President / Founder
Jim was born and raised in Northwest Indiana. After a parochial school education, he attended and graduated from Northeast Missouri State College in 1969, with a degree in Business Administration. After holding several management and sales positions with both large and small companies, Jim decided to establish this distributing company in 1984. He started with one product line, and an exclusive agreement with Natural Balance for 4 states. From there, the business has grown to represent over 200 lines, and 6000 products. Jim is still in the office every day, if not attending industry functions. He is passionate about the natural products industry and helping health food retailers grow their businesses. Outside of the business, Jimís passion is for fishing and watching his grandchildren grow.
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Sales Rep / Secretary - Treasurer
Debbie grew up on a farm in Southeast Iowa. She met Jim in college at Northeast Missouri State in 1968. They were married when Jim graduated in 1969. Their first home was in Cleveland, OH, where Steve was born. After 2 years there, they moved to Northwest Indiana, where they have lived for 35+ years. Daughter Sally was born in Hammond, IN in 1971. Debbie has worked in banking and sales before Palko Distributing Co., Inc. was founded in 1984. As the business grew, she helped with billing, packing orders, hiring employees, etc. Debbie is now responsible for a large sales territory, as well as for company celebrations and show organization. You can meet Debbie at all NNFA shows and both Expoís in the natural products industry. Her personal interests include reading, sewing, traveling, and playing with her grandchildren. But her love for the business shows in her great customer service and enjoyment of all of Palko's great customers.
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Vice-President / National Sales Manager
To the customers I already know, I would like to thank you for your business. To all of the new customers looking for a distributor who cares about the success of your store, I say welcome. I have been here from the start in 1984. I have fortunately worked in many different positions within Palko Distributing Co., Inc., from warehouse to sales to management. I am currently in charge of sales to corporate accounts, marketing, running the sales department and overseeing the decision making process of all new items & brands. Please feel free to contact me with any concerns. I will answer your requests. Best regards.
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