Senior Vice President of Finance, Golden State Foods; President, Golden State Service Industries
Fact: He plays guitar in the company band, Duct Tape & Beer. The group recently played at the House of Blues in Downtown Disney at a fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House Charities.
How did you get started in the food service industry? I began working in food service when I was 14 years old. My uncle owned a donut shop in Seal Beach. My first summer job had me mopping floors. By the next summer, I was an assistant donut baker.
There are few people in life who seem to have it all figured out. Bill Sanderson is one of those people. Beyond his day job as senior vice president of finance for Irvine-based Golden State Foods, a primary supplier for McDonald’s, he has his hands in a number of community-based programs.
“I was raised in a family that embraced volunteerism and the notion of giving back,” Sanderson says. “I have found the role to be very rewarding.”
He started working with Golden State Foods seven years ago as a consultant – the gig was only supposed to last five months. But he was offered a position as group president of the company’s Golden State Service Industries subsidiary, and he’s continued to move up the executive ranks.
“I believe it is most important to enjoy what you do and those you do it with,” he says. “A passion for a cause, product or service trumps most headwinds we face in business over time.”
– Caitlin Adams
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