As a sales representative for FreshPoint, Courtney Oppman has a front-row seat to the growing sophistication and variety of the restaurant scene in Greater Nashville.
Courtney works directly with Tennessee chefs on produce orders and their increasing desire to feature more local produce on their menus. Texas-based Fresh Point, which has offices and a warehouse in Nashville, is the largest produce distributor to the U.S. food service industry. It also has the largest local produce program for Middle Tennessee restaurants, banquet halls, hotels, cafes and country clubs.
She loves her job and credits membership at the Nashville City Club with helping make it happen. Brandon Styll, sales manager at FreshPoint, also is a NCC member and the two met at the club.
“FreshPoint needed a sales rep and it was perfect timing,” she says.
Courtney joined the City Club in February 2012, a few years after moving to Nashville for a job with Ethicon as a clinical sales representative.
“I’ve found people genuinely friendly and incredibly social and approachable,” Courtney says. “I have also found the professional development information presented through the City Club’s networking and mentoring groups to be valuable and applicable to my daily work and goals.”
She started working for FreshPoint, which is owned by SYSCO, last year, in May 2012. She also has worked at Xerox as a Services and Solutions Executive supporting Fortune 500 organizations. She has a bachelors of science in Selling and Sales Management from Purdue University.
At the City Club, Courtney Oppman is part of the group training for the 2013 Country Music Marathon and plans to run her first half-marathon on April 27. She is an organizer of Ladies Connection, a monthly networking group, part of the Young Executives group and takes advantage of other mentorship and networking opportunities. Access to more experienced business leaders has helped her develop new skills and approach situations in new ways.
“The club really offers the opportunity to get to know established members on a personal level and learn from their experiences,” Courtney says.