Rich O'Brien


According to Rich, “the belly didn’t get this big by not eating”. He loves everything about this industry, from the relationships, which are truly strong friendships, to the amazing interactions that he has with customers on a daily basis that help define operations and create unique culinary dishes that delight our pallets. Simply put, he loves everything associated with eating out at restaurants!


Jeff Crossley

Executive Vice President

Jeff is a golf fanatic. While not great at it, he loves the game and has played in five countries; including St Andrews in Scotland.


Amanda McAllister

Vice President

Amanda has been in the Procurement world for 16 years; the foodservice industry for 12 years. She loves the relationship aspect of foodservice. Nobody ever leaves this industry; they only change hats, which makes things really fun! As an avid eater and live music seeker, she loves her home state of Colorado and is grateful for the beautiful surroundings she gets to live and work in every day!

Go, Buffs!


Howard Lewis

Director of Sales

Howard is famous for telling bad dad jokes to his kids and their friends, sometimes he even gets a laugh. In his free time, he loves cooking with his kids, camping, hiking, and taking long walks with his wife and their dog, Oliver.



Nick Sortore

AZ Director of Sales

As much as Nick enjoys cooking, he also enjoys spending time in front of his piano! Besides working at Elevation, the best job he’s ever had was at a dog boarding facility. Those days weren’t “ruff” by any means…


Matt Carosi

Account Manager/Chef

Matt has worked in the foodservice industry for 10+ years and has a great passion for leading his clients towards the most effective equipment solutions for their business needs. As a classically trained chef, he spent many years learning the ins and outs of commercial kitchens, developing a deep understanding of operations. After leaving the kitchen, he shifted his focus to design layout and equipment sales, helping his clients to implement foodservice solutions specifically tailored to their business needs. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with friends & family, traveling as often as possible, and staying active by hiking/exploring the beautiful state of Arizona.


Chad Garner

Account Manager/Chef

Chad had been in the food industry for 25 years, most recently as an Executive Chef for several country clubs in Northern Utah. Chad has worked in kitchens all over the west, from healthcare to miltary foodservice contracts, to large entertainment venues. When not at work, he loves golfing, flyfishing, geeking out on knives, and spending time with his 3 teenagers and fantastic wife of 21 years.


Denise Oesterle

Hospitality Specialist

Denise has worked in the foodservice industry for many “decades.” Most recently, as a dealer sales rep for 19 years. She received her CFSP certification in 2017. A proud Colorado native, Denise bleeds orange as a lifelong Denver Bronco fan! She loves doggies, especially walking and hiking with them. She also loves cooking, gardening, and spending time in Colorado’s beautiful mountains. This year she will be celebrating 34 years of marriage. She has two incredible sons and is preparing to be a Grandma for the first time!


Molly Montaño

Account Manager

Molly Montaño, a passionate professional with a culinary background, brings her expertise in the restaurant industry to Elevation. With experience ranging from cooking to food distribution, she believes the pandemic’s impact has led to major industry changes, such as increased fast casual concepts and computer-operated options. Molly values the foodservice industry as a cultural insight and a platform for personal growth.


Sarah Shields

Hospitality Specialist

Sarah is an outdoor enthusiast and foodie. Living in the mountains allows her and her husband, Pierson, to enjoy hikes with their three dogs, biking, fly fishing, and backpacking. Her love for food and cooking began at a young age, standing on a kitchen stool and helping her mom whip up sweet treats and family meals. She continued that passion by attending culinary school and hospitality management.


Thayer McCall

Sr. Exec. the Dir. of AZ Sales

Thayer spends his spare time enjoying the outdoors by fishing, hunting, and mountain biking. He was recently blessed with his first granddaughter, Margaret, who lives in Denver. He expects to be spending more time at the Elevation corporate office, coincidentally located right in Denver, a lot more in the future.



Gail Laute

Arizona Office Manager

Gail enjoys spending time with her family and friends, gardening (growing her own food), traveling (beaches are the best) and just living life.


Janette Lewis

Director of Estimating/Programs

Janette is the lead estimator for Elevation FS Reps and has been in the foodservice industry for 17 years She has been a part of the Elevation inside sales team for over 5 years. When not working you can find her rocking out to Muse and Jack White or watching Curb Your Enthusiasm


Alex Tuchscherer

Purchasing/CRM Coordinator.

Alex loves traveling around Colorado trying out new breweries and catching a bite to eat along the way. Her and her husband love the outdoors, hiking, snowboarding, and going to the races at Bandimere. When she’s not out adventuring, she is hanging out at home with her cats playing video games. 



Monica Leonard

Marketing & Events Coordinator

Monica has been in the culinary industry for over 10 years and loves everything about it. When she isn’t trying out what the food scene in Denver has to offer, she and her husband enjoy preparing new recipes at home to serve up to their two sons. She loves to camp as much as possible when the weather allows and you can easily find her on the hiking trails on the weekends.


Andrew Carragher

Customer Success

 Here are a couple of fun facts about Andrew:

  • Loves to camp and fly fish whenever he gets the chance
  • He will gladly wake up at 5:30 am on the weekend just to watch his favorite soccer team (Liverpool)
  • Loves experimenting/making new cocktails at home
  • Enjoys playing video games in his free time
  • His favorite artist is Pat Benetar and “Hell is for Children” is his favorite song by her

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