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About Us

Global Resources Direct
Tom O'Brien

Tom O'Brien

Founder - President

I am the co-founder of Global Resources Direct with 13 years experience in food commodities.  I am born and raised in Chicago the world’s capitol of food commodity trading.   I have traveled to over 30 countries to ensure GRD is able to consistently full-fill your production needs with quality ingredients at very competitive prices.   Contact me today to assist in the development of you R&D project or to cut costs and improve margins on current needs.  I am happy to assist in projects big and small!
Vinnie Patti

Vinnie Patti

National Accounts Manager

My name is Vinnie, I was Born and raised on the Northwest Side of Chicago. I graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a degree in Business. I followed my passion for food after college and got a Culinary Certificate, where I learned the importance of quality ingredients. After long hours in the front and back of the house, I decided to use my knowledge of food ingredients on a larger scale. I am now the National Accounts Manager of GRD and I get to talk about high quality ingredients every single day! 

Haley Barth

Haley Barth

Account Manager & Nutrition Specialist

My name is Haley Barth. I grew up in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago and graduated from Iowa State University in May of 2020 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutritional Science. There, I had the opportunity to study all aspects of food and nutrition. I studied global and local food systems, food interaction, as well as nutrition and body processes. I wanted to take my knowledge of the science side of food and apply it to a business setting and being an Account Manager and Nutritional Specialist for GRD allows me to do just that. It is a unique experience that allows me to use my knowledge of food and nutrition every day. I would be happy to help with any R&D projects or assist you with any questions that you have!