Kelly Sosa, GM, SVP
Kelly Sosa is Senior Vice President and General Manager of Davidson Specialty Foods, C&S Wholesale Grocers’ Natural, Organic and Specialty division based out of New England. She is responsible for overall company performance, including profit and loss accountability, operations, customer management, strategy, and business development.
Prior to her current role, Kelly served as Vice President, Customer Development and Solutions with responsibility in the Sales organization for large-chain account management and corporate customer service. Kelly has held multiple roles at C&S in supply chain, process improvement, and operations. Kelly also spent five years at American Express in Manhattan, primarily as a Director in the Global Servicing and Merchant organizations focused on delivering extraordinary customer care, managing large merchant relationships, and developing business strategy based on customer feedback across eight key markets. While at American Express, Kelly was a board member of the NY Metro Chapter of the Professional Association for Customer Engagement.
Kelly earned her bachelor’s degree in History from Princeton University, where she was a two-sport Division I athlete in soccer and lacrosse. She is a BeamPines and C&S Certified Executive Coach, Certified Net Promoter Associate, and a member of the New England Chapter of NEW (Network of Executive Women). In 2014, she made the list of the Griffin Report’s 40 under 40 and was named a Woman of Influence in the Food Industry by the Shelby Report in 2015. Kelly presently serves on the board at Kroka, a wilderness expedition school for young people located on an organic farm in Marlow, NH. Kelly resides in West Chesterfield, NH with her three-year-old daughter, Vivien (Vivi), and two doodles. She is an avid outdoor enthusiast and non-fiction reader.
Robert Rowe, SVP, Operations
Bob Rowe Sr. is the longest-running employee and former President, with 42 years at Davison. He continues to advocate for the same philosophy of honesty, integrity, and dedication to customer service that his family has always stood for. “We are honest hard working people; we have great employees that share our values, and there are no gimmicks or hidden agendas with us. We have always been straightforward with our customers and their needs, which has been our strategy for success. We are not influenced by our bottom line. 'We say what we do and we do what we say' is our central focus. This has always been the key to our outstanding customer and vendor relationships."
Jim Rowe, SVP, Sales
Jim is Senior Vice President of Sales and much like his brothers, he has had the opportunity to work in every area of the business. He has been a constant in sales for many years and now supervises a 130 member sales force, which includes 100 sales reps and district and regional managers. Jim remembers a time when specialty foods were on a rack in the back of the store. Now, they are an integral part of most aisles, including frozen foods. He says, “Every retailer, large or small, uses some aspect of specialty and ethnic foods. It affects all customers...Davidson stands out because it not only carries unique specialty products but also carries them at the level of service we provide to the customers. We look at quality and not quantity. When we set up a new customer we look at the demographics, the competition, and how best we can serve the store and its customers."