Kyle grew up in Cincinnati with a father who worked for a local brewery. She moved to Chicago to work for McDonald’s Corp, and worked on initiatives to support the company’s environmental and corporate responsibility commitments. After McDonald’s she worked at a sustainability consultancy before leaving to take on MidwestRoots as a full time endeavor. She is passionate about building an economy of independently owned sustainable businesses, and running a company that promotes flexibility and quality of life. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she loves walking the aisles of her local grocery stores, learning about the city’s history and teaching Pilates.
Susanna is a New Englander at heart with some Midwest roots. She grew up in Vermont where she was spoiled by the easy access to local produce, plentiful farmers markets, and outstanding artisan cheese. She studied anthropology at Beloit College in Wisconsin and learned to love cheese curds (even the orange ones!). In 2010, Susanna moved to Chicago and joined the MidwestRoots team as Kyle’s first employee. In fall 2011, Susanna returned back to the East Coast to attend graduate school at Emerson College, but stayed involved in MidwestRoots as an artisan food demonstrator in the greater Boston area, as well as a member of MidwestRoots’ Advisory Board. Susanna returned to Chicago in 2013 and rejoined the MidwestRoots staff as Accounts Manager. In 2014 she transitioned to the role of Managing Director. Susanna currently lives in Portland, ME, heading up the MidwestRoots East office.
Rory is a native Vermonter who has worked in the specialty food and beverage industry for the better part of the last decade. As an experienced milker, cheesemaker, monger, and retail manager, Rory has a demonstrated passion for cheese and a mission to connect great buyers with artisan producers. His love of food and wine and his eye for curation makes him a welcome addition to our sales team.
Britt is a California native living in Brooklyn, NY. With a background in design, and a life long appreciation for food, Britt found the transition from fashion to the food industry wonderful and inevitable. Enjoying the amazing array of food industry happenings in New York City, Britt has worked in food production and food retail, consumed as much artisan chocolate as she produced, and started listening to podcasts about cheese. She strongly believes in the MidwestRoots mission to connect consumers to the people making their food.