Staff

a team of food lovers

The Rogers Collection’s approach is simple: source and serve the finest goods from uncompromising, accomplished producers. Our incredible team is dedicated to this.

Carrie Davenport | Managing Director
Carrie Blakeman| Managing Director

Carrie Blakeman
Collaborating with others who hold the same ethos and values as she inspires, Carrie builds a conscious community of food creators, culinary authorities, and consumers. Her day-to-day is focused on the importation of uncompromised goods, as well as telling the stories of these goods and their makers –- a task that involves complete transparency of the supply chain from farm or factory to plate.

One interaction at a time, a true purist, Carrie champions producers’ work and labor of love––their merchandise –– while upholding a smart and independent team also dedicated to this pursuit.

She received a B.A. from Hofstra University. A 1988 study abroad trip to Italy confirmed Carrie’s admiration for good food and respect for tradition and culture. She’s dedicated herself to bringing that acumen to Rogers Collection for more than a decade.

Whether at the office, meeting chefs and retailers all over the U.S. or venturing to Europe on a sourcing trip, she never goes anywhere without her “Pinch Me” tin of Halen Mon Sea Salt from Wales, and takes every opportunity to travel with, eat with and nurture her two beautiful daughters, Kyra and Teagan.

Jen Bonaccorsi | Sales

Jen Bonaccorsi
Jen credits her appreciation for food and importance of quality to her family. Her parents still drive over an hour on the weekends to get cheese and bread; making homemade pasta as a family during Christmas is a daylong event, and apple season evokes memories of taking a turn at her uncle’s hand crank cider press. Food eventually turned from passion into a career when she realized that the most gratifying experiences came when cooking for friends and family. This prompted an early exit from a socially responsibly mutual fund company where she had been working as a social analyst for five years after college, and enrollment at New England Culinary Institute in Montpelier, VT. After graduating, Jen spent the next four years acquiring cooking experience at a variety of restaurants from fine dining, bistro, and farm to table to a bakery and had the opportunity to work under James Beard Nominated and awarded chefs. Through word of mouth, she discovered Rogers Collection and hasn’t looked back. “The opportunity to work at Rogers Collection and represent such dedicated and passionate producers making amazing ingredients is a true honor,” says Jen. “The families we work with remind me of my family, food comes first.”

 

Sergio Hernandez | Sales
Sergio Hernandez | Sales

Sergio Hernandez
Sergio grew up in Bogota, Colombia until the age of 10. Food (as in any culture) was always the focal point at any family event – not just the meal, but the gathering of ingredients and the preparation and tradition of every dish was always celebrated.

Sergio started working with food at age 15, when a summer job washing dishes quickly became a prep cook job and he loved every part of the kitchen. In 2001, after working in restaurant kitchens for almost 15 years, Sergio became interested (obsessed may be a better word!) with cheese while working for a specialty food distributor in Vermont, where he also discovered a whole new love and respect for the best ingredients that are the fabric of good food and cooking, and was first introduced to the Rogers Collection of products. In 2009, Sergio designed and opened the gourmet deli and cheese shop, Bklyn Larder, now a NYC landmark and standard for the finest, curated cheeses, meats and artisan produced specialty foods from around the world, as well as local producers. Sergio and his wife Meryl are thrilled to be joining the Rogers family this year, as well as starting a family of their own!

 

Jason Arela | Warehouse Manager
Jason Arela | Warehouse Manager

Jason Arela
Jason started working for Rogers Collection in April 2011 as a part time employee. In 2012, Jason became a full time employee. Prior to working for Rogers, Jason spent 6 years in retail. Jason has lived his whole life in New Jersey. A big passion of his is hockey. Living in New Jersey, he became a fan of the local hockey team the New Jersey Devils. He has been to many different hockey arena’s to see the team play during his 20-plus years following the team. His hard work and dedication has paid off because he just became a 1st time home owner!

 

Karen Farber | Import Logistics
Karen Farber | Import Logistics

Karen Farber
Hailing from the “other” Portland, Karen has called Maine home for 15 years. Prior to joining Rogers Collection in the fall of 2015, Karen wrote software, wrote words, argued for civil rights and held down the office at one of Maine’s small batch, craft distillers. A dabbler in travel, Karen has taken multiple cross-country trips (by car and train) and eaten her way around and about the Mediterranean region. Currently, she is daydreaming about her next venture—the only certainty is that deep, full-bodied red wines and new foods will be involved.

 

Yennika Ekstrand | Domestic Logistics
Yennika Ekstrand | Domestic Logistics

 

Yennika Ekstrand
A California-raised Alaskan who calls Maine home, Yennika lives in a small town called Durham, which is famously the hometown of both the Sasquatch and Stephen King. Her favorite foods are salmon and chocolate; she prefers to eat them separately. Yennika is looking forward to tapping the maple trees on her property to make syrup.

 

 

Tess Dunlap | Domestic Logistics
Tess Dunlap | Domestic Logistics

 

Tess Dunlap
Originally from New York, Tess has made Portland, Maine her home for the past year and is loving it so far. She graduated from U.C. Berkeley in 2014 and her passions and interests mostly lie in food systems management and ecology (she can also be found making drinks, floral designs, or teaching gymnastics). Tess has experience working in food distribution in the Hudson Valley, NY and is excited to join the Rogers team.

 

 

 

 

Ken Crerar
What they say about Italian-American mothers is true – and Ken’s mom is no exception.  Ken’s passion for good food and appreciation for high quality ingredients was taught to him by his mother who presided over the kitchen of the family home in Hamden, CT.  Her sauce recipe along with the ritual of the family meal and honoring the traditional foods of the seasons and holidays allowed Ken to understand food as a cornerstone of life with meaning greater than sustenance alone.  Extensive travels abroad further grew this appreciation and delight in discovering new tastes.   Ken wears many hats including President/CEO of the Counsel of Insurance Agents and Chairman of Rogers Collection.  He lives in Washington, D.C. with his husband and two sons and can usually be found in the kitchen.

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