Senior Leadership Team
Learn more about our Senior Management team below!
President and Chief Executive Officer
Alan Recher joined Five Star as Chief Operating Officer in 2005, before taking the reins as CEO in 2008. He has 31 years of industry experience, including ten years here. Prior to joining Five Star, Alan served as Vice President of Aramark Refreshment Services. He is a graduate of Northern Michigan University.
Chief Financial Officer
Jean joined Five Star in 2010 as Chief Financial Officer. He has 26 years of related field experience, including serving as Vice President for Quality Distribution and then CFO for Xpress Global Systems, a Tennessee-based transportation and logistics company, and the largest bulk tank truck and logistic services provider in North America. Jean earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from University of Quebec, and is a Canadian Chartered Accountant (CPA equivalent in Canada).
Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing
In a career spanning 24 years, Greg McCall has shared his winning sales and marketing skills with such powerhouse global brands as the Sara Lee Corp., The Coca Cola Company, Nestle Purina Company and Campbell Soup Company. Greg joined Five Star in 2011 to lead the company’s sales and marketing initiatives. He is a proud alum of the University of Oregon with a degree in Economics and also holds a M.B.A. from the University of Portland.
Vice President, Sales
Pat Barger is a recent addition to the Five Star leadership team. Pat joined Five Star in early 2014 after having spent the past 30+ years with ARAMARK Refreshment Services. His experience includes roles in managing food and vending service operations, mentoring regional sales teams and supporting national account business. These past roles provides him with a unique perspective of our industry. In his new position Pat will be supporting our sales professionals in the development of customized refreshment solutions for our clients. Pat is a graduate of James Madison University.
Vice President, Micro-Markets
Mark joined Five Star in 2003 as the Vice President/General Manager for the Kinston, NC and Nashville, TN divisions. With over 35 years of successful industry experience in dining, vending, office coffee and micro markets, Mark specializes in providing the very best in service to our customers. Mark has recently joined the corporate staff in Chattanooga and will lead the company’s Micro-Market line of business.
Vice President, Office Coffee
Mike joined Five Star in early 2014 after 34 years at ARAMARK Refreshments and has extensive experience in Office Coffee, Vending and Micro Markets. Mike Always on the lookout for new products and equipment and has a team focused management style. Mike is the current President of TAMA, which is our industry’s state trade association. He has been a NAMA Certified Executive for over 5 years (NCE5).
Vice President, Dining Services
Charly comes to Five Star with over 35 years’ experience in food service management. Early years with a culinary degree learning the details of dining business, then Dining Manager / Trainer and finance with Restaura Dining. The past 20 years have been as a Finance Director with Aramark overseeing the Southeast. His expertise as an operator gives him the knowledge and tools to strengthen management’s ability to grow and control their business.
Vice President, Human Resources
As Human Resources Director, Peggy Russell has proven her value every day since joining the Five Star Team in 2007. Peggy has worked for over a decade in human resources and operations, and holds a bachelor of science and a masters in business administration from Kansas State University.
Vice President, Information Technology
Rob Spence joined the Five Star team in 2017 and brings 22 years of IT experience, including 5 years serving as Vice President of Information Technology. Prior to Five Star, Rob worked in the IT field in different industries such as Insurance, Finance, and Telecommunications. Rob is known for building IT teams, developing positive relationships and service, along with designing and implementing IT solutions for the company.
Director of Risk Management
Given his reputation from his time spent as a Safety/Human Resources Manager and Occupational Safety Specialist, Landon Martin was the ideal choice for Director of Risk Management, when he joined Five Star in 2012. He has a bachelor of science from Embry Riddle University. Please Contact Landon Martin regarding any personnel, vehicle, and facility safety inquiries at 423-643-2607.
Regional Vice President – North
Buddy has held his current position at Five Star since 2008, and comes to Five Star with over 3 decades of combined experience with industry giants Coca Cola and Service America. Over the years, Buddy has developed exceptional client skills, which also serve him well as an operations management specialist, and mentor to the entire staff.
Regional Vice President – Central
Beth’s 20-plus years of industry experience with Canteen Corporation and Service America made her an easy choice when she joined Five Star. Her skills and experience in both vending and dining services operations inspire and motivate everyone she works with. Beth has been with Five Star since 2002, and she attended Belmont University.
Regional Vice President – South
Robbie has been with Five Star since 2011, having previously spent 20 years with The Coca Cola Company, and six with Aramark Refreshment Services. While at Aramark, he worked with Five Star’s current CEO, Al Recher, where he honed his operational skills, and continues to share his work ethic and teamwork philosophy with everyone.