William ‘Mikel’ Waldon
Mikel began his career as a vacation relief driver for Interstate Brands Corp. (Dolly Madison Cakes) in 1980. At age 25, he became the youngest District Manager in the company, in charge of Arizona. Due to exceptional growth in the first two years, Mikel was put in charge of Nevada, Utah, and So. California.
After 10 years with IBC, Mikel was approached by a headhunter and subsequently moved to Pennsylvania as VP of Sales for Penn Dairies, Inc., with sales coverage from Virginia to Maine. While putting together a deal in DC between Marriott and Haagen-Dazs, he was asked to take the job of General Manager of the new Haagen-Dazs distribution facility in Moorestown, NJ, with distribution covering all trade classes in Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.
After the sale of Pillsbury to Grand Metropolitan, Mikel joined Johanna Foods Inc. as Vice President of Sales and Marketing, where he grew the business to all trade classes nationally from 1993-1999.
Mikel was recruited in late 1999 as President of R-1, a large brokerage firm in St. Louis, servicing Aldi, Save-A-Lot, and Dollar General. Upon the death of the then president of MPS in New Jersey, Mikel was recruited to fill that position which he held from late 2003 to the end of 2006.
Mikel left MPS in November 2006 and started Empire Food Marketing in January 2007. He acquired Regional Access, a broker in Harrisburg, PA, in 2008. Empire Food Marketing currently services all supermarkets from West Virginia to Maine, east of Pittsburgh.