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Posted: February 7, 2017
Benjamin Foods and CEO Howard Klayman Profiled by Business In Focus Magazine
Posted: October 19, 2016
When writer Mark Golombek and the editorial staff at Business In Focus Magazine approached Benjamin Foods to do a profile on our CEO and President, Howard Klayman, we were understandably a little cautious.
After all, this would be the first time the full stories of Benjamin Foods, its meteoric growth, and the rise of the visionary in the driver’s seat would be told in one place.
But with the cooperation of our Marketing Manager, Charles Carfagno, we think Mark did a great job of capturing what makes Benjamin Foods an inspirational success story and how Howard’s vision has both carried and defined the company over the last decade.
Below is an excerpt from the piece in the magazine’s October 2016 edition:
“When his employer balked, Howard decided, ‘Fine – I’m going to start my own business.’ He is a world-class sales professional but also possesses keen vision and big ideas. While a very loyal person, he then realized the glass ceiling had been hit; so he left that position and started on his own, explains Charles. [Carfagno, Marketing Manager at Benjamin Foods]
It was in 2007 at age 32 that Howard began Benjamin Foods. With no seed money, no investors, and no financial help from the family company, Howard started with nothing but a concept, vision, high tolerance for risk, and an unrelenting commitment to succeed. He took life lessons and ample industry knowledge and applied them with his fierce work ethic developed in the family business.
“It was his decision to go it alone. His family supported him and cheered him on, but it all rested on Howard’s shoulders. His unassuming way and great sense of humor are rare today, particularly for someone of his success and young age. People really like him…
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Benjamin Foods is on FIRE!
Posted: October 18, 2016
PHILADELPHIA, PA 10/18/16 – Benjamin Foods of Hatboro, Pennsylvania has been named to The Philadelphia Business Journal’s inaugural “50 on Fire in Philly” list of the 50 fastest-growing companies in the Delaware Valley.
Revenue growth of 18.11 percent from 2013-2015 was good enough to place Benjamin Foods on the list at No. 43.
“Benjamin Foods is honored and thrilled to be an award winner in the Philadelphia Business Journal’s inaugural ’50 on Fire’ 2016 program,” said Benjamin Foods President and CEO, Howard Klayman. “Considering that the winners include large, established and publicly traded companies; it actually makes our placement even more significant as a privately-held company.” He added, “Congratulations to the Business Journal on a job well done. At Benjamin Foods we’re looking forward to an exciting 2017 as we’ll be celebrating our tenth anniversary, ‘Ben Turns Ten’. The Business Journal will continue to be a go-to resource for us, as it has been over the course of our exciting history.”
The “50 On Fire’ rankings are derived from averaging the percent change in revenue from 2013 to 2014 and the percent change from 2014 to 2015. Companies were required to be headquartered in Greater Philadelphia, have no parent company and have generated at least $750,000 in revenue in 2013 and at least $2 million in 2015 to qualify. Results were verified with help from accounting and consulting firm CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP.
About Benjamin Foods: With over 180 years of combined experience in the food distribution industry, Benjamin Foods has earned a reputation for accurate delivery of premium products at competitive prices. As a broadline food distributor, we are uniquely positioned to serve the needs of public and private foodservice clients and government agencies. We are committed to providing outstanding customer service as evidenced by our loyal and growing customer base.
Benjamin Foods is one of The Region’s Fastest Growing Businesses
Posted: October 3, 2016
The nominations are in, the CPA-certified company data has been reviewed and the tabulations are complete. From hundreds of exciting companies throughout the region, the 100 fastest growing businesses in the greater Philadelphia area have been identified.
“Howard Klayman, our President/CEO, wants to build a world-class company. We want to go from good to great, and from great to world-class. Our 2014 annual revenue grew 18 percent, as well as another 22 percent increase on top of that in 2015. Regarding 2016, we’re currently on pace projecting a 34 percent revenue increase over 2015. All of this, coupled with our upcoming tenth anniversary celebration, ‘Ben Turns Ten’, should make for an eventful and fun 2017. It truly is an exciting time to be working at Benjamin Foods.” – Charles Carfagno, Marketing Manager, Benjamin Foods
The 28th Annual Philadelphia 100® Awards Ceremony will be held Oct. 27, 2016 at the fabulous new FILLMORE in the trendy Fishtown section of the city.
The ceremony is a lively show highlighted by videos, special guest speakers and area firms introducing the winning CEOs.
This program is hosted and produced by the Wharton Small Business Development Center at the University of Pennsylvania (http://www.whartonsbdc.wharton.upenn.edu/) and the Entrepreneurs’ Forum of Greater Philadelphia (www.efgp.org).
The event is open to the public with tickets available for purchase at www.philadelphia100.com.
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A complete list of the winning companies with rankings will be posted on the Philadelphia100.com website by midnight on Oct. 27, 2016.
MATTHEW FITZGERALD JOINS BENJAMIN FOODS AS DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Posted: August 21, 2015
Benjamin Foods is pleased to announce that Matthew Fitzgerald has joined the company as Director of Business Development.
With 37 years of experience including 29 years at Compass Group under his belt, Matthew has built an outstanding reputation in the industry for leadership, sales and marketing, purchasing, financial planning, training, and development. Matthew brings his expertise to the Benjamin Foods team with a focus on building upon long term organizational goals, supporting key customer relationships and developing strategies and product lines that will make Benjamin Foods the supplier of choice.
“Our long term goal is sustainable growth from our existing scalable platform.” said Fitzgerald. “Benjamin Foods has an excellent reputation in the market. I’m excited to have the opportunity to represent the company.”
Matthew is the father of two Eagle Scouts and has volunteered his time and resources for numerous community and civic organizations. He is a certified Serv-Safe Instructor and impressively took First Place in the 2010 ACFSA Iron Chef Competition.
Benjamin Foods Assists With Food Supply in Frein Manhunt
Posted: November 17, 2014
During the 48-day manhunt for alleged cop killer, Eric Frein, Benjamin Foods was able to assist with an emergency food purchase by the Red Cross to feed law enforcement officials searching for the accused in Pike County.
The following note was received before he was finally captured on October 30, 2014:
Thank you David and your staff for staying late and helping us with the emergency food purchase in Pike County. The Red Cross is having a difficult time trying to feed over 700 law enforcement officials three meals a day as they search for the individual that allegedly killed one trooper and wounded another. The men and woman that are spending their days and nights searching for the accused killer will appreciate the warm meals that will be served. Thank you again for everything.
Craig A. Lowe, Warden Pike County Correctional Facility
MICHAEL SENGILLO JOINS BENJAMIN FOODS’ INSTITUTIONAL SALES DIVISION
Posted: July 17, 2014
Benjamin Foods is pleased to announce that Michael J. Sengillo has joined the company as a Sales Associate in the Institutional Division.
Michael comes to Benjamin Foods after 10 years at Mid-Atlantic Correctional Supply as Account Executive and Director of Sales. There, he built and managed many accounts throughout the United States at the federal, state and county levels with a focus on food sales and marketing. Prior to Mid-Atlantic Correctional Supply, Michael spent many years in the electronics and telecommunications fields in both sales and installation.
“With a proven track record of increasing annual sales, Michael is committed to ensuring customer satisfaction, which has always been a top priority for us.” said Howard Klayman, President and CEO of Benjamin Foods. “We look forward to our continued growth with the newest member of our team.”
Michael is a native of the Rochester, NY area. A true family man, he’s been married for 27 years and has three children. He’s an avid electronics and technology buff and enjoys old hot rods and motorcycles.
BENJAMIN FOODS WINS 1ST PLACE IN TABLETOP AWARDS
Posted: February 11, 2014
The results are in: The Benjamin Foods team and Giuseppe’s Ristorante-Richboro placed FIRST in Foodservice Equipment & Supplies Magazine 2014 Tabletop Awards! The award is in the category: Independent Restaurant With a Per Person Check Average of Less Than $30. Benjamin Foods’ Equipment and Supply Division, led by Peggy Corcoran-Magis, recently completed the Giuseppe’s project which included equipment, kitchen design, fabrication, furniture, tabletop and more for a brand new restaurant in Richboro, PA. Read the full article on the tabletop awards here: http://tinyurl.com/lrybr2j
To learn more about our Restaurant Equipment & Design Capabilities, or for a free consultation, please contact:
Vice President of Equipment and Supply
Phone: 215-437-5000 ext. 117
HOWARD KLAYMAN RECOGNIZED WITH 40 UNDER 40 AWARD
Posted: February 3, 2014
Benjamin Foods is pleased to announce that CEO and President Howard Klayman has been recognized as one of the Top 40 professionals in the Philadelphia region.
The Philadelphia Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 award is in its 23rd year, recognizing young professionals in the Delaware Valley for outstanding success and contributions to their community. Mr. Klayman was one of 40 people selected from 250 nominations.
Honorees were profiled in a May 3, 2013 awards supplement and toasted at a dinner on May 22 at the Crystal Tea Room sponsored by First Financial Group, a member of MassMutual, and Temple University’s Fox School of Business.
Founded in 2006, Benjamin Foods has quickly grown from its origins in institutional food service to a highly respected broadline supplier of canned and dry goods, frozen foods, meats, seafood, cheeses, produce, and non-foods including equipment and supplies. In addition, a Cash & Carry store located at the company’s state-of-the-art Hatboro, PA headquarters provides local foodservice operators and the public with quality, brand name food and restaurant supplies.
BENJAMIN FOODS RANKS IN PHILLY’S TOP 100
Posted: January 21, 2014
For the second year in a row, Benjamin Foods has ranked as one of 2013’s fastest-growing, privately-held businesses in the Philadelphia region by the Philadelphia 100®, the Wharton Small Business Development Center, the Entrepreneurs’ Forum of Greater Philadelphia, and the Philadelphia Business Journal. Benjamin Foods ranked #72 among the top 1oo.
The Philadelphia 100 program was developed by The Entrepreneurs’ Forum of Greater Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Business Journal and the Wharton Small Business Development Center. Since 1988, the program has recognized some of the region’s finest companies when they were just beginning to emerge, including Mother’s Work, Forman Mills, and Urban Outfitters, just to name a few.
Based in Hatboro, PA, Benjamin Foods has recently undergone a transformation into a 125,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art distribution center. Through the highest quality products and superior customer service, Benjamin Foods has quickly grown from its origins in institutional food service to a highly respected broadline supplier. In addition, a full-offering cash and carry store for home or business customers opened on-premise last year.
Benjamin Foods Restaurant Superstore provides local foodservice operators and the public with quality, brand name food and restaurant supplies. Founded in 2006, Benjamin Foods is a premier broadline food distributor that serves public and private foodservice clients and government agencies with canned and dry goods, frozen foods, meats, seafood, cheeses, produce, and non-foods including equipment and supplies throughout the United States.