MEET THE TEAM
Chris Heupel
President

Chris leads the company in its vision to be the industry leader in marketing surplus, discontinued and obsolete food ingredients. He graduated from Truman State University in 1994 and immediately joined Ingredient Exchange. Chris became a partner in 1999 and was named the Managing Partner in 2011.

INTERESTS: Traveling with his wife, mountain biking, adventure racing and Olympic lifting.

QUIRK: “I don’t watch much TV so I’m generally at a loss when people are talking about entertainers or pop culture in general.”

FAVORITE QUOTE: “Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.” -Helen Keller

Dave Matthews
Business Development Specialist

Dave joined Ingredient Exchange after eight years as a Sales Representative in the wine and spirits industry. He enjoys working one-on-one with customers and helping them find solutions for their ingredient needs.

Interests: Coaching his son’s baseball team, and being an assistant coach on his daughter’s fast pitch softball team. He loves to cook, especially smoked meats and barbecuing. Dave also enjoys beer and bourbons. Ask to see the display shelf in his office and he’ll send you a short video.

Quirk: I’m really good at memorizing numbers. As one example, I still remember my first credit card number.

Favorite Quote: “If you don’t have time to do it right. When will you find the time to do it over?” -John Wooden

Sheri Luaders
Controller

Sheri was the first employee to join Ingredient Exchange in 1994. She graduated from St. Louis University with a degree in accounting. Sheri has been involved in the agriculture business for her entire career. She became an expert at grain and barge accounting while working for a large grain company for 14 years. Sheri has the perfect job because she loves working with numbers.

Interests: Sheri is an avid Cardinal Baseball fan and loves attending games with her family. She also enjoys swimming, gardening and shuffleboard.

Quirk: I always order the same exact things at the same restaurants. So if the guys are going out to pick up lunch at Subway, for example, they know exactly what to order without asking.”

Favorite Quote: “We do not remember days, we remember moments!” — Cesare Pavese

Jessica Heupel
Account Executive

Since joining the Ingredient Exchange Jessica has demonstrated a sincere interest in the food industry and an uncanny ability to perform multiple roles.

Interests: Running, mountain biking, hiking, traveling and using her language skills (French, Spanish, German, Latin, Ancient Greek and currently learning Italian).

Quirk: I only eat pancakes if there is peanut butter on them.”

Favorite Quote: Luck is the residue of design.” – John Milton