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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Josh Gremillion

    National Accounts Manager

    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.

  • Karen Keown

    National Accounts Manager

    Karen is one of Savor Import's National Account managers. She has been with Savor since 2014 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Sarah Rancuret

    Marketing Manager

    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 7 years ago. She likes to read, knit, play with her two young sons, and cook—especially Indian food. Sarah works out of Savor's corporate office in Chesterfield, Missouri.

  • Tamber Wade

    Graphic Designer

    Tamber joined Savor in early 2021 as graphic designer. Tamber supports the entire team by designing sales collateral, emails, packaging labels, and assisting with all marketing activities. Tamber moved to Illinois from Louisiana in 2017 and has a background in tourism. Outside of work, her hobbies are freelancing, DIYing, creative writing, and watching Youtube. Tamber enjoys home cooking and cajun cuisine. Tamber works out of Savor’s corporate office in Chesterfield, MO.

  • Danielle Moorman

    Business Coordinator

    Danielle has been working with the entire Savor team since 2016 to support all areas of the business. She is an internal contact with Dot Foods and assists the national account managers in contract management, while also contributing to the onboarding process of new vendors with our category managers. She monitors and runs many reports for management and the team for best operating procedures. Danielle works out of Dot’s corporate headquarters in Mt. Sterling, where she lives with her husband, Chad, and son, Wayson.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Keira Gilmore

    FSQA Import Manager

    Keira Gilmore is Savor's newest team member. She came to us with 11 years of experience in quality. She has a bachelors degree from Quincy University. She enjoys creating memories with her boys, crafting, and exploring new restaurants and wineries.

  • Nayab Contractor

    ‪E-Commerce Merchandiser

    Nayab joined Dot Foods and the Savor Team in late 2021. She is an e-commerce merchandiser who works to ensure a better user experience when shopping for our products. She has experience leading various teams in brand development, marketing, and events in media.

    Since moving to Houston in 2013 she founded spice company Bohra Pantry and co-founded Indian Food Trail, a food-tech platform that provided micro-entrepreneurship opportunities to Indian women who could serve their food to customers in their homes.

    She lives with her husband and daughter and works remotely. Coffee and books make her happy and she loves exploring new cuisines.

  • Bailey Keech

    Master Data Analyst

    Bailey has worked with the Savor team since 2020 to gather, upload, and enhance item data for all Savor items. She maintains everything from core spec information, such as dimensions and weights, to marketing information such as images and nutrition panels within Savor’s internal systems that then populate customer-facing e-commerce platforms where Savor's products are sold. Bailey has been with Dot Foods for 7 years at the headquartrs in Mt. Sterling. She loves hunting, fishing, jet-skiing, water skiing, and helping out on her family horse and cattle farm.

  • Brei Ham

    Inventory Supply Chain Manager

    Brei orders and manages the inventory in the replenishment system. She oversees the overall supply chain and logistics strategy and operations to maximize process efficiency and productivity. She specifically works with Elong Ling's categories. She has been at Dot 7.5 years. Her background is in agriculture. She grew up on a family farm, has a bachelor’s of ag business from Western Illinois University, spent 8 years prior to Dot working for an ag supply company, and spends her spare time working on her family livestock and grain farm, attending her children’s activities, and traveling with her husband Chris and children Kyndall, Karlee, and Rylan.