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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!
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!

Vinnie@gloablresourcesdirect.com

Ryan Walsh

Ryan Walsh

National Accounts Manager

My name is Ryan Walsh and I am one of GRD’s National Accounts Managers. I graduated from Dayton University with a degree in Business Management and a focus in Marketing. I bring more than 10 years of experience in E-commerce to GRD. My knowledge and expertise in sales and product development in E-commerce made it irresistible the limitless potential of GRD! Feel free to reach out with any questions!

Ryan@globalresourcesdirect.com

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.

Milly@globalresourcesdirect.com

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!

Haley@globalresourcesdirect.com

Vito Loiotile

Vito Loiotile

Shipping & Account Manager

Hi, my name is Vito. I graduated with a Marketing degree specializing in International Business from the University of Illinois at Chicago. In my spare time, I love to cook plant-based meals, hike with my puppy, and make homemade soaps. I started my career in the logistics world and enjoyed helping companies grow their supply chain. Now, I have the opportunity to help you by managing your ingredient shipments as the Shipping Manager for Global Resources Direct. Working with GRD gives me the opportunity to explore and enhance my passion for food. I look forward to learning about your ingredient needs!

Vito@globalresourcesdirect.com

Barb Clark

Barb Clark

Executive Administrative Assistant

My name is Barb Clark. I am Global Resources Direct’s Administrative Assistant. With many years of experience in managerial positions, I am here to help with anything you might need! I have worn many hats over the years, and will successfully solve many of the internal system’s processes in GRD. I am honored to play such a pivotal role in this exciting and growing company!