Mr. Galiher founded Preferred Freezer Services, LLC in November of 1989. Together with a select group of investment partners, Mr. Galiher directed the acquisition of Preferred's warehouse and transportation business, a family-owned regional operation with sales of $2.5 million. Mr. Galiher has been the driving force of our growth and corporate identity, since our inception, in 1989. His unique blend of experience in engineering, construction, sales and management has been key to the company’s success.
As CEO, Mr. Galiher is responsible for the company's growth, fiscal planning, market strategy, technical development and banking/financing relationships. Today, he has augmented the organizational chart to include a fully-integrated staff of executives to manage growing operations and expanding business opportunities.
Past employment experiences include sales, engineering and project execution for one of North America’s largest industrial refrigeration companies owned by the public company Toromont Industries. Prior to starting Preferred, Mr. Galiher was executive Vice President and Co-founder of Condyne Freezers, Inc. and was a member of the Board of Condyne, Inc.
Mr. Galiher has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Southeastern Massachusetts University and numerous continuing education credentials relating to refrigerated specific technologies. He has received several awards for outstanding business achievements, been the subject of several industry articles relating to "state-of-the-art" technology and is an active member in both the National Fisheries Institute and International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses.
Mr. Hensley joined the company in March 2009. His responsibilities include the financial, accounting and administration management of the company. He brings more than 25 years of experience in accounting and finance. Mr. Hensley’s background includes both large public companies and high growth entrepreneurial companies along with international and public accounting experience. As a CFO, Mr. Hensley has extensive experience leading companies through initial and secondary public offerings as well as acquisitions and strategic sales.
Prior to his current position, he was Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of PODS, Inc. PODS, Inc. is a provider of moving and storage services. His career started out at Arthur Andersen, LLP where he spent 10 years as an audit manager.
Mr. Hensley has a BS in Accounting from Bob Jones University, South Carolina and a MBA from Emory University, Georgia. Mr. Hensley is a CPA.
Brian Beattie joined Preferred Freezer Services in June 2010 as Executive Vice President, Sales with responsibility leading Sales, Business Development, Customer Service and Marketing. Before joining the Preferred Freezer Services team, Brian was Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing for CHEP U.S.A., a division of Brambles. He also led their global marketing, product engineering, mergers and acquisition initiatives. One of the most notable accomplishments was leading the acquisition and integration of Lean Logistics, a “Software as a Service” third party logistics provider. He has a deep background in sales and marketing with additional leadership experience at Ryder, Tenneco and Pepsi-Cola. Brian holds a BA in Business Administration, Transportation and Marketing from Michigan State University.
Tim McLellan Business Development Pacific North West Read Bio
In April 2009 Preferred Freezer Services hired Timothy McLellan to serve as the Managing Director of International Business Development. Mr. McLellan’s responsibility is to globally promote and establish the company's core business model of designing, building and operating refrigerated warehouse facilities.
Prior to joining the company, Mr. McLellan served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Empress International Ltd., a leading U.S. importer and marketer of frozen seafood products. Mr. McLellan has more than 28 years of experience in sales, procurement, supply-chain management and business development in both domestic and international markets. His understanding of logistics and warehousing from a customer’s perspective is a valuable asset to the company. His previous leadership positions include: National Sales Manager for ConAgra Foods - Seafood Division; VP Sales and Marketing for Seafood Marketing Specialists, a procurement arm for US Foodservice; Director of Sales & International Business Development for Kolhoz Vostok-1/North Pacific Corp, a Russian company based in the U.S.; and Sales Manager for a Hawaii-based broadline foodservice distributor. Mr. McLellan’s background includes extensive overseas travels to establish foreign sales offices and oversee business development projects in Asia, Europe, Australia and Japan, along with procurement initiatives in Mexico and Central/South America.
As business continues its global expansion, Mr. McLellan will also represent the company’s awareness of and response to corporate social responsibilities, as expressed through affiliations with organizations such as the National Fisheries Institute and the Global Aquaculture Alliance.
Dan DiDonato Executive Vice President, Sales Read Bio
Mr. DiDonato joined Preferred Freezer Services in 1995 as Sales Manager for the company’s 1st location. In 2001, Mr. DiDonato was promoted to Vice President of Sales and in 2014 he was promoted to Executive Vice President of Sales. During his 15 years with the company, Dan has been a key member of the executive team that drove the company’s unprecedented growth within the temperature controlled warehousing industry. His sales leadership was instrumental in growing a national sales team that took the company from operating several facilities to its current size of 31 locations in North America. Dan is responsible for the development of new business, managing existing national clients, customer service and marketing. Other responsibilities include managing and growing a nationwide sales team that currently consists of over 24 sales professionals and support personnel.
Mr. DiDonato has extensive knowledge within the global seafood industry and is an active member of the National Fisheries Institute where he serves on their board of directors. He also remains actively involved in several other industry associations including the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA).
Dan attended St. John’s University in New York where he earned his B.S. degree in communications. While attending college, he worked for Preferred Freezer Services in operations giving him a broad perspective on the company and the temperature controlled warehousing industry as a whole.
Todd Klumok EVP, Business Development & Planning Read Bio
Mr. Klumok joined the company in June 2010. His responsibilities include the development and subsequent rollout of Preferred Freezer Services more comprehensive logistics offerings with a focus on the North American consumer packaged goods market.
Prior to joining the company, Todd held several senior level sales and marketing positions with two of the largest third-party providers of temperature-controlled food distribution services in the United States. His unique blend of analytical, operational, sales, and relationship management skills have contributed to his success in developing and executing regional and national distribution programs for many of the nation’s largest food companies. In addition to his 3PL experience, Todd also held consulting roles for companies involved in the supply chain and financial services industries.
Mr. Klumok has a MBA in Finance from the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business and a BS in Management from Tulane University’s A.B. Freeman School of Business. He is also certified by the American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS) in Production and Inventory Management.
Kevin Daly Executive Vice President, Logistics Read Bio
Kevin Daly joined Preferred Freezer Services as Vice President of Sales, Logistics. He was promoted to Executive Vice President of Logistics in 2014.
Mr. Daly brings over 20 years sales and customer service leadership to Preferred Freezer Services, most recently from DHL, with additional experience at UPS, Spherion and Airborne Express. He is a graduate of Niagara University and has a solid background in strategic selling, transportation and managing global logistics networks.
Mr. Williams joined the company in 2011 as the Director of East Coast Operations. He was promoted to V.P. of Operations in 2014. He brings over 10 years of progressive cold storage experience to Preferred.
Prior to joining Preferred, Mr. Williams worked in food manufacturing for ConAgra Foods and Green Tree Packaging in engineering/management roles. His career started out in the maritime industry in shipboard and stevedoring operations.
Mr. Williams has been directly involved in opening in 5 Preferred freezer locations. He is extensively involved in continuous improvement, staff development and capital purchasing.
Mr. Williams holds a B.S. of Science in Marine Transportation from The California Maritime Academy.
Lawrence Abbott Regional Sales Director - West Read Bio
Lawrence joined Preferred Freezer Services in January, 2004 as Sales Manager for the Los Angeles facility, along with responsibilities for the Washington Blvd and Food Center locations. His responsibilities included new sales, forecasting and budgeting, account and revenue analysis, competition research, coordinating new programs, training new sales managers, assisting with new facility start ups and growing sales at a regional and national level.
In January 2010, Lawrence was promoted to his current role as Regional Sales Director. In this newly created role, Lawrence leads sales and customer service for all facilities west of the Mississippi. His primary responsibilities include leading the sales team, driving sales growth through new business development, account optimization, goal oriented planning, execution and the highest levels of customer service.
Lawrence was born in Saigon, Vietnam and has lived in many places across the United States. His career started in law enforcement which he leveraged to enter the traditional business market. He spent the next 15 years in the firearms industry in roles ranging from retail to manufacturing and government contract work.
He is a member of the National Fisheries Institute and a Future Leaders graduate – Class of 2005, California Fisheries & Seafood Institute, Southern California Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Council, Northwest Fisheries Institute and a Global Aquaculture Alliance member. Lawrence is married with four children and enjoys music, theater, hiking and family.
John Ingrassia Regional Sales Director, East Read Bio
Mr. Ingrassia joined the company in April of 2000 as Preferred Freezer Services expanded operations to the West Coast. John held the position of Sales Manager at several Los Angeles divisions as the company developed six new facilities in eight years. John’s duties included the development of new business, sales forecasting and budgeting, customer service, rate and competitive market analysis and p + l development.
In January of 2010, Mr. Ingrassia was promoted to Regional Sales Director for the Eastern United States. John will continue to work directly with the divisional Sales Manager team to focus on core sales growth through new business development and account and revenue analysis.
A 1995 graduate of West Virginia University, John holds a degree in Sociology and Anthropology. Trade associations include active membership in the National Fisheries Institute, the Southern California Frozen and Refrigerated Foods Council, Meat Import Council of America, the Global Aquaculture Alliance.
Paddy Sellino US Director of Office Operations Read Bio
Ms. Sellino became the Director of U.S. Office Operations in 2011. Her responsibilities include the establishment and adherence to standard operating procedures throughout Preferred Freezers. Paddy is involved from the inception of each new facility providing oversight throughout its operation to maintain uniformity at all installations. Ms. Sellino is continually required to stay current with all upgrades and new generations of Warehouse Logic – our computer warehousing program. Her skills in the MIS department lead her to developing a state of the art online service for customers and employees which is being implemented nationwide.
Ms. Sellino began her tenure with Preferred Freezers in 1995. She was Customer Service Representative of the Year in 1996 and has maintained perfect attendance since her first day at Preferred. She has faithfully served Preferred in a variety of capacities, including Assistant Office Manager and Manager of Information Services prior to her elevation to her current position.
Ms. Sellino is a graduate of du Cret School of Arts. Past employments include working for the top magazines such as Seventeen, Automobile, The New Yorker and Maribella. Shortly thereafter, she obtained her certificate from Chubb Technical Institute, specializing in Computers and Technical Support in 2000.
Bob Walsh accepted the role of Fleet Maintenance Manager after serving as a Chief Mechanic since 1999. Mr. Walsh has multiple years of industry experience in refrigeration, material handling and fire suppression systems.
Gail Hannagan joined Preferred Freezer Services in 2010 as their Marketing Coordinator. Ms. Hannagan’s responsibilities include brand positioning and management, public and media relations, marketing collateral, customer communication, website management, budget planning and organizing trade show events.
Ms. Hannagan has an extensive background in online marketing, print design, web site development and photography. Past employment experience includes a career with AT&T as an Executive Photographer, Graphic Designer, Web Developer as well as a Marketing Specialist with Realogy Corporation.
Gail is a member of the Professional Photographers of America and the National Association of Women Artists.