Meet Our Leadership Team

Tom E. Sween

CEO/Chairman of the Board

Tom “officially” started with the company in 1970 as a Route Driver and then served as VP of Sales. In 1974 he became President and in 1986 Chairman when he purchased the company from his father and Founder, Earl. In 2009, Tom shifted the responsibility of President to his son, Tom H. Sween. He currently serves on the World Presidents Board, has served on the board for Breck School and Robertson Inc. and is active in supporting The Courage Center and Urban Ventures. Tom received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Economics from Denver University.

Tom H. Sween

President and COO

Tom H. Sween, a third generation Sween, “officially” started with the company in 1997 as a Sales Manager in the Wholesale Division and has since worked in and managed numerous functional areas of the company. Tom assumed the role of President in 2008 and has since added Chief Operating Officer to his title. Tom received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Colorado State University and his Masters Degree from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Business.

John Davis

Chief Financial Officer

John joined E.A. Sween Company in 1986 as a Financial Accounting Manager. He was promoted to Controller in 1990, VP of Finance in 2004 and CFO in 2009. In addition to his duties as CFO, John also manages the Accounting, Credit and Fleet Departments. Prior to joining E.A. Sween Company, John worked in public accounting for Peterson Co. PA and Arthur Andersen LLP. John received an Accounting Degree from Minnesota State University in Mankato and passed the CPA exam in 1981.

Rob Linner

Sr. Vice President of Distribution Solutions

Rob joined E.A. Sween Company in 1976 as Marketing Director. Since then, he has managed all company profit centers as a Corporate Officer. As Sr. VP, Rob manages the Combined Distribution Centers, Sween Distribution Services, Direct Store Delivery and Logistics functions. Rob also serves on the Board of Youth Forum Minnesota, Gustavus Adolphus College Alumni Class President and is on the Demand Chain Logistics Team for 7-Eleven, Inc's fresh food business system. Rob received his BA from Gustavus Adolphus College with majors in Economics, Political Science and Business Administration.

Bryan Virgin

Sr. Vice President of Sales

Bryan joined Deli Express in 1997 and manages the sales force, account management and sales support areas for the company. Prior to joining Deli Express, Bryan worked at General Mills and three start-up companies including a Marketing/Consulting Agency, Frozen Baby Food Company and a self service shipping company. Bryan has his MBA from the College of St. Thomas.

Tom Nientimp

Sr. Vice President of Brand & Innovation

Tom joined the E.A. Sween Company in 2014 as the SVP of Brand and Innovation after 22 years of experience in the consumer packaged goods industry. Tom began his career with Procter and Gamble in manufacturing management and then spent 18 years with General Mills in a wide variety of marketing/general management roles. He brings experience in brand building and innovation as well as cross functional and general management expertise. Tom received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Kim Larish

Vice President of Human Resources

Kim joined E.A. Sween Company in 1987 as a Human Resources Specialist and later assumed the role of H.R. Manager and H.R. Director. Kim became the VP of Human Resources in 2000 and currently manages the company’s staffing, benefits, work comp and employee relations functions. She is also the Secretary of E.A. Sween’s Board of Directors and serves as the President of the Southwest Metro Human Resources Association. Kim received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and Business Administration from Winona State University and also holds a certification as a Strategic Professional in Human Resources.

Ron Myshka

Vice President of Information Systems

Ron joined E.A. Sween Company in 1986 as a Programmer/Analyst in the I.S. Department. He was promoted to I.S. Manager in 1992 and VP of I.S. in 1999. Ron drove the creation of the company’s first disaster recovery program and was instrumental in bringing handheld technology to Deli Express. Ron oversees the company’s hardware infrastructure and a team of Programmers, Business Analysts and Project Managers. Ron received a Bachelor of Computer Science Degree from the University of Wisconsin in La Crosse.