Anthony Dyer, Beer
Anthony’s career at Raley’s Family of Fine Stores began in 2000, when he started as a courtesy clerk, bagging customers’ groceries. Since that time, he has advanced from store management to Raley’s expert on beer. As his love for food and beverage grew, Anthony developed a strong passion for craft beer, and now gets to bring that passion to life. California is home to many craft brewers and as the beer buyer, Anthony aims to make Raley’s an industry leader in craft beer.
Anthony completed his Bachelors degree in economics from Sacramento State University, and completed a Masters in economics from UC Santa Barbara. He is a Cicerone Certified Beer Server and a Wine and Spirits Education Trust-Wine and Spirits Expert Level 2. He continues to grow his beer knowledge and is working on becoming a Certified Cicerone. Anthony lives in Sacramento, and when he is not checking out new breweries he plays softball, enjoys cooking, and hanging out with his girlfriend Kylie, and their two dogs. (To request an interview, click here)
Dave Fluitt, Pharmacy
Dave Fluitt became a pharmacist in 1981, working at Raley’s since 1991. He is passionate about pharmacy and loves taking care of patients. He currently works for us as a pharmacy supervisor in Nevada and is actively involved in developing Raley’s immunization program. He serves on the Nevada Medicaid Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee as well as the Medical Care Advisory Committee for Nevada.
Dave volunteers with medical missionary teams, most recently heading to Guatemala, and going to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. He often works in a local free medical clinic with his wife, Kelly, who also works there as a nurse practitioner.
In his free time, he considers himself a “solid beginner” on both bass guitar and acoustic guitar stating that now at least his dog will stay in the room now when he plays. (To request an interview, click here)
Elias Lara, Bakery
Elias began his bakery career over 30 years ago when he moved to the United States from Mexico. After working with several independent artisan bakeries, he joined Raley’s team in 1990 and quickly moved up in the ranks – starting as a courtesy clerk, then holding positons as baker, cake decorator, bakery manager, bakery trainer, customer service manager, food service supervisor and most recently, Category Manager for Bakery.
Elias is married to his wife, Maria and together they have four children. At their wedding, Elias baked and decorated their 7 tier wedding cake from local ingredients at a shop in the state of Michoacán in Mexico.
Between work, raising a family and pursuing a college degree in business, Elias has very little down time. You can usually find him in the kitchen, feeding his passion for cooking, baking and wedding cake decorating. He also enjoys spending time with his family, hiking, and gardening. (To request an interview, click here)
Curtis Mann, Wine and Spirits
Curtis Mann is a fifteen year veteran of the California wine industry, with experience in hospitality, direct-to-consumer sales, and wine marketing. Currently as the Wine, Beer and Spirits buyer for the Raley’s Supermarket Chain he is responsible for alcohol sales across 115 Nob Hill, Bel Air, and Raley’s stores in California and Nevada. In the last two years he has been instrumental in upscaling much of Raley’s selection making inroads into classic regions of the wine world as well as eclectic offering from California, Oregon and Washington. Additionally under his leadership, the chain has hired thirty in-store wine stewards who help customers understand the exciting but complex world of wine through weekly educational tastings.
Curtis began his career at ZD Wines, and later served as tasting room manager at Baldacci Family Vineyards, where under his guidance it was cited as one of the six best places to visit in Napa Valley by the Wall Street Journal. Upon earning his MBA from UC Davis’s Graduate School of Management, he assumed a marketing role as a brand manager for Trinchero Family Estates. After a two year stint in wine marketing he performed a number of roles in the retail and restaurant industries buying and selling wine and beer before assuming his position at Raley’s.
Curtis has completed the prestigious Wine and Spirits Education Trust diploma and is currently enrolled in the Masters of Wine program as a second year student. He is also a wine judge at the California State and Calaveras County Fairs and continues to educate consumers through frequent appearances on Good Day Sacramento. (To request an interview, click here)
Evelyn Miliate, Corporate Chef
Evelyn brings a wealth of experience to her role in crafting and creating a range of products for the stores, from complete holiday dinners to award-winning ready-to-go meal solutions, with the goal of always bringing gourmet cooking to the everyday kitchen table. You may recognize Evelyn from her popular TV appearances, offering tips and cooking techniques for Raley’s. A graduate of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, Evelyn moved to Sacramento in 1990 after working in Philadelphia-area restaurants. In Sacramento, she served as a chef at a catering company, a European bakery and two popular restaurants before joining Raley’s in 1998. (To request an interview, click here)
As a former athlete and big time “foodie”, nutrition has always been a big part of Emmie’s life. She loves creating new ways to teach and inspire the people around her to live a healthy life to the fullest. Emmie believes in whole food nutrition, eating quality food, and understanding where food comes from. She is passionate about helping others achieve their personal nutrition for optimal health.
Emmie is a board certified sports nutritionist and registered dietitian. Before coming to Raley’s, she worked with professional and collegiate athletes, and served as the dietitian for the Navy SEALs. She also worked in public relations in Washington, DC, as a nutrition communications manager.
Emmie enjoys anything that will get her outdoors or moving, and has recently become a big fan of yoga, adding a much-needed balance to her life. Originally from Maryland, Emmie moved to Sacramento with her husband last year. Together they love finding new places to eat around town, and enjoy traveling around the world and meeting new people. (To request an interview, click here)
Michael Schutt, Produce
Michael’s passion for produce has been evident since beginning his career with Raley’s back in 1986. He has worked as a Produce Clerk, Produce Manager, Produce Quality Control and currently as a Produce Buyer. With a special interest in organics, Michael pioneered Raley’s program in the ‘90s. As a Produce Buyer, his top measure for success is flavor, “that’s what the customer will remember and what will bring them back.”
Living in Sacramento with his wonderful family (including his wife, Xenia, who also works for Raley’s!, stepson, Jaron, and daughter, Noelia) feeds both his working passion and his love of the outdoors. If he’s not visiting local growers, you may find him hiking or tent camping in the region. (To request an interview, click here)
Julie Scott, Catering and Specialty Cheese
As a young child growing up in upstate New York, one of Julie’s fondest summertime memories was visiting the local farmer with her father to pick up corn for the family’s evening meal – 12 ears for $1.00! These early memories solidified Julie’s love of food. As a young adult, she studied at the State University of New York at Oneonta and graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Business Economics. Food and travel beckoned, and Julie spent several years traveling and eating her way through Europe and the United States.
In the 90’s, she moved to San Francisco and spent the next 20 years immersed in the Bay Area food industry. Julie has held regional and management positions in companies such as Oakville Grocery, Whole Foods Market and Canyon Market. Food brings Julie the great joy! Her favorites include Dungeness crab, D’affinois cheese, Jamon Serrano, Cowgirl Creamery Mt. Tam cheese, and grilled angel food cake with berries and cream.
In addition to food, Julie enjoys snowboarding, yoga, swimming, painting, music, and her family. She lives in an old house with a big garden, her partner, three dogs (some old – some young), two kids, and a busy kitchen filled with friends, family, laughter, and good food. (To request an interview, click here)
Becca has built her career on creating partnerships. She has 16 years of experience in sports management – working both for professional and collegiate organizations. Most recently, she worked with The Child Abuse Prevention Center. Becca prides herself on understanding the needs and goals of both sides of the table. Growing up the daughter of hard-working parents in Santa Rosa, she learned early on the importance of building relationships and how they contribute to stronger communities. Her tenure as the Golden Baseball League’s first female General Manager, along with growing revenue at Sacramento State Athletics and working for a non-profit have all prepared Becca to help further the Purposeful Giving platform for Raley’s and to continue the legacy of Food for Families.
A proud graduate of Chico State, Becca holds a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communication and a Master’s degree in Communication. Her husband, Chris, also a Chico State graduate, operates his own construction company. Their experience as small business owners allows Becca to understand and appreciate the role she plays in representing Raley’s in the community. Becca and Chris have two young boys, two dogs, and two cats. It is their health and wellbeing that motivates Becca to make healthy choices for her family and create opportunities for others to enjoy lives full of health and happiness. (To request an interview, click here)
Koen Vermeylen, Meat and Seafood
Koen was born and raised in Belgium. As a boy in school, he also worked in a meat shop from the time he was twelve and continued working there throughout his school years. He has always liked working in the meat industry, and became very comfortable going to open markets and talking “shop” with more seasoned meat experts. Koen found their information invaluable – he couldn’t absorb enough of it.
At the age of 28 Koen married his wife, Leah, and moved to Coeur d’Alene Idaho. Koen and Leah have 7 children – 4 girls and 3 boys. Koen started out as a meat manager for a larger chain and quickly worked his way up the corporate ladder, then moved his family to Colorado. That is where he began to learn and understand the U.S. meat and seafood markets and industries, as well as the natural and organic component of the business.
After a few years in Colorado, the family moved to Ann Arbor Michigan to work for a smaller family owned Grocery chain, which was a lot of fun and a great experience. When Koen was asked to join the Raley’s Team, he knew this would be the right fit for him and his family, as their core values were very similar.(To request an interview, click here)