About Dave Swain Associates
With an 8750-square-foot office, warehouse, and training facility in Westford, Massachusetts, Dave Swain Associates has been a leading representative to the New England foodservice industry for over 45 years.
Tim DeGraves, CSP
Tim joined Dave Swain Associates in 2012. He has over 10 years of experience in the foodservice equipment industry. Tim work 8 years at Bally Refrigerated Boxes as in inside sales rep, a manufacturer Dave Swain Associates has represented for over 40 years. He attended the University of Maryland prior to joining his family’s hardware store chain in the Baltimore/ D.C. area. He lives with his wife Rachel and two children Natalie and Timothy, Jr. in Newburyport, MA. He enjoys coaching sports along with spending time on the water with his family.
Nils joined Dave Swain Associates in 2002 as a territory manager, Nils has over 30 years in the foodservice industry. Prior to joining DSA, Nils served as a regional sales manager for a leading broad liner in New England. Nils graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management. Nils lives in Centerville, MA with his wife Elena Hobbies and interests include sporting clays, volunteer work at our local library, along with helping to prepare meals at our local homeless shelter.
John Minks joined Dave Swain Associates in 2017. John currently has over 25 years operational experience in the hospitality industry. Before joining Dave Swain Associates, John was a General Manager for a prominent restaurant group in Boston, MA. John graduated from Johnson & Wales University with a Baking & Pastry Arts and Hospitality Management Degree. John will be responsible for the Dave Swain Associates’ Tabletop and Smallwares Division. John enjoys shooting skeet, playing tennis and golf, as well as skiing in the winter.
Tony comes to us from the dealer side of the foodservice business with 19 years of experience in design, project management and sales. His expertise on projects range from K-12, universities, correctional facilities and design build of restaurants. Tony lives in northern CT with his wife and 4 kids. In his free time, he enjoys cycling and hiking with his family.
Phil joined Dave Swain Associates in 2011. Phil currently has over 40 years of experience in the foodservice equipment industry. Prior to joining DSA Phil worked for a prominent national foodservice equipment dealer and also for a leading Manufacturer in many roles as a sales manager, service manager, parts manager. Phil Graduated with a BA at Worcester State University. Phil supports all inside functions of DSA order entry, quotes, customer service, sales support, & office operations. Phil lives in Shrewsbury, MA with his wife Kathy enjoys playing Golf, watching all sports, and spending time with his grandchildren.
Joanie joined Dave Swain Associates in 2001. Joanie currently has over 30 years of experience in the foodservice equipment industry. Prior to joining DSA she worked for a leading equipment manufacturer’s representative group in Massachusetts. Joanie supports all inside functions of DSA order entry, quotes, customer service, sales support, & office operations. Joanie lives in Leominster, MA and enjoys spending time with family, and gardening, volunteering at her local animal shelter.
Paula joined Dave Swain Associates in 2016. Paula currently has over 18 years of experience in the foodservice equipment industry. Prior to joining DSA she worked for both a leading equipment manufacturer’s representative group New England. Paula Supports all inside functions of DSA order entry, quotes, customer service, sales support, & office operations. Paula lives in Wilmington, MA and enjoys spending time with family & friends.
Alyssa joined Dave Swain Associates on Jan 3, 2023. Alyssa’s role at the company is Inside Sales support and she will be handling order entry, quotes, customer service and CRM entry. Alyssa comes to the Swain Associates team after 2 years experience as a sales and consulting recruiter. Prior to that employment Alyssa graduated from Franklin Pierce University in 2021 where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. During her time at Franklin Pierce University she was also a member of the university’s Track & Field program. In her free time Alyssa enjoys spending time with family & friends.