the Elevation Reps team.


Jeff Crossley – Vice President/Partner


Jeff heads our Utah office and has been a foodservice rep for 25 years. There isn’t much he hasn’t seen or solved in the commercial foodservice equipment world. He has been married nearly as long as he’s been repping and he has two kids aged 20 and 15. In his spare time, he hangs out with his fam, plays golf, cooks, and attends local sports events.

Steph (Steph) Salsbury – Inside Sales Rep


Steph provides quotes, checks purchase orders for accuracy, and submits orders to the factories. With eight years in the industry, she is well equipped to assist dealers and factories and enjoys every minute of it.  When she is not at the office she loves being with her kids and enjoys hiking, swimming, bike riding, good food and having fun in every aspect of life.   


Thayer McCall – Arizona Director of Sales


Our Arizona office is brimming with know-how thanks to Thayer who has over 35 years of experience as a foodservice manufacturers’ rep. There’s precious little he doesn’t know about the industry and he’s generous with his expertise so go ahead and ask him anything. Other than his family, Thayer’s other hobbies are fishing, mountain biking, and music.

Josh Angrick – Sales Rep


Josh specializes in working with the Arizona school districts and managing Arizona’s NexGen, Pride, and Excell distributors. He is a dad, a sports enthusiast, globetrotter, and trendsetter.

Nick Sortore – Chef & Sales


A skilled chef, Nick also handles sales in both our Arizona and Utah markets. Though he focuses primarily on the healthcare industry, he is skilled at equipment demonstration and utilization. On the weekends, you will find Nick occupies his time with family and hockey.

Gail Laute – Arizona Office Manager


Gail keeps our AZ office running smoothly and makes it look easy. It’s probably because she has loads of experience in our industry, 25 years to be exact. Her hobbies and interests are family, travel,  gardening, and cooking.


Dave Marjon – Sales Rep


David has been in the foodservice and equipment supply industry for more than 30 years. His years of experience shows as he has an extensive network of contacts with all dealers and end users in the region. He and his wife reside in Albuquerque and enjoy hiking, biking, and running.