THE FOOD ASSET POTENTIAL

Thomas McQuillan

Vice President, Strategy, Culture and Sustainability, Baldor Specialty Foods

Thomas McQuillan is a transformational executive with 25+ years of successful business leadership experience and a demonstrated skill for turning around underperforming organizations and spearheading acquisition and business integration initiatives. His strong convictions, relentless drive, and business acumen have enabled him to inspire personnel and lead organizations in propelling profits and achieving dramatic growth.

From 2002 to 2014 Thomas managed the finances of IDC Corporation and eventually became its president. As president he transformed a distressed, privately owned construction materials distribution company with negative profits into a best in class enterprise. Over his more than 10 years with IDC, Thomas created and executed strategic initiatives that reduced debt and cash flow challenges while increasing sales, enhancing operational efficiency, and elevating customer satisfaction. In 2012, Thomas sold IDC to Distribution International based in Houston, and remained as president of IDC until March of 2014.

In 2015, Thomas joined Baldor Specialty Foods, Inc. located in the Bronx, New York and serves on the company’s executive team. As Director of Food Service Sales and Sustainability, Thomas is tasked with creating the strategic plan to make Baldor more Sustainable. Thomas spearheaded the SparCs (scraps spelled backwards) initiative to reduce food waste throughout the company. Baldor’s sustainability initiatives are also focused on overall waste reduction throughout the organization and the company has launched a number of initiatives to become more energy efficient.

In 2016, Thomas assumed the role of Director of Food Service Sales and Sustainability. Servicing the restaurant trade for over 25 years is the core of our business at Baldor. Delivering world-class customer service and the highest quality produce and specialty food items, on time and complete is our mission and Thomas’ number one priority. In 2018, Thomas was promoted to Vice President, Strategy, Culture and Sustainability. The primary sustainability objective this year is to achieve a zero organics waste to landfill goal company-wide.  

Sherill Baldwin

Source Reduction and Recycling Analyst; Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

In sustainable materials management for over 30 years and at DEEP since 2008, Sherill Baldwin’s current projects include the RecycleCT Foundation, CT WRAP initiative, and product stewardship programs. In Michigan while Vice Chair of the Composting Council, she provided educational programs to municipalities looking to expand their leaf composting operations. In Massachusetts, she provided technical assistance to farms and large organic waste generators and workshops to farmers, school representatives, and residents. She received an M.S., Resource Development, Michigan State University, a certificate from the Compost School, University of Maine, and a B.A., Solid Waste Management, UMASS/Amherst.

Michelle Sterling

Scarsdale Conservation Advisory Council

Michelle Sterling has been instrumental in launching sustainability initiatives throughout Scarsdale and Westchester County.  She initiated a food scrap recycling program in one of the Scarsdale Schools in 2012 and has since helped all seven Scarsdale Schools, and many other schools throughout Westchester, start their own food scrap recycling programs. In 2017 she helped the town of Scarsdale launch a food scrap recycling program which has been a model program for other municipalities.  12 other Westchester municipalities have now started food scrap recycling programs based on the Scarsdale model and with her assistance.  In addition to zero waste programs, Michelle has worked on a number of other successful sustainability initiatives in Scarsdale such as the LED Streetlight conversion project, furniture donation, take it or leave it shed, textile recycling, Scarsdale Parks Department recycling implementation and expansion, and updating Scarsdale’s tree code.

Michelle serves as co-chair of the Scarsdale Forum Sustainability Committee, a member of the Conservation Advisory Council, member of the Scarsdale Food Scrap Recycling Committee, member of the Scarsdale LED Streetlight Committee, member of the Scarsdale Forum Board of Directors and Executive Board, chair of the Scarsdale Middle School PTA Sustainability Committee, and member of the Scarsdale Middle School Compact Committee.  Michelle has also served on the Scarsdale Citizens Nominating Committee, Procedure Committee, as PT Council Sustainability Chair and as chair of the Greenacres PTA Sustainability Committee.  

Michelle holds a BA in Political Science from Columbia College and a JD from Cornell Law School.  Michelle currently lives in Scarsdale with her husband David and two daughters who attend Scarsdale Middle School.  

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