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ABOUT PHT SYSTEMS

Whatever it takes to help you succeed

PHT is a national wholesale distributor of foodservice equipment, breadings and seasonings, and supplies from leading manufacturers.

Timely solutions, superior service

What sets us apart is our dedication to our customers beyond the sale. We provide everything you need to succeed: consulting, training, service and repair. No matter how simple or complex your foodservice needs are — one piece of equipment or an entire kitchen — we’ll give you the same high level of service.

Our goal: To build partnerships that last.

History

Serving the foodservice industry for more than 35 years

With more than 200 years of combined experience in our industry, PHT Systems knows foodservice — and what you need to succeed. Our philosophy is customer focused and “whatever it takes.” And we’re grateful to our many customers — past, present and future — for our continued growth.

PAST

Where we started

Founded in 1981 in Minnesota, PHT began as a distributor of Henny Penny pressure fryers.
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PRESENT

Today

PHT is the exclusive distributor for Henny Penny in the Midwest and Southern California. We also provide premium equipment from other leading manufacturers, as well as breadings, seasoning, and supplies. We are known in the industry for our dedication to customer training and service.
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FUTURE

Looking ahead

We're excited to grow into new territories, add to our team of experts, and expand our product line. We will continue to bring our customers the best solutions in foodservice equipment, supplies, training, and service to build partnerships that last.
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OUR TEAM

Meet the people of PHT

PRESIDENT

Chris Reichert

Chris purchased PHT in December 2018. As president, he sets the vision and mission of the company; works with the team to establish short- and long-term goals, and helps build a positive company culture. Before leading PHT, he was partner and CFO of the nation’s largest independent distributor of ophthalmic surgical products. Chris is married with two beautiful daughters and one adorable dog. He enjoys trying new restaurants, travel (especially in winter) and golf.

Sales Director

Tracy Askwith

Tracy has been with PHT since 2000 and in the food industry for 38 years. She leads the sales team to help customers improve their foodservice operations with new equipment that will deliver better quality, consistency, and savings. She is passionate about taking care of her customers, sharing new ideas, and selling quality equipment — and yet she’s never considered herself a sales person. Married with two kids, Tracy enjoys travel, hiking with her family, and trying new restaurants.

Training Director

Buffy Braun

With PHT since 1989, Buffy’s prior experience includes quick service restaurants, dietary nursing homes, university food service and retail supermarkets. She leads the training department, providing hands-on customer training on equipment, and the the development of breading and seasoning programs. Married with two kids, Buffy has a keen interest in cooking and loves trying new recipes. She loves movies and doesn’t know what she’d do without Netflix.,

Service Director

Dave Madson

Dave started as a service technician at PHT in 1996 and was promoted to director in 1998. With 32 years of service experience, he is committed to providing the highest level of customer service possible. He believes in trying to help customers fix the problem themselves over the phone before dispatching a service technician, and is the specialist on all of PHT’s equipment lines. Married, Dave spends most of November in a deer stand. He’s also a DIY person and enjoys fixing and building things.

General Manager, California

Frank Liddi

Frank came to PHT in 2019 with a lifetime of experience in the foodservice industry having worked in family and corporate restaurants as well as hotel and stadium foodservice operations.  His work as both an executive chef and an equipment purchasing manager gives him keen insight into the needs of operators.  Married with two kids, Frank enjoys doing some renovations around the house and can’t wait to complete the kitchen so he can get back to hosting family and friends. 

We’re here to help

Let’s talk about how we can help take your foodservice operation to the next level.

Careers

Interested in joining the PHT team? We may have a position for you.  Contact us to learn more about positions in:

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