Eugene Suarez, Sr., President

gene_srAs the president and founder of Abuelita, Eugene, Sr. has done it all in our family business.  Born in Tucson, AZ of Mexican parents, Gene wore many hats before starting the company. Eugene Sr. is a proud Korean War veteran who served with the USMC, a Tucson detective and was director of law enforcement for the Bureau of Indian Affairs.  The last job brought him to Washington, DC, where he started the business in Herndon, VA.  Being a small business entrepreneur means doing whatever is necessary –dishwasher, driver, accountant, salesman, and most importantly, visionary.  Running the business over 40 years later is a testament to the will and drive of Eugene.  His dream is realized by his employees – “The business is like family.  We have so many people who have worked here for over 20 years.  We could not do what we do without them.”


Eugene Suarez, Jr., Vice President

gene_jrEugene Suarez, Jr. has worked at Abuelita for over 35 years.  He has held almost every job in the factory and office, including: oven operator, corn cooker, flour tortilla baker, forklift operator, plumber, salesman, equipment designer, and quality control manager, just to name a few.  He has also followed his law enforcement family. Serving as a reserve Deputy Sheriff and an auxiliary Police Officer. He is currently serving once again as a Deputy Sheriff. Tai Chi with a weapons preference for health, rounds out and balances his life. What makes Abuelita special to him?  “Our commitment to quality products for our customers. No corners are ever cut on any ingredients.”


Peggy Suarez, General Manager

peggyPeggy Suarez hung her hat at Abuelita in January of 1988 and has never looked back.  From the very beginning she was impressed with the dedication and skill of the entire team.  “Our business has evolved over the years but the common goal of producing a product we would be proud to serve our family and friends still remains,” according to Peggy.  To balance the hectic pace of the business day she is a devoted practitioner of Tai Chi and yoga.


Steve Dill, Sales Director

steveSteve has been the director of sales at Abuelita for over 13 years, but previously worked as a chef.  Steve is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and completed an apprenticeship in France.  “My background gives me the ability to assist our customers with menus, recipes and ideas to best use our products.  Our products are truly the best in the business.”


Tammy Nelson, Office Manager

tammyTammy has almost 20 years of experience at Abuelita.   She anchors the front office by handling everything from production spreadsheets to point of sale graphics to computer crashes.  Tammy is an active and devoted member of her church and family as well as a long time Girl Scouts supporter.  “It is great to work with such good, friendly people, where we strive to have fun while making the best products.”


Kim Albright, Customer and Vendor Relations Specialist

kimKim has been with Abuelita for five years.  She started as the administrative assistant, but has grown into her new post this past year.  Her friendly and outgoing style are the benefits of having lived in Brazil and China among other places with her USMC (ret.) husband, and learning to embrace and adapt.  She is a graduate of the University of Nebraska.


Cheryl Fair, Administrative Assistant

cherylCheryl is the newest team member at Abuelita. She earned her Masters of Fine Arts from the New York Academy of Art.  She handles the incoming calls from customers and vendors and is the first impression that our customers have about our company.  Fortunately for Abuelita, you can hear her smile on the phone!



THE 20+ YEAR CREW

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(left to right)
Terri Snyder, Quality Control
Olympia Esperanza Garcia, Production
Agustina Oliva, Line Supervisor
Simona Corrales, Line Supervisor
Maria Romano, Line Supervisor
Cayetano Guitierrez, Production

(not pictured)
Joe Hood, Warehouse Manager
Jose Martir Garcia,  Production Supervisor
Fidel Rivera, Line Supervisor
Elvia, Rios, Line Supervisor