Jeff Griffiths – Jeff is a managing partner of Miller & Associates and has been in the industry for 20 years. He brings a unifying team concept to the group and is proactive in creating and developing great relationships with our partners. Jeff arrived at Miller & Associates in February 2005 and also manages sales in Northeast Texas . He came to Miller after seven years at a competing rep. firm, and prior to that he spent five years as a salesperson for ISI Commercial Refrigeration. In November 2006, Jeff and Bobby Watson purchased Miller & Associates from Margery Miller. Jeff enjoys working in all segments of the foodservice industry: Consultants, chains, end users, and dealers.
Bobby Watson – Bobby is a managing partner of Miller & Associates and has been with the company since October, 1999. He came to M&A after a successful career as a foodservice dealer. He was the President of Watson Foodservice Industries from 1985-1991 and then Division President of White Swan, Inc. Watson Division from 1991-1993. Later White Swan became U.S. Foodservice and Bobby was President of the Watson Division. In November 2006, he and Jeff Griffiths purchased Miller & Associates from Margery Miller and Bobby became its President. He handles the Southwest Texas territory where he has achieved great success with Concept Services, Ace Mart, and Mission Restaurant Supply. Bobby has designed prototype foodservice operations for Valero and he has been successful on the foodservice side with H.E.B. Grocery Stores. He also works directly with many consultants and end-users throughout the region to specify and pull equipment sales through the dealer network. Bobby is active with the Texas Association of School Nutrition and is also on the Unified Brands Rep. Council. He has a degree in architecture and was Foodservice Equipment and Supplies Magazine’s “Young Lion” award winner in 1990.
Dan Nelson, CFSP – Dan came to Miller & Associates in November 1989 and is a sales rep. in the Austin/San Antonio area. He has a broad range of skills that offer many benefits to our customers and factories. He is successful working with end users, consultants and dealers. Prior to his move to sales Dan was responsible for quoting and technical support on design projects. In the field, his extensive knowledge base, attention to customers’ needs, and sense of urgency contribute to his success.
JoAnne Stephenson – JoAnne joined Miller & Associates in January 1999, and she handles outside sales in North and West Texas. She has worked in hotel operations and has managed restaurants for Steak & Ale and Olive Garden. Furthermore, she enjoyed great success as a salesperson for foodservice dealers and manufacturers. With all of her operational experience, JoAnne loves to “dive in” and work with end users to find the right products to satisfy their needs. She excels with foodservice directors at schools, hospitals and corporate commissaries.
Greg Morris – Greg joined Miller & Associates in March 2007 and manages the North Texas & Oklahoma markets. He provides technical sales for several large projects and specific customers. Greg joined M&A after four years at a competing rep. firm, and prior to that he spent 9 years as an account manager, sales engineer, manufacturing engineer, and quality engineer in the automotive manufacturing industry. Greg is experienced in all segments of the foodservice industry and has achieved success in the convenience store segment, particularly with QuikTrip. Greg’s unique background, including manufacturing, sales, engineering and account management is a tremendous asset to our company. He allows us to provide a new set of services to our customers.
Tug Toler – Tug covers the DFW territory, focusing on chains, consultants and K-12. He’s been a manufacturer’s representative since 2007 and had 5 years of experience in the hospitality side of the industry; as a short order cook, fine dining waiter and bartender. He and his wife were married in 2007 and became proud parents of a daughter in 2010 and again in 2014. Tug is a graduate of Texas Tech University, where he was a founding member of an Improv Comedy Troupe that is still performing today. His interests are culinary, SCUBA, sports and other outdoor activities.
Jeff “JT” Thompson – JT joined Miller & Associates in 2011 and brings a wide variety of skills and experience to the team. For 15 years he worked in restaurant operations for large chain accounts training managers in BOH (Back of House) operations. He then had the opportunity to work with a variety of Kitchen Equipment Dealers for 13 years.
Daniel Bonilla – Daniel has extensive foodservice operations experience. His experience includes 7 years managing kitchens at Corner Bakery, 6 years as a training chef for Pei Wei, and 7 years as RD Chef/Culinary Operations Manager for Zoe’s Kitchen. Daniel also owned and operated his own restaurant.
Daniel’s experience allows him to provide unique services to our end user, dealer, consultant, and factory partners. He has a great work ethic, and a strong desire to add value throughout our distribution channel.
Laura Thompson – Laura joined Miller & Associates in November of 2017, and handles outside sales in San Antonio. She previously was employed by Bally Refrigerated Boxes and her diverse background in construction, sales, and the food industry gives her a well-rounded view on the restaurant equipment industry. Laura is ready and eager to dive in to this new position and work with end users, consultants, and dealers.
Chef April Barney-Pouncy – Corporate Executive Chef April has been a prominent leader in the culinary industry for over 14 years, serving in a variety of cooking and educational capacities. April has served as the Director of Culinary arts in the Wylie ISD in Wylie, TX and as Chef Educator at Skyline High School Culinary Arts Magnet in the Dallas ISD – leading students and developing curriculum to allow them to explore their futures in the restaurant and foodservice industry. In addition to her educational achievements, she also served as the Executive Chef in the districts restaurant training program as well as filling the role of District Caterer.
She broadened her reach to culinary students by serving as the Executive Chef with Skyline Café in Dallas, TX. While there, she trained students in large-scale food preparation as well as lead the overall operations including staff training, menu development, purchasing and customer relations. Chef April has also served as Chef/Owner of her own business that specialized in high-volume fine dining, catering, private events and culinary education.
April is a recent board member for the TX Chefs Association and served as the community outreach co/chair. She is a member of the Greater Dallas Restaurant Association Education Board and represented the Dallas Chapter of Texas Chefs Association as the 2014 Educator of the Year. Her most recent nominations include Le Dames of Escoffier and Texas Restaurant Association Excellence in Education Award.
Chris Miller – Chris manages all of the marketing and communication efforts including social media, website production and brand development. He also provides marketing support for our outside sales team and all customers. Chris has over 25 years of marketing experience, primarily with large manufacturers as well as small to mid-size businesses.
Inside Sales, Quotes
Diane Hager – Diane joined Miller and Associates in January 2016 with 16 years of restaurant furniture manufacturing experience. She is our in-house restaurant furniture specialist, and supports our quoting department and outside sales representatives.
Cheryl Brewster – Cheryl joined Miller & Associates in March of 2017. She brings 18 years of restaurant equipment experience along with a willingness to help to our company. She is our in-house sales support and Quotation Manager. She is a Mom of three and spends most weekends cheering on her youngest at various Volleyball tournaments.
Tammy Hutchison – Tammy came to M&A in January 2006. In February of 2007, she was promoted to Office Manager. She joined Miller with a strong working knowledge of how paper flows through an office, and with extensive management experience. Her background is in the insurance business where details are extremely important and proper documentation is a key to success. For M&A, Tammy utilizes her attention to detail as she processes all of our purchase orders. Since she began this task, our office has not lost one order. By setting up order tracking protocols, and also by sending orders to our factories with corresponding quotes, we have been able to process orders much more quickly and efficiently. Tammy also helps by proofing quotes, general customer service, and managing necessary information during chain rollouts.
Travis Worsham – Travis has a broad range of experience in the foodservice industry, working at both the dealer and end-user level. Travis currently manages the commission process within Miller & Associates.
Tucker Meyers – Tucker Meyers works as a part of the inside office staff at Miller & Associates and deals in orders processing, data entry, and overall customer service. He came to Miller in the summer of 2013 as a part-time data entry worker and was hired on full-time in February of 2016 in an expanded role with a better understanding of the office processes as a whole. Having earned his bachelor’s degree in video production from The University of Texas at Arlington, he also brings a new skill set to the Miller team through the production of training/demo/culinary videos that service Miller and its ever-growing foodservice network. Tucker greatly enjoys having the opportunity to be a part of the Miller family and strives to always be of the utmost service and support to its customers in any situation.
Mason Meyers – Mason is part of the inside office staff at Miller & Associates and deals with orders processing, data entry, and overall customer service as well as helping with the commission process and other office organizing. Mason, much like his brother, started at Miller in May 2013 as a part-time data entry worker. After finishing school and earning his Bachelor’s degree in journalism/public relations from Texas A&M University – Commerce in July 2017, he was hired on full-time. With his knowledge in the field of PR and journalism, Mason also helps with blog writing and website maintenance, offering yet another new skill set to the Miller & Associates team.