MEET OUR TEAM

Jeff Carragher

JEFFREY M. CARRAGHER (Serv Safe Certified, CFSP II) Owner

Jeff has over 20 years of experience in the foodservice industry. He has always remained an active participant in industry events and organizations. Jeff's experience with the MAFSI board of directors and executive committee, along with multiple rep councils, has enabled him to see the industry from a broader perspective. He has carried that perspective over to the Link2 Hospitality Solutions family.

Fred Carragher

FRED J. CARRAGHER (Serv Safe Certified, CFSP II) Owner

Fred Carragher has been an Independent Representative in the Hospitality Industry for over 30 years. His expertise has included suppliers for both the back of the house and front of the house applications. This experience has allowed a unique perspective when approaching a hospitality based project. These projects have included working with B&I, Higher Education, Restaurants, Country Clubs, and Full Service Hotels to name a few. He can offer a perspective that allows an overall project analysis.

Chuck Kownaski

CHUCK KOWNASKI Territory Manager, Upstate NY

Chuck started as a foodservice equipment wholesale distributor in 1978 and was representing manufacturers, as an independent rep by 1984. Throughout his career, Chuck has covered all of upstate New York and Western Pennsylvania. He looks forward to helping dealers, distributors and consultants make their days more profitable while fulfilling manufacturers requirements. Chuck lives in the Buffalo area.

Kim Hayton

KIM HAYTON Office Manager

Kim brings over 20 years of administrative experience to Link2. She is responsible for daily office procedures and management in the Rochester office. Here organizational skills ensure smooth operations in a busy work environment. Kim also assists with marketing, inside sales, and customer service.

Poppy Hudson

POPPY HUDSON Inside Sales/Customer Service

Poppy has over 12 years of experience working extensively with custom commercial walk-in coolers, freezers and refrigeration. She works closely with dealers in designing the right walk-in to fit their customers’ needs.  Poppy is also very knowledgeable in all of our other equipment lines.  She provides quotes for bid projects and assists in finding the right products for specific applications.

Rob Schwalm

ROB SCHWALM Corporate Chef/Territory Manager

Rob is a culinary professional with more than five years of experience in the culinary field. In addition to receiving his culinary degree, Rob has previously worked as a chef at various upscale restaurants in the western New York area. Rob has been a territory manager and corporate chef for Link2 Hospitality Solutions’ in both upstate NY and Western PA & West Virginia and currently resides in Pittsburgh.

Sarah Mathias

SARAH MATHIAS Territory Manager - Place Card Hospitality

Sarah has been working in the food service industry for the past fifteen years in both the front and back of the house. Her interior design background makes her the perfect fit to manage the furniture and smallwares manufacturers represented by Link2.

Julio Torres

JULIO TORRES Dealer Specialist/Territory Manager

Julio has over 15 years of experience as a salesman and project manager in the foodservice equipment and supplies industry. Starting as a smallwares specialist and installer, he went on to learn equipment and became a project manager where he designed several restaurants in the Rochester area. He has also managed many large projects for schools, hospitals and various other institutions. Julio is a dealer relationship specialist in the Upstate NY market.

Andrew Carragher

ANDREW CARRAGHER Beverage Specialist

Andrew is the newest member of the Link2 family. He brings a unique perspective to our latest division, Link2 Beverage Solutions. His experiences include working with a full-service equipment and supplies dealer in the foodservice industry, as well as bar management and bartending at an upscale cigar bar. Andrew’s background and experience will serve the beverage market well while helping to develop our newest division.