Our Team

Meet our Team

Our Savor Imports team is passionate about the rich culture of international ingredients and flavors. We love to collaborate and pride ourselves on our responsive and transparent nature—we share information and insights about our products, services, and solutions to nurture your business.

As a customer-focused company, we will anticipate and respond to your needs and provide the right solutions. Trust is at the center of all our products and services. Our mission is to be your go-to resource for international foods and flavors.

  • Lance Ficken

    Director

    Lance has led the Savor team since its founding in 2011. He has 24 years of experience in the U.S. foodservice industry. Lance enjoys watching his two boys participate in youth sports, golfing, cooking, and travel. His favorite travel location thus far is Seville, Spain and his bucket list destination is Tahiti. Lance’s favorite meal to cook at home is paella, and his favorite food ethnicity is Thai. Lance works out of Savor's corporate office in Chesterfield, Missouri.

  • Mike Harwell

    Category Manager

    As a Savor category manager, Mike is responsible for managing a large portion of our product offering. He searches the world to find the right items for the Savor pantry, works with vendors throughout the buying process, and manages inventory sales growth. Mike brings 29 years of foodservice experience and over two decades of importing experience to the Savor team. He is one of Savor's newest team members, having joined the team in April 2019. Mike's favorite types of foods are sushi and Thai. He is very active in the Houston soccer community and is a lifelong fan of all types of motorsports. Mike works from his home in Houston, TX.

  • Miranda Thies

    International Logistics Manager

    Miranda has 20 years’ experience in global logistics and manages the relationships and operational execution with all of Savor’s third-party service providers. Miranda works out of Savor's corporate office in Chesterfield, Missouri.

  • Sarah Rancuret

    Product Marketing Specialist & Graphic Designer

    Sarah is Savor’s marketing department. She does it all, from planning, project management, and execution of Savor's digital marketing, event marketing, and sales collateral development. She also oversees packaging design for all our products. Her background is in journalism, but she moved into the foodservice industry about 5 years ago. She likes to read, knit, play with her toddler, and cook—especially Indian food. Sarah works out of Savor's corporate office in Chesterfield, Missouri.

  • Steve DiMartinis

    Sales Manager

    Steve recently joined the Savor Team. He has 28 years of experience in the foodservice industry and is passionate about Boston Sports Team—where he was born and raised. Steve is now a resident of North Carolina and is a proud father of two young men. He enjoys spending time at the beach with his wife. His favorite food to cook at home is a nicely grilled NY strip steak, and his favorite food ethnicity is Italian. Steve works remotely out of his home in Hampstead, North Carolina.

  • Tammie Pate

    Global Trade Compliance Specialist

    Tammie handles all of Savor’s U.S. Customs, international trade, and documents compliance. Tammie is passionate about her garden and her chickens, and works remotely out of her home in Atlanta, Georgia.

  • Don Turley

    Corporate Chef Product Innovation

    Chef Don evaluates all of Savor Imports items for quality, flavor, and overall fit in Savor’s pantry. Don is also responsible for continually sensory benchmarking Savor food items to ensure they are the "best in class" in the industry! Don has been a chef for 26 years and has had the privilege of traveling (and eating) his way around the world. His favorite food destination is Singapore, and he enjoys golfing, boating, and fishing near his home in the North Georgia Mountains.

  • Danielle Moorman

    Business Coordinator

    Danielle works with the entire team throughout the onboarding process to ensure information is moving smoothly. Danielle works out of Dot's corporate headquarters in Mt. Sterling, Illinois.

  • Elong Ling

    Category Manager

    Elong is responsible for managing a large portion of our product offering. She searches the world to find the right items for the Savor pantry, works with vendors throughout the buying process, and manages inventory sales growth. She brings 10 years of foodservice industry experience to the team. Her favorite cuisines are Taiwanese because she's from Taiwan, and TexMex because she grew up in Texas. Elong works remotely from her home in Dallas.

  • George Purnell

    National Accounts Manager

    George is one of Savor's National Accounts Managers. He grew up in the industry through his family's company and is in his 4th decade in foodservice. After 8+ years as Protein Sales Manager at Dot Foods, he joined the Savor Imports team in 2018. George is a Mississippi State supporter and a lifelong Cardinals baseball fan. He works from his office in West Point, Mississippi.

  • Josh Gremillion

    Josh has 10 years of foodservice sales experience. He joined our National Account Sales Team in 2018. When Josh isn't traveling to see customers, he works out of Savor's corporate office in Chesterfield, MO. Josh and his wife Angie have 3 daughters, 2 of which are twins. He is an avid St. Louis sports fan, as well as the New Orleans Saints and LSU Football. Josh appreciates beach vacations with friends and family, biking, and golf.

    Josh enjoys using his smoker to cook different types of sub-primal proteins. His favorite ethnic flavors include Thai, North African, and anything Creole. His favorite sauce profiles include mole, gochujang, hoisin, harissa, satay.

     

  • Karen Keown

    National Accounts Manager

    Karen is one of Savor Import's National Account managers. She has been with Savor for 5 years and in the foodservice industry over 35 years, from owning and operating her own restaurant, to multiple roles in sales, especially in national accounts and specialty food. She is passionate about the food industry and a longtime member of women’s Foodservice forum. When Karen isn't traveling to see customers, she works out of her home in Bellingham, Washington.

  • Kristin Wright

    FSQA Import Manager

    Kristin manages all of Savor's FSQA matters. She has a Bachelor’s in Food Science and is currently working on completing her Master’s in Food Technology, both from The University of Georgia. GO DAWGS! Kristin was raised in the food industry and has always had a passion for the food world. She is one of Savor's newest team members, having joined the team in April 2019. In her spare time, she enjoys experimenting with recipes, redoing furniture, and spending time with her husband, Brad, and her dog, Bella. Kristin works based in Vidalia, Georgia.