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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 was born and raised in Chicago the world’s capital of food commodity trading.   I have traveled to over 35 countries to ensure GRD can consistently fulfill your production needs with quality ingredients at very competitive prices.   Contact me today to assist in the development of your R&D project or to cut costs and improve margins on current needs.  I am happy to assist in projects big and small!
Milly Drobnjak

Milly Drobnjak

Account Manager & Nutrition Specialist

My name is Milly Drobnjak. I currently live in Western suburbs of Chicago, however I am originally from Serbia and have spent the last 20 years living in the United States. I graduated with a Master’s degree in Finance and I am excited to be a part of the GRD team! I pride myself on being organized and personable. I genuinely enjoy mathematics and love using numbers to optimize business operations. If I am not working, I am enjoying the time with my family. I would be more than happy to help out with any questions you might have.

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 graduated from Iowa State University with a 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. 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!