our team

meet the people behind chiz’s
Our mission is to create and maintain a work environment where people learn, grow and excel as they take accountability to collectively deliver the Chiz’s brand to our customers.

STEVE SMITH

CEO/ President
Steve Smith, spurred on by his experience and education gained at the New England Culinary Institute, founded a salsa company in 2014 which he named, Esteban’s Salsa. He began selling his salsas at the local farmer’s market and at state fairs and never returned home with inventory to spare. He sold out every single time. His success with Esteban’s salsa inspired him to begin to look into purchasing Chiz’s Cougar Cave, a small 21-seater Chinese-American restaurant, best known for its dressings and dips. Steve loved their products, recognized the value of their brand and saw the potential for expansion. With the help of Steve’s business partners, Steve purchased Chiz’s in 2015.

Since then Steve has built a state of the art food processing site, expanded the product line to 14 skews, and added bulk sizes to its distribution. These bulk sizes have expanded Chiz’s customer base from retail to food service companies and the distributors who service them. Today, Chiz’s products include Ranch, Blue Cheese and Cilantro Lime Ranch dressings, Strawberry and Vanilla Fruit dip, three unique and delicious Mexican Salsas and an Italian Vinaigrette. Steve’s excitement for Chiz’s and its future is contagious. He envisions the day when every person and home in America can join with others and together enjoy Chiz’s amazing dressings, dips and salsas.

Thomas Smith

Senior Leadership Advisor
Tom Smith is co-owner of Chiz’s Foods and is a strategic advisor to the Chiz’s leadership team. Prior to his association with Chiz’s, Tom Co-Founded Partners In Leadership, a Top 20 Leadership Training Company. Additionally he co-authored the most extensive body of knowledge on workplace accountability ever written. He co-authored the classic New York Times bestselling book, The Oz Principle: Getting Results through Individual and Organizational Accountability, ranked year after year as one of the top five bestselling business books in the leadership and performance categories. He also co-authored the New York Times bestsellers Change the Culture, Change the Game: The Breakthrough Strategy for Energizing Your Organization and Creating Accountability for Results, How Did That Happen? Holding People Accountable for Results the Positive, Principled Way and The Wisdom of Oz, Using Personal Accountability to Succeed in Everything You Do.

Tom has conducted workshops and consulting engagements with some of the most admired companies in the world. He has partnered with clients to help them produce billions of dollars in improved profitability and shareholder value and has done so using the award-winning content, processes and training that he and his team developed at Partners In Leadership.

Brian Evans

VP of Finance and Operations
Brian Evans leads and has responsibility for Chiz’s accounting and operations. He graduated at the top of his class from the Accounting Program at Brigham Young University – Provo and was awarded the Outstanding Accounting Undergraduate Student of the Year Award, an honor based on high academic achievement and extensive extracurricular participation. During his undergraduate schooling, he prepared for and passed both parts of the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) exam, co-founded a student-run consulting organization, and pioneered the business relations arm of the Marriot School’s Pre-Business Student Association.

Greyden Clark

VP of Quality and Assurance
Greyden Clark graduated with honors from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Food Science and a minor in Business Management. His experience covers a wide range of disciplines including industry-sponsored bacterial research in milk processing, consulting on food safety regulation, and developing and consumer-testing a soft-baked breakfast bar for a commercial client. While working for an international dairy corporation, he researched and validated analytical QA processes and developed an award-winning, carbonated ice cream product in a can, “Sparkling Scoops.”

Chris Lundell

VP of Marketing
Chris has more than 25 years of experience in sales and marketing leadership management. Chris’ experience includes leading many companies from SMB to Global 2000, through rapid double-digit growth and expansion. He has extensive experience in leading growth companies thru successful M&A, and IPO activities.

Chris much experience helping Asia Pacific and EMEA based companies establish growth in local markets and also instrumental in expanding strategies and routes to market in North. In addition to sales and marketing executive roles, Chris has extensive leadership experience as CEO, COO, and corporate and non-profit board representation.

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