Atlas Executive Team

John Kohl

Chief Executive Officer

John Kohl

John has led the organization for 15 years. John has a background in sales and marketing across multiple industries. Prior to joining Atlas Wholesale Food Co, John worked for Bluelinx Corporation, formerly Georgia Pacific. John graduated cum laude from Miami University of Ohio with his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and graduated with distinction with his MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. John was selected as a member of Crain’s Detroit 40 business leaders under 40. John is the grandson of Athas Kotsis, founder of Atlas Wholesale Food Co. John represents the 3rd generation to join the company. John is happily married to Jennifer Kohl and is the proud father of Henry, William, Elizabeth, and Olivia!

Mark Tissot

Chief Operating Officer

Mark Tissot

Mark is Atlas’s Chief Operating Officer, aka “Integrator™”. Since 1984, Mark has spent his career in the food distribution industry, at companies such as Marsh Foods Division of Argcen, Serca-Sysco Windsor, Bedell’s Food Service, Sysco Canada and Atlas. He has served in various roles throughout these organizations including Assistant Programmer, Operations Manager, Purchasing Agent, Office Manager, Merchandising Manager, ERP architect, General Manager, Integration Lead, and now COO / Integrator™. Mark holds an accounting degree from the University of Windsor. He combines his deep knowledge of the food service industry, his financial acumen, and his passion for computer science to systematize the processes that make-up Atlas’s “special sauce”. Outside of work, Mark likes to play hockey with his grandson, and get away from the Canadian / Detroit winters to spend time with his wife in sunny Florida.

Matt Heeren

Director of Plant and Operations

Matt Heeren

Matt joined the Atlas team in December 2021! He is an alum of Central Michigan University, where he graduated with a B.S. in Actuarial Science, Mathematics, and Statistics, with a minor in Business Administration.  He has worked in the Produce Industry for 22 years, holding various positions from Order Selector up to Director of Operations.  Most recently, Matt was the Director of Planning with Belle Harvest, overseeing Transportation, Allocation and Planning, IT and Packhouse Operations.  Personally, Matt enjoys watching Michigan Football games with his wife, Maggie, and son, Declan.  Matt, Maggie, and Declan have relocated to SE Michigan from the west side of the state.

Becky Kohl-Gomez

Chief Information Officer & Director of Enabling Functions

Becky Kohl-Gomez

After a 20-year career with General Electric as an engineer for GE Healthcare and an IT leader at GE Aviation, GE Digital and GE Corporate, Becky made the switch to Atlas Wholesale Food in September 2021. Becky is proud to work alongside her brother John and cousin Manny as part of the 3rd generation of Kotsis descendants working at Atlas to make a meaningful local impact. Throughout her career in roles from MRI service and system design to program, product, and team management of engineering IT tools, to IT digital transformation, to being a deal lead for divestitures, the single common thread has been a focus on quality and efficiency. This continues to be her focus as she leads the IT (Information Technology), HR (Human Resources), and Finance team at Atlas. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Biomedical Engineering from Duke University. Becky loves nothing more than spending time with her family; her husband Paco and her 3 incredible sons, Ethan, Gabriel, and Isaac!

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