We founded HALO Food Connect with the vision of bringing high quality European food products to the United States. We commit ourselves to operating with honesty and integrity with all of our trading partners while working towards the common goal of offering high quality, innovative items at a reasonable price.
WHO WE ARE
Your partner for market entry and expansion into the U.S. food market
Lars Oltmanns[Founding Owner]
A native German and founding owner of HALO Food Connect. Lars Oltmanns is a well connected business leader in his industry with strong skills in cultural relationships, international trade and sales & marketing.
After earning his master’s degree in European Business Studies with studies in Germany and Spain Mr. Oltmanns joined the sales team of a leading European frozen food manufacturer. In this position he was responsible for several large German national retailers as well as export markets throughout Europe.
In 2004 he initiated their market entry into the USA, moving permanently to Atlanta, GA in 2007. As CEO & President, he was charged with the mission to create, build and lead the North American sales operation. In this role he gained valuable experience in importing, managing people, building a bridge to Europe, and marketing products to the U.S. retail and foodservice market.
He is married with one child and active as a member of the Board of Directors of the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern United States.
Jeff Hankinson[Founding Owner]
Mr. Hankinson is a well rounded business leader and entrepreneur with a strong background in sales, finance, and logistics.
Upon graduating from the University of Georgia, Mr. Hankinson began his career as a banking officer with a large Atlanta based bank. He later worked for a one of the world’s premier human resources consulting firms where he simultaneously completed his Master of Business Administration.
In late 2003, he joined an Atlanta based food import company where he led their national retail sales effort. In this role he worked with a broad base of retailers, distributors, brokers, and suppliers from around the world.
In 2007, he joined the U.S. subsidiary of Europe’s largest producer of frozen baked goods as Vice President of Sales for the USA and Canada. In additional to managing both national and regional accounts, he oversaw a strategic marketing initiative which led to the development and launch of a new brand and multiple new products.
Mr. Hankinson is a founding owner of HALO Food Connect where he works with international and domestic suppliers to develop and execute strategic sales initiatives in the retail and foodservice sectors.
He is married with three daughters and is active in his north Atlanta community.