Cammie Chatterton, president of Bay Food Brokerage Inc. in Tampa, Florida, received a Tampa BusinessWoman of the Year award at a gala Sept. 13 at the Tampa Marriott Water Street.
Chatterton was chosen as one of 27 women in different fields to receive the award. The women were selected by the Tampa Bay Business Journal and were profiled in the publication. More than 300 women nominated from the seven counties that make up Tampa Bay before the 27 winners were chosen.
In 1992, Chatterton and Mark Woolever saw the brokerage industry shifting from the small independent food broker to the large national grocery food broker. They believed that their expertise and knowledge in the industry was the right combination to develop a focused approach to perishable and grocery sales and support. They founded their agency in 1993.
Chatterton now owns Bay Food Brokerage and has spearheaded its growth into a firm that does business in seven states, with employees located in key areas throughout the region. Just this year, the company expanded its Grocery Division to include direct store delivery (DSD) specialists.
In addition to her role at Bay Food Brokerage, Chatterton also is a board member of the Grocery Manufacturers’ Representatives (GMR) in Tampa. The Florida GMR has brought together the Florida CPG community for 65 years. Its mission is “to foster the interaction and development of grocery industry professionals.” To serve its 800-plus members, it holds retailer forums; raises money for scholarships aimed at students interested in a CPG career; and works to grow the industry and its members.
Florida GMR spokesperson Linda Dyer, director of marketing for Demo Sales in Lakeland, Florida, said of Chatterton being named Tampa BusinessWoman of the Year, “This is a huge accomplishment, earned and well deserved, and also brings great awareness to the CPG industry.”