Leadership

Michael Sleeper
Michael SleeperCEO
As Chairman and CEO, Michael leads the team of 750 at Imperial Distributors. He has dedicated his career, 50 years, to the company his father, Frank Sleeper, founded in 1939. Michael is recognized throughout the industry as a pioneer in the development of supermarket non-foods. His vision and innovation has helped grow this segment of the supermarket industry to what it is today. He is a graduate of Babson College in Wellesley, MA, and has been active in many community, educational and industry associations and organizations. He has received numerous awards for his outstanding industry and community service.
Joe Kirby
Joe KirbyEVP

Joe is Executive Vice President. In this role he leads a team that is responsible for growing retailer sales in both Chains and Independent supermarkets. Category managers who have deep expertise in their product categories partner with sales leaders to ensure that Imperial’s retailers have the right product, at the right price for each of their stores. He also oversees the company’s in-store service operations. Before joining Imperial in 2003, Joe was the COO for Spag’s Supply which was a deep discount retail trendsetter. Joe is a graduate of Assumption College in Worcester, MA.

Colleen Peloquin
Colleen PeloquinCFO

Colleen is Chief Financial Officer. She oversees the finance functions of the company including accounts receivables, account payables, credit, and payroll. She works closely with customers, suppliers and Imperial team members to ensure that these functions are effective and that the needs of our retail partners are being met. Colleen has been with Imperial for 20 years, all in finance, including ten years as Controller. Before joining Imperial, Colleen worked in public accounting. She is a CPA and has a degree from Bryant University in Smithfield, RI.

Deborah Kaufman
Deborah KaufmanVice President of Organizational Effectiveness
Deb is VP, Organizational Effectiveness. She is responsible for talent management, organizational development, and leads the Human Resources team. Before joining Imperial in 2009, she managed corporate strategy and leadership development at Bose Corporation. She also was the VP, Communications at Norton Company, and spent a number of years consulting in a variety of industries. Deb is a graduate of American University, Washington, DC and the Harvard Business School Program for Management Development.
Derek Potter
Derek PotterVice President of Sales and Service Operations
Derek Potter is VP, Sales and Service Operations. Derek oversees a team of 400 who ensure that each of our retailers gets the highest quality service and merchandising support in the Industry. Imperial provides service on HBW and GM products in more than 1,200 retail locations. Under Derek’s leadership, Imperial has developed productivity standards for service and merchandising, and created proprietary software to support our team in the field. Derek is uniquely qualified to lead the service team having begun his career at Imperial in 2001 as a Sales and Service Representative.
Naomi Sleeper
Naomi SleeperVice President of Continuous Improvement and Strategic Initiatives

Naomi is VP, Continuous Improvement and Strategic Initiatives. She is responsible for

Jennifer Wintner
Jennifer Wintner Vice President of Supply Chain

Jennifer VP, Supply Chain. She is responsible for