Meet the Team

The management team that leads Spice Chain Corporation has decades of industry expertise, food safety credentials, and experience developing delicious new flavors. We are dedicated to providing high quality products to our customers, ensuring that they have the ingredients necessary for success.

Dewey Armstrong, Spice Chain Chief Executive Officer

Dewey Armstrong Chief Executive Officer

Dewey has led food companies and teams for over 30 years. He has been the leader of Sales & Marketing teams as well as a recognized leader in Operations for the food industry. Prior to Spice Chain, Dewey was the President & Chief Operating Officer at Wise Snacks. He led a successful turn around team, partnered with distributors and retailers, while increasing the revenue and awareness of the brand in New York Metro as the regional brand grew to be a national player. Prior to Wise Snacks, Dewey held leadership positions at Nutro Premium Pet Foods-now owned by Mars and Frito Lay.

"The Spice Chain team is committed to exceed your expectations, develop innovative solutions, while being a catalyst for the growth of the spice category. We invite you to learn more about us and the partnerships we can provide in our SQF certified organic facilities."

Jim Owen, Spice Chain Chief Financial Officer

Jim Owen Chief Financial Officer

Jim is a CPA with a diverse background working within Food & Beverage, Public Accounting, Oil & Gas as well as Professional Services industries. Jim’s 30 plus years of experience spans everything from helping launch startup enterprises, merger and acquisitions to successful turnaround engagements. Jim has deep experience in strategic planning, systems enhancement and team building. He is known as a quick study with a passion for his work, and prides himself on getting more done with less.

“WOW who knew – a New Orleans native working at a Spice Company in New Jersey? It’s funny how things happen but to end up in such an awesome place is astonishing. From team makeup, product offerings, strategy, leadership and future potential this place has it all. If variety is truly the spice of life – it’s all here including the spice.”


JennieAnn Reitemeyer, Spice Chain VP, QA, Food Safety and Product Development

JennieAnn Reitemeyer Vice President, QA, Food Safety and Product Development

As Vice President of Quality Assurance for Spice Chain, JennieAnn also heads up our Food Safety and Product Development. She brings forward 20 years of food industry expertise ranging from flavors to starch development; of which 8 years have been dedicated to Spice Chain. Prior to Spice Chain, she worked for Mane USA in flavor development and Avebe America in starch development and technical support. JennieAnn has been quoted in several industry publications.

“My goal and passion is to ensure that we deliver industry leading, safe, high quality products with R&D support that allow our partners a feeling of trust and our staff a feeling of pride. Our team at Spice Chain is dedicated to doing it right, doing it fast, and developing lasting and collaborative relationships.”

Thomas A. Schmidt Jr., Spice Chain VP

Thomas A. Schmidt Jr. Senior VP, Procurement

Tom has 25 years’ experience in the food ingredient industry with the last 10 years at Spice Chain. In his current positon as Senior Vice President for Spice Chain., he has oversight responsibilities for Industrial and Retail Sales, Customer Service and Purchasing. Prior to Spice Chain, Tom held various executive positions at Quality Ingredients Corporation in the areas of procurement, operations and sales. He is a founding member of The Baker’s Dozen and of several other industry associations.

“We are not just selling spices and seasonings, we are selling food safety and value added solutions to help our customers grow a profitable business.”


Jim Peterkin, Spice Chain VP

Jim Peterkin Vice President, Sales

Jim is the VP of Sales for Spice Chain Corporation and brings forward a lifetime of expertise in the food industry with 38 years specifically in the spice sector. He has been with the company for nearly three decades and prior to Spice Chain he worked at Wechsler Coffee, Coca Cola Foods and McCormick & Co.

“The spice business has created a great life for me and my family – Spice Chain will be a new and exciting chapter as we grow our business. My motivation comes from building lifelong relationships with our customers and helping them prosper.”

Steven Kaye, Spice Chain VP

Steven Kaye Vice President, Operations

Steven has been a senior leader in the food industry for over 27 years—successfully leading companies to significant growth by improving revenue, efficiencies and costs, and managing teams in manufacturing, quality, R & D, safety, maintenance, customer service, supply chain and planning. Prior to joining Spice Chain Steven was the Vice President at Food Sciences Corporation where he significantly improved the operations teams while managing multiple facilities and obtaining a successful initial SQF certification. Prior to this Steven was a senior leader at Dale and Thomas Popcorn and Snacks, Michael Foods, Kraft/Nabisco and Campbell Soup.

“There is such an opportunity in front of us to provide what no other spice company can... the absolute best products and services in the industry from farm to table. All of our teammates at Spice Chain share this same commitment!!!”


Marisol Checo, Director of Human Resources

Marisol Checo Director of Human Resources

Marisol heads our human resource department managing the complete suite of human resource functions for Spice Chain. As the Director of Human Resources, she brings to Spice Chain a diverse level of expertise ranging from human resource management to business and IT operations. Her responsibilities include training and development, benefits, organizational development, and compliance. Prior to joining Spice Chain, Marisol was the Global HR Business Partner for a division of Wipro Limited, a global IT outsourcing company. She is also an avid cook who loves savory flavors in every dish.

“I am thrilled to be part of a team that consistently exudes passion and the drive to win, all in good taste and while having fun.”