These are the outstanding individuals who bring passion, knowledge and years of experience to the Artisan West Marketing Team.
Ray had a vision for many years of impacting the specialty food category in a positive way. Starting out 22 years ago with Overwaitea Food Group his love for specialty foods and of course CHEESE began! After 14 successful years in grocery retail Ray felt a stirring for change. He had the great fortune of connecting and working with Lekker Food Distributors. His roles included sales, key account management, community events, partner relationships and product development. There he was given the ability to learn, grow, create relationships and knowledge that has given him the platform to share his vision. His new home "Artisan West" is a company passionate about real food, collaboration and integrity.
"Thank you to friends, mentors and great leaders in the industry, together we create greatness" RS
Saasha, the sales, marketing and educator extraordinaire. Saasha brings over 22 years of customer service and sales experience to this team. Most of her background lies in her fierce abilities to educate and effectively communicate to both small and large audiences alike. Saashas's passion for real food, cooking, and yoga fuel her desire to make our food culture and community thrive by providing education and sales support. Artisan West was the perfect fit!
Rian has a strong background of entrepreneurial business development and corporate food retail management. Rian has spent over 20 years working in the food industry in South Africa, the UK & Canada. His experience extends to distribution, marketing, manufacturing, product development, buying, store design, training & optimizing operational processes. Rian’s passion for real, quality speciality foods in conjunction with his entrepreneurial spirit and management capabilities, make him an asset to the Artisan West team.