Sholem Potash

President & Founder

Sholem Potash did not conceive Culinary Depot in a corporate boardroom or at an investor’s meeting. After two decades preparing meals for schoolchildren and hotel guests, Sholem founded Culinary Depot in 1999 as a means to help improve commercial kitchens. Since then, he has helped the company flourish by way of his experience, guidance, and leadership. By sharing his knowledge and passion, Sholem keeps Culinary Depot staff up to date on industry trends and excited for the future.

Michael Lichter

CEO

While Culinary Depot was originally just a wholesale product distributor, the arrival of CEO Michael Lichter lead to rapid expansion. Thanks in large part to Michael’s ambition and foresight, the company quickly became a one-stop shop that also offered kitchen installation and furnishing services. As CEO, Michael prides himself on fostering a positive work environment for employees both in the office as well as in the field.

Riva Zucker

Vice President / Contract Sales

Her extensive expertise in budget preparation and project cost estimation, are essential components in the effective planning and execution. Her continuous goal is to make sure our consultants, contractors and owners reps have their needs met throughout the entire project in a timely manner.

Israel Wolner

Vice President / Contract Sales

Israel brings with him over 18 years of experience in the commercial Foodservice Equipment and Supplies Industry. Primarily working with GCs, multi-unit restaurateurs and hotel management companies, Israel approaches his work with focus and passion—two core components of the Culinary Depot philosophy.

Randy Kurtz

Design & Engineering

Randy has over 20 years of experience in the manufacturing, engineering & design segments of the foodservice industry. Coordinating all stages of design, electrical, plumbing & detailed rough-in needs for sub-contractors, Randy ensures a smooth transition from design concept to full construction documents for all of our projects.

Max Foster

Director of Contract Sales Division

In his various managerial capacities, Max plans, manages, and provides leadership. Since joining Culinary Depot, he has acquired a well-earned track record for delivering challenging projects and has quickly become known as someone who works well with all trades at the jobsite. He is extremely attentive to detail and has no problem handling anything that comes his way.

Barry Lichter

Director of Operations

In addition to running the day to day operations at Culinary Depot, Barry works closely with the executive staff and the general management team to ensure optimum execution of the project’s strategic goals and objective. Barry oversees the entire delivery and installation process, providing all of the necessary resources to make sure every project has the right installers and that all delivery requirements are met.

Lee Chappell

Senior Account Executive/Branch Manager, Columbia, South Carolina

Lee manages our South Carolina Sales office, which covers the Southeast region. With over 20 years’ experience in the industry, Lee has extensive knowledge in designing and executing full service Military Bases and Government Institutions as well as small family-owned restaurants. His expertise enables us to consistently deliver well-thought-out concepts.

Tom MacRae

Western Regions Manager, Las Vegas, Nevada

With over 35 Years’ experience in the Las Vegas market, Tom has played a key role on projects from conception to completion. His projects have included high end bars, restaurants and many major hotel/gaming foodservice facilities. He has an aggressive style and an attention to detail that suits the region’s fast-paced environment.