Chris McKee – From Air to Table
Chris is one of the newest team members at Kessenich’s. A long-time Madisonian, he joined the sales team with a huge background in the foodservice industry and we couldn’t be happier to welcome him.
Chris has a very unique and interesting history, starting as a Navy military pilot for 10 years followed by 10 years at the Pentagon.
It appears he didn’t really have a chance of not becoming a true ‘foodie’, with his mom being a certified master chef and a father famous for his grilling prowess! Chris trained at one of the nation’s top culinary schools, graduating with distinction from L’Academie de Cuisine in Gaithersburg, MD. His culinary career has included training under many recognized master chefs, assisting such notables as Anthony Bourdain, Eric Ripert, and Bobby Flay with their productions. Not stopping there, Chris developed a culinary curriculum for adults with disabilities in Phoenix, and took a tour teaching French culinary techniques at his alma mater.
In his spare time, Chris is an avid golfer and he and his wife Emily and daughter Ivy, love to be on the water with their kayak’s & jet ski.
Chris’s enthusiasm for helping his clients shows every day – “There is nothing I love more than to see one of my customer’s new visions come to life!”
Teena Faber – Dedicated to Showroom Success
If you have visited our showroom no doubt you have been greeted by Teena’s smiling face and friendly welcome! It seems impossible that she has only been with us for 5 years.
As Showroom Manager, Teena knows Kessenich’s inside and out and not only runs our Customer Service department but also works on special projects for customers, finds those hard-to-get items that might need some extra digging, and helps our residential customers find the right tool for their home kitchen. She supports our sales staff, fields requests from our website, and is a huge part of the welcoming atmosphere you feel when you walk in our doors.
Teena is a long-time Madisonian, moving here when she was just a freshman in high school. Now she is married with 2 children and as she will tell you, “a bunch of critters”! Teena and her family love to have family get-togethers at the lake and eat out at all the wonderful local restaurants Madison has to offer – especially Indian food.
What makes it all worth it to Teena? “The absolute best customers anywhere and a really fun hardworking team!”
Brandon Wagner – Keeping Kessenich’s Running
As General and Accounting Manager for Kessenich’s, Brandon, a 30-year Madison resident, has his fingers in just about every project that runs through our doors. After joining the team over a year ago he quickly learned that there is never a dull moment here!
With a background in government and non-profit financial auditing he really didn’t know much at all about the foodservice industry but is quickly becoming a pro at all the equipment, and even his cooking is starting to improve.
Brandon’s favorite part about working at Kessenich’s? “The work I do keeps me constantly engaged. I also enjoy that I am always learning. I really enjoy the people I work with. We have a fantastic team of diverse individuals that respect one another, motivate one another, and who are always willing to lend an extra hand to make sure everyone at Kessenich’s is successful.”
Brandon and his wife, Jaquee, are expecting their first baby in September. They absolutely love Madison and spend time at the farmers market and making their way down to Camp Randall or the Kohl Center to cheer on the Badgers. Otherwise you will probably find him on the golf course any given weekend, weather permitting.
Brandon and Jaquee are supporters of the Dane County Humane Society and look forward to many happy years ahead in Madison. Be sure to say hello next time you see him in our showroom he loves to hear from our customers!