Management Team

John Nilsson

Background: Worked for Plumrose as VP of Sales for 7 years.
Relevant Sales Experience: over 30 years
Founded Action Food Sales in 1989

Mike Hughes

Account Executive
Background: Worked for Sara Lee and Tyson as a Regional Sales Manager.
Joined AFS in 2001
Relevant Sales Experience: 23 Years

Phil Harrell

Account Executive
Background: Worked for Nash Finch as a Meat Director.
Joined AFS in 1998
Relevant Sales Experience: 26 years

John Nilsson, Jr

Account Executive
Background: Graduated in 2007 from UNC Chapel Hill. Spent a year and a half as an in house Vendor Technician at Delhaize America.
Joined Action in 2007
Relevant Sales Experience: 7 Years

Roy Allen

Retail Director
Background: Spent 23 years with Delhaize America.
Joined Action in 2010

Preston Harrell

Account Executive
Background: United Sates Air Force, US Foods Fresh & Frozen Meat, Dry Goods and Produce Buyer
Joined Action in 2014 Relevant Sales Experience: 4 Years

Mike Mickie

Account Executive
Background: Winn Dixie, Meat Supervisor, Meat Buyer and Senior Corporate Category Manager
Joined Action in 2013 Relevant Sales Experience: 31 Years

What people are saying...

John Nilsson and team delivered 100% of the time! Action Food Sales gave us the support we needed at retail and HQ. They have quality people on the street making things happen as well as being exceptionally well connected at all customers. If you want a broker that delivers on goal, provides in-depth market solutions, and knows how to get things done... my recommendation is Action Food Sales!

- Steve Purdy, Former VP of Sales - Jimmy Dean Foods

John Nilsson and the Action Foods Sales team are one of Land O'Frost's most valued partners. Action Foods dedication and knowledge of their marketplace is second to none. The Action Foods Sales team consistently achieves each and every one of their goals. John is a team member of the Land O'Frost Broker Advisory board and is always willing to share his wisdom with the group. We truly value our partnership with John and Action Foods, and look forward to a long relationship.

- Dave Funk, Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing - Land O'Frost

Action Food Sales represented Ball Park for 15 years and took Ball Park brand Hot Dogs from a 5 share point to a 30 share point in less than 9 years. Action Food Sales became our largest broker and their desire to sell and obtain authorizations was second to none.

- Greg Sykes, former President - Ball Park Brands

Over the years, Action Food Sales has developed excellent relationships with virtually all key departments and at every level within our customers’ organizations. As a result, their follow up and execution after headquarter appointments matches the level of their preparation, which is excellent. Their retail execution is also top-notch. We rely on Action’s experienced and capable retail team to represent us at resets and to ensure our product is properly displayed, tagged and rotated. To top it all off, their office staff is friendly, effective and easy to work with. Action Food Sales is a highly trusted and valued member of our team.

- Eric Esch, SVP of Sales and Brand Development - Hickory Foods

Our partnership with Action Foods Sales, which began over a decade ago, has been an important factor in the growth and success of Carolina Pride Foods over this time period. This has come about through the driven desire to succeed from John Nilsson and his front line sales team. Of equal importance has been the highly competent and effective supporting staff at Action that works behind the scenes to make the administrative aspect of our business run smoothly. We look forward to the many successes that we have yet to accomplish!

- VP of Sales - Carolina Pride

Action Foods is one of the finest brokers I have ever worked with. They have delivered incredible results every year...... We are proud to be a partner with John Nilsson and his exceptional team at Action Food Sales.

- Chris Trosin, Vice President of Sales and Marketing - High Liner Foods USA

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