Marley Coffee has appointed two industry veterans to director roles within the company’s sales force. Effective immediately, Russ Stange will serve as director of sales—West Coast and Chris Mamos will serve as director of sales—East Coast.
Stange previously served as senior account manager at KeHE Distributors Inc., an Illinois-based grocery distribution chain. Prior to this, he worked as business development manager and foods account manager at KeHE. Earlier, he was an account manager at Tree of Life, a KeHE subsidiary. Strange holds a bachelor of science degree from Kansas State University.
Mamos is the former director of national accounts at Marley Beverage. He previously worked as national account executive and regional key account manager at Fiji Water. Prior to that he served as national account manager at The Boston Beer Co. Mamos holds a bachelor of arts degree from the University of New Hampshire.
Rohan Marley, founder and chairman of Marley Coffee, says, “Among the most important requirements for working at our company are to have passion for our vision and to understand our brand. I have worked with both Russ and Chris before, and they share that passion and understand the character and distinctiveness of Marley Coffee.”
Brent Toevs, CEO of Marley Coffee, adds, “Russ and Chris both bring a tremendous amount of high-level professional acumen and depth of experience from their past positions, and we are very fortunate to have them serve as our directors of sales for the West Coast and East Coast, respectively. Russ’ objective is to use his background in the natural grocery channel to increase penetration there for Marley Coffee. Additionally, his expertise and relationship with KeHE will be exceptionally useful as we increase our distribution through them. Meanwhile, Chris’ experience opening and building big accounts at Marley Beverage will be a tremendous help now that he has moved over to the Marley Coffee team.
“Both Russ and Chris are industry veterans with a history of launching brands, and I am confident they are going to hit the ground running without missing a beat,” Toevs says. “I expect both will make an immediate positive impact on our national sales efforts.”