Our Team

MEET THE TEAM BEHIND
THE FARM STORES DREAM

Behind every great franchise is an even greater team of people who have worked relentlessly to bring the dream to life and to fresh markets. We’d like to introduce you to a special group of people responsible for Farm Stores expansion and reputation as America’s largest and most beloved drive-thru convenient store.

Maurice E. Bared

CEO / COO

Maurice E. Bared serves as the CEO and Chief Operating Officer of Farm Stores Corporation and its subsidiaries – a position he has held since 2001. He joined the predecessor company of Farm Stores in 1994 as the Director of Development of Special Projects. In 1998, Mr. Bared became the Executive Vice President of Operations for Farm Stores.

In 1999, Mr. Bared became the Chief Operating Officer of United Petroleum Corporation. He returned to management of Farm Stores as the Chief Operating Officer in 2001. In that capacity, he oversaw store operations, marketing, human resources, real estate development, and FSC’s retail dealer operations. He’s been actively involved in the board of the Florida Petroleum Marketers Association, and the board of the Deering Foundation.

Ade Batista

CFO

Ade is a seasoned investment, operations and finance executive with a multitude of experience with startup and growth companies. Most recently, she has advised several startup and growth companies on improving operations processes and new market strategies.

After completing her MBA in Entrepreneurial Management and Finance at Columbia Business School, Ade pursued a career in Venture Capital and Investment Banking. As a principal at East River Ventures, she led many early stage investments and worked with portfolio companies, often stepping into different management roles. As a VP in banking, she originated and completed various equity and debt transactions and restructurings.

Early in her career, after graduating from Dartmouth College, she was a member of an Institutional Investor ranked Latin American research team at Bear Stearns and ING Barings.
She resides in Coconut Grove, FL and is a dedicated mother of four.

Victor Arechavaleta

VP of Business Development

Victor Arechavaleta is the Vice President of Business Development of Farm Stores Franchising, and has been in this position since March of 2012. His responsibilities include management of product and supplier relationships, as well as the dealer business units – all independent Farm Stores locations.

Prior to joining Farm Stores, Mr. Arechavaleta was the director of sales and marketing for Pagnifique USA from 2010 to 2012, and the director of marketing and product development for Quirch Foods from 2002 to 2010. He pulls from an extensive background in marketing and product development, having spent over a decade in digital media, advertising, and film and television production. He entered the food and beverage industry in 2000, and has since developed marketing and sales programs for national and international product lines in the supermarket retail channel.

Jim Cobban

Franchise Sales

Jim Cobban leads our sales efforts and has 10 plus years’ experience in developing franchise models and helping people become franchise owners. He previously worked with Mobile International and Help-U-Sell in franchise development and as a multi-state area representative.  He lives in South Florida with his wife.

Email: jcobban@farmstores.com

The Southern Arizona Team

Livia and Carlos Almandos
Tucson, AZ

Livia and Carlos are principals of Vaquitas LLC. They are 21 year Veterans, currently serving in the Arizona Air National Guard. The Almandoses have an extensive background in the culinary and hospitality industry. They are married and have two young children.

Livia has been in food service, customer service, hospitality, and management throughout her military career and has a few years of Human Resources experience as well. She is a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a master’s degree in Business Management, with a specialization in Integrated Logistics and The University of Phoenix with a bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing.

Carlos is a Mechanical Engineer for a major Aerospace firm. He served in the United States Air Force for nine years before transitioning to the Air National Guard. He is a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a master’s degree in Aeronautics and a bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Science, with a specialization in Safety. Carlos grew up in Miami Beach, FL and his family shopped at Farm Stores when he was growing up. He knows the advantages and convenience that Farm Stores can bring to a community.

The Georgia West Team

Kate & Dave Stroth
Atlanta, GA

Kate Stroth

Kate Stroth joined The Farm Stores Family with over 21 years of alliance, consulting and technology sales. She has received numerous awards and recognition bonuses for her work across multiple industries and corporate clients. A Baton Rouge native, Kate is a proud LSU Alumnae, wife to Dave, mother of two, and an active member of her church and community.

Dave Stroth

Dave’s corporate sales background is with some of the largest and most well known technology companies. He is a proven sales leader with 25 years of deep expertise in technology sales across multiple industries. Dave has led many sales teams as a VP of Sales and Global Account Director and also holds a degree in Hotel & Restaurant Management from the University of Houston and an MBA in Finance from SUNY Buffalo. A native of East Aurora, NY, Dave now resides in Atlanta with his wife, Kate, and their children.

 

Email: kate.stroth@farmstores.com

The Houston Team

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Robert Betts

Positioned as the CEO of RLJN Partnership and the leader of the Houston Area Farm Stores team, Robert has over 30 years of management and operational experience. He has been a notable entrepreneur starting up and selling two successful companies. He has also administered numerous pharmaceutical locations from start up to success, as well as sustained a reputable history with top pharmaceutical companies. He is driven to exceed customer expectations, determined to execute profitable operational strategies, and constructed with hard working capabilities.

Nikki Betts

Nikki is a graduate from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor’s Degree in International Marketing. She has spent her working career in sales and management roles within the building materials industry for the past 15 years. She has extensive experience in Sales, Operations, Product Management, Inventory Control, and Logistics. She is customer oriented and loves to spend time with her family and friends. Nikki and Robert are married and have two young daughters, Rylee & Payton.

Linda Adair

Linda has spent the last 20 years in sales. She led the Chevron Fuel Card Sales Team for 4 consecutive years in most gallons sold. Prior to this, she spent 12 years as a Commercial Bank Lender with Wells Fargo. Over her banking career she was recognized with numerous sales, revenue growth, and new business awards. She is a graduate of Troy University.

Jason Adair

Jason has led a distinguished 25 year career leading sales and operations in high growth and turn-around organizations mostly in the building material industry. He has held sales, management and executive level positions guiding cross-functional teams in identifying business opportunities. He is a graduate of Auburn University. Jason and Linda are married and have two daughters, Taylor & Sydney.

Email: robert.betts@farmstores.com

The Hudson Valley (NY) Team

Richard and Angela Barone
Albany, NY

Richard and Angela are entrepreneurs in the truest spirit and Farm Stores is proud to have them leading development in the Hudson Valley area of New York.

In addition to their Business Degrees, and together with a combined professional career that has spanned decades, you will find that they possess an extensive and successful background with expertise in the hospitality industry, the sales industry and the real estate development industry.

Culinary Excellence and Generational Service Commendations that have recently been awarded demonstrate their passion in these fields. Their attention to detail and their disciplined work ethic, working as a team, have proven to be their greatest assets.

Always embracing a challenge, the couple has raised six (now adult) children, all of whom have embarked on successful careers of their own. They are proud to say that each of their children has embodied that same level of integrity that they themselves exhibit on a daily basis. Their guiding principle is simply to ”Never Sacrifice Integrity for Growth”.

As unique opportunities present themselves going forward, Richard and Angela are confident that they will pursue any endeavor with vigor and steadfastness. Staying true to their core principles has, and will always continue to, serve them well!

The Long Island North Team

Carmelo Barone & Christina Picarella

Carmelo is a partner of WINS Group, LLC. For the last 35 Years Mr. Barone has worked in the banking Industry. He began his career managing banking operations, to running a Project Management office for back end systems. For the past 23 years he has consulted as an expert in the banking space managing multi-million dollar projects for most of the major banking institutions in the country. Over the years Carmelo has also been an avid real estate investor.
Christina is a Partner at WINS Group LLC. For the or the last 11 years she has managed and assisted at Peter Frank Hair Salon and has been very active in her community which includes PTA leadership and Board of Education along with multiple town councils. She has a background in Marketing and Advertising for a leading children’s clothing line. Ms. Picarella was also employed by the New York Mercantile Exchange Facilities Department. She has assisted in operations of the trading floors, contracts, restaurants, sports club and member services.
They both reside in Valley Stream Long Island and have a blended family of six children. Our mission is to inspire moments of optimism and happiness through our brands we offer and service we provide to our customers; create value and make a difference – one person, one car and one neighborhood at a time.

Franca Barone
Ms. Barone is a partner at WINS Group LLC. Ms. Barone has been employed by Omnicom Group as a project manager for the past year. Prior to that she was employed as an insurance specialist at Strategies for Wealth. She has held licenses in insurance and real estate.

Daniel Lepore
Mr. Lepore is a Partner at WINS Group LLC. Mr. Lepore presently serves as Executive Vice President of LCS Companies, the premier outsourcing partner and industry leader in facility maintenance. He is an accomplished entrepreneur and the original founder of LCS Landscapes, a local Dutches’s County business that provides landscape construction services to the commercial and government sectors throughout New York’s Hudson Valley.

Michelle Barone-Lepore
Mrs. Barone-Lepore is a Partner at WINS Group LLC. Mrs. Barone-Lepore is currently Senior Vice President – Marketing at Rhinebeck Bank. She has nearly 10 years of experience in the marketing field and is dedicated to positioning Rhinebeck Bank as a valuable financial resource for individuals, families and businesses throughout the Hudson Valley, as well as a contributor of time and funds to local charitable organizations. In 2013, she founded Think Social First, which quickly became one of the Hudson Valley’s top marketing agencies for over 50 local clients.

Picture of Nick and Shane

The Long Island South Team

Nick Palumbo (left)
Nick is a naval officer, marine engineer, educator and entrepreneur. He is a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve and an assistant professor at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, NY. He has served as a USCG Licensed assistant engineer aboard ships and as a port engineer where he managed the maintenance of a fleet of vessels and their shipyard periods. As an entrepreneur, he runs an e-commerce business. Nick joined the Farm Stores family in 2018 as a franchisee. Nick is a lifetime Long Island resident and lives in Oyster Bay, NY with his wife and four children.

Shane Kavanagh (right)
Shane has nearly 20 years of public relations experience. He’s helped create success for an array of clients across multiple sectors and has broad knowledge of media, government and community relations, as well as crisis management and event planning. In 2015, Shane launched his own, eponymous PR consultancy. In 2018, he joined the Farm Stores family as a franchisee. Shane is a native of Youngstown, OH, and lives in Oyster Bay, NY with his wife and two children

The Louisiana Area Rep

Robert E. Pressler, III
Lafayette, LA

Robert, Bob to his friends, is a graduate of The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He has been in sales and management throughout his career in providing energy-efficient lighting and electrical products for commercial and industrial clients. His entrepreneurial nature and people skills started in grade school with a lawnmowing company and has continued to grow through residential property investment and remodeling. The next phase and largest challenge will be bringing Farm Stores to the state of Louisiana as the Area Representative. A focus on ethics and a willingness to help have been key to his success and Farm Stores is the next extension of that motto. He has been happily married to his wife Jennifer for fifteen years and has two wonderful children, Robert and CeCe. They reside in Lafayette, Louisiana (“Cajun Country”) and love the outdoors, family and having fun!

Email: robert.pressler@farmstores.com

The New Jersey Team

 

Pictured from Left to Right:

Dr. Kamran Tasharofi

Dr. Tasharofi has been practicing as a board certified internist since 2003 and runs a large multi specialty group serving Union and Middlesex counties.   In addition to being President and CEO of Union County Health Care and MD Care Urgent Center. Kamran holds position as Chairman of Bylaws Committee in Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Rahway, Medical Director for Amber Court assisted living in Elizabeth, Medical director at Elmora Hills Nursing and Rehab Center, Medical Director at Comfort Care of New Jersey Hospice as well as Center for Hope Hospice, and Medical Director at Cranford Health Extended Care as well as Allaris Health Care System in Rahway.  He also serves as a member of Union County Workforce Investment Board and is a Civil Surgeon in Department of Homeland Security.  He is the proud father of three lovely daughters.

Joe D’Albero

Joe is a Rutgers University graduate who initially went to school to become a Mobile Intensive Care Paramedic.  Although he loved the ability to help people and save lives, he wanted greater financial success and security for his family and so went him into medical sales.  For over 17 years, Joe has excelled in medical technology sales and sales management/marketing business selling many different products into varying environments including pharmaceuticals, office-based devices, neurosurgery and trauma, surgical lasers, CT scanners, large hospital room equipment, etc.  Joe specializes in start-up companies and strategic process implementation and has succeeded in every company he has worked with earning him many awards.  In addition, Joe has built and managed sales teams in the Northeast.   Joe is married with 2 children.

Chintan Trivedi

Chintan is an entrepreneur who has experience in diverse industries like construction management, hospitality, technology, healthcare and business process outsourcing. As an entrepreneur, he has three companies with operations in two countries and a staff strength of over 200. A very process oriented and analytical individual, he creates new business opportunities and strategy for growth through his networking abilities and can-do attitude.  Chintan is married and has a young daughter.

Email: jdalbero@farmstores.com

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