About Us

See how Associated Food Equipment & Supplies Inc. can help you with your food service needs, and hear from two of our clients about how we deliver on equipment needs and customer service.

Associated Food Equipment & Supplies, Inc. is a food service equipment dealer dedicated to the successful conceptualization and implementation of your food preparation projects. Our business has been built on a foundation of service, knowledge, expertise, training, and commitment. Our staff has over 50 years of experience in project design and implementation. Our core customer base includes corporate and private clients in projects such as casinos, schools, correction facilities, nursing homes, hospitals, and independent restaurants. Our goal is to offer our customers the most complete line of quality food service equipment and supplies.

Our customers are our number one priority. We will, without exception, provide the best products and services available today. Our sales people will work with you to provide insight and expertise so you can make the right buying decisions.

Associated Food Equipment & Supplies, Inc. is proud to be a member of the Supply and Equipment Foodservice Alliance (SEFA, Inc.), a nationwide network of premier foodservice equipment and supply specialists. SEFA links manufacturers and dealers together to provide you with knowledgeable salespeople, quality products and competitive pricing.

Meet the Staff

Otto Luis Abad Jr.

President
otto@afesco.com

Otto is the President and owner of Associated Food Equipment Supply Inc. He and his wife Brandy have been married since 2000 and are the proud parents of Chandler and Brooklynn. Otto started his career in food service working as a restaurant busboy during high school and continued in the industry working his way up to General Manager. He earned a Bachelors Degree in Hospitality Management and Tourism with an emphasis in Hotel and Restaurant Management from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches Louisiana in 1997. Otto found his way into the equipment dealer side of our industry in 2000 and joined AFESCO in 2013.

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Otto Luis Abad Jr.

Otto Luis Abad Jr.

President

Gretchen Chiasson

General Manger
gretchen@afesco.com

I have been with Associated Food Equipment for a total of 22 years.  I am currently the General Manager of our Gulfport, Mississippi location.  I hold a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration for William Carey University.  My biggest passion is helping our customers make their dreams a reality when they come to us to help them design and equip their restaurant and I get so excited for them when they finally open their doors.  We get to know and love our customers and they become part of the Associated family.

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Gretchen Chiasson

Gretchen Chiasson

General Manger

Norris Chiasson

Director of Operations
norris@afesco.com

Retired from the Automotive industry in February of 2020 after 21 years and joined Associated March of 2020 as Director of Operations

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Norris Chiasson

Norris Chiasson

Director of Operations

Frank Boudreaux

Branch Manager - Central Louisiana
frank@afesco.com

Frank retired from the federal bureau of prisons in 2014 and joined Associated in 2015 as The Central Louisiana branch manager.

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Frank Boudreaux

Frank Boudreaux

Branch Manager - Central Louisiana

Sarah Strong

Office Manager / Purchasing
sarah@afesco.com

Sarah Strong is the office manager, purchaser of smallware’s and parts in the Gulfport location. She has been with Associated for 20 years, she started at the front desk and has worn many hats through the years. Customer satisfaction is always our #1 priority. She enjoys baking, music, the outdoors and time with family.

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Sarah Strong

Sarah Strong

Office Manager / Purchasing

Kenneth Verrette

Purchasing and Marketing
kenneth@afesco.com

I have been in the food service equipment industry for over 25 years. I started as a warehouse worker for a foodservice dealer back in 1995 and have worked my way up in the industry thought out the years. I enjoy working with all departments of the company and helping the company grow and achieve it’s goals. When not working. I enjoy time with my wife, Kids (2 dogs) and  being a Saints Super Fan where I can dress up and enjoy the games.

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Kenneth Verrette

Kenneth Verrette

Purchasing and Marketing

Jackie Navas

Accounts Receivable
jackie@afesco.com

Jackie started with the company as a Customer Service Representative in 2018 & has since moved into our A/R department to maintain customer account records to ensure aging is up to date. She has many years of experience in the Hospitality Industry working in the restaurant side of the business. She enjoys working beside her coworkers and always offers her helping hand when she is needed. When she’s not working, she enjoys spending time with her family ,cooking and watching sports games.

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Jackie Navas

Jackie Navas

Accounts Receivable

Jerry Middleton

Design and Project Management
jmiddleton@afeseco.com

With over 15 years of experience operating, designing, and building commercial kitchens, Jerry lives and breathes kitchen equipment. Before transitioning to the supply side of the industry, he spent a decade working every Back-Of-House position from dishwasher to Executive Chef in fine dining and high volume New Orleans restaurants. Whether the goal is to reinvent the wheel by incorporating emerging technology or to explore ways to increase efficiency or reduce labor costs, an architect, owner, or general contractor can rely upon Jerry for thoughtful and honest input informed by invaluable experience. Now focusing on new construction & large-scale renovations of casinos, hotels, schools, nursing homes, and restaurants, Jerry prides himself on his attention to detail and responsiveness to every stakeholder on the design and construction team. When not drawing, specifying, or building kitchens, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two young sons and cooking fresh Louisiana seafood.

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Jerry Middleton

Jerry Middleton

Design and Project Management

Brad Troxclair

Design and Project Management
brad@afesco.com

I was born and raised in the New Orleans area, working in restaurants since age 15, after graduating from De La Salle high school in New Orleans I attended Delgado for Culinary arts, and was a chef until age 28. I then moved into equipment sales and design, where I have been since 2006.

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Brad Troxclair

Brad Troxclair

Design and Project Management

Jonathan Sanders

Project Manager
jonathan@afesco.com

I began my career with Associated Food Equipment in October of 2016 and quickly became acquainted with the fast pace and distinct challenges present in the food equipment business. I have a strong work ethic and strive wholeheartedly to provide the best service for the customer.

I am a father of four amazing children, a growing family, and enjoy being involved in their adventures. During time off I enjoy cooking, hunting, fishing and sharing life with family and friends.

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Jonathan Sanders

Jonathan Sanders

Project Manager

Don Hudspeth

Project Manager
don@afesco.com

Don has been in the food service equipment industry for over 30 years. Having started in street sales for a broadline distributor, he worked his way to a traditional restaurant equipment & supplies dealer in Texas as project manager in the contract & bid division, then as general manager for their retail location in Austin. Don works with general contractors on plan and spec projects from the submittal stage to completion. He is a graduate of Texas State University and lives in Devine, Texas.

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Don Hudspeth

Don Hudspeth

Project Manager

Mark Nodurft

Senior Account Manager
mark@afesco.com

I began my journey in the Food and Beverage industry in 1971. I enjoyed 25 exciting years working in hotels, casual and fine dining restaurants. Transitioned into the kitchen equipment sales and design side of the industry starting in 1997 and have enjoyed helping to bring many kitchen and bars from design to successful openings for my clients since that time. Helping my clients to bring their businesses to a successful opening has been incredibly exciting and rewarding.

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Mark Nodurft

Mark Nodurft

Senior Account Manager

Doug Tyler

Senior Account Manager
doug@afesco.com

I’ve been in the Food Equipment and Supply business since 1979 while attending the University of New Orleans. I started out working in the warehouse, driving trucks, installs and inside sales at Loubat Glassware and Cork Co., which was located in the French Quarter. After a merger between Loubat and L. Frank food company I moved into outside sales and sold food and supplies. In 1997 I moved back to selling supplies and equipment only with Loubat Equipment Company. I’ve seen many changes and experienced many challenges during my time and am now happy to be working with Associated Food Equipment and Supply.

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Doug Tyler

Doug Tyler

Senior Account Manager

Paul Watts

Senior Account Manager
paul@afesco.com

I have lived on the MS Gulf Coast for 33 years and have been with Associated since June of 1996. I have had many roles in the company and I am currently supervising our new account managers and handling a few accounts myself. We strive to maintain a family atmosphere here at Associated and we consider our customers as family too!

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Paul Watts

Paul Watts

Senior Account Manager

Dylan Mercil

Account Manager
dylan@afesco.com

Born and raised – Baton Rouge, Louisiana, which is and always will be home.

Studied Industrial Technology at Southeastern Louisiana University and took a career path in the opposite direction over 20 years ago and never looked back. After a few years in the Bar industry, I shifted gears and began working with Scardina Refrigeration & Restaurant Supply which is where it all started. I spent 7 great years of consuming and learning as much about the business as I could. After many years of serving Louisiana, the company decided to close the doors which led me to the doorstep of Ducotes Restaurant Supply in Baton Rouge, La. which is where I spent another 7 years of gaining industry knowledge. After a combined 14 years of inside / showroom sales and project management, I decided I was ready to take on a new challenge which put me where I am today, Associated Food Equipment and Supply. Timing may not have been the best on my part, being that my 1st day was 2 weeks before the Corona Virus threw the foodservice industry for a whirlwind, but here I am a little over a year later writing this and I can honestly say, it has never looked better !!!

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Dylan Mercil

Dylan Mercil

Account Manager

Robbie Barnes JR.

Account Manager
robbie@afesco.com

Robbie Barnes, native of Gulfport, Mississippi and graduate of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, has worked in the restaurant industry almost his entire life. Prior to beginning his career with Associated, Robbie gained invaluable experience by working in all aspects of the restaurant industry, including waiting tables, bartending, cooking, and servicing restaurant equipment. Robbie transitioned into his current role in the sales department after managing the warehouse department of Associated where he had the opportunity to acquire a comprehensive understanding of the products offered to our valued Associated customers. In his free time, Robbie enjoys playing tennis and golf, fishing, and hanging out with his dog.

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Robbie Barnes JR.

Robbie Barnes JR.

Account Manager

Kathy Preston

Account Manager
kpreston@afesco.com

I joined Associated in March of this year as an Account Manager. Before that, I was in the insurance business for 25 years. I was fortunate enough to be given this opportunity to jump into something brand new with Associated! I have learned so much in the last couple of months. It’s a bit overwhelming at times but I can tell you that I am “all in”. Joining this team of knowledgeable folks is one of the best decisions that I have made. Everyday is a new adventure and I’m excited about my future with Associated.

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Kathy Preston

Kathy Preston

Account Manager

Lauren Broussard

Sales Support
lbroussard@afesco.com

My name is Lauren. I have been working in the bidding department at associated since 2019. In my spare time I like to spend time with my family.

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Lauren Broussard

Lauren Broussard

Sales Support

Ashtyn Boudreaux

Sales Support
aboudreaux@afesco.com

My name Is Ashtyn Boudreaux, I am 20 years old. I live in Plaucheville Louisiana with my Fiance John Toledo and our two dogs who are pretty much like our children. I just recently started here about 1.5 months ago. I still have a lot to learn but im loving it and the work environment so far! A few things about me are that I have a SERIOUS love for animals (it gets out of hands sometimes), one of my favorite things to do is be around my family and friends, and im very outdoorsy. That’s pretty much all there is to know about me!

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Ashtyn Boudreaux

Ashtyn Boudreaux

Sales Support

Jasmine Henson

Customer Service
cservice@afesco.com

Hey I’m Jasmine Henson I work in Associated Customer Service. I have 15 yrs. experience in the Restaurant business and 10 yrs. in Sales and Marketing.

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Jasmine Henson

Jasmine Henson

Customer Service

Zane Janak

Warehouse Manager - Gulfport
zane@afesco.com
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Zane Janak

Zane Janak

Warehouse Manager - Gulfport

Andree Williams

Branch Manager - New Orleans
awilliams@afesco.com

Andree joined afesco in 2019 and supports our warehouse and account manager at our New Orleans office.

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Andree Williams

Andree Williams

Branch Manager - New Orleans