Jerry is best known as an inventor and an entrepreneur, inventing the wood pellet stove in the late 1980′s and making it a household heating source for millions. However, the part of his life that he is the most proud of surrounds his family. Jerry has a wonderful wife, three daughters and three grandchildren that are the light of his life. In his spare time Jerry loves to travel, recently taking an extended sailing trip with his daughter and son-in-law.
Robert Penrose joined the Sonofresco family in the summer of 2001 after being introduced to the Sonofresco Coffee Roaster as the Director of Manufacturing. He has continued to maintain the production, quality assurance and customer service of the Sonofresco Coffee Roaster, Green Coffee Supply, and accessories, as well as the day-to-day business operations after becoming COO in 2007. Robert’s passion for all aspects of mechanical design, R & D, and engineering developed during an eleven-year career with Pyro Industries and the guidance of Jerry Whitfield. When not working, Robert enjoys fly fishing, boating in the San Juan Islands, playing the drums, and family time.
Katie brings passion for coffee and community, and a competitive spirit to the Sonofresco team. She is a Burlington native and graduate of Western Washington University. Katie studied International Business and Spanish, and she is a proud alumna of the women’s soccer team (Go Viks!). She is a firm believer of working-by-referral from past experience in the client service industry and hopes to reinforce Sonofresco’s commitment to serving the roasting solution needs of their customers as the backbone for future growth. In her free time she enjoys embracing new active hobbies to stay fit, going to music concerts, and coaching soccer. She joined the team in August 2016 and is leading Sales and Marketing initiatives for Sonofresco in their new era as a division of Coffee Holding Company, Inc., as of June 2016.
Anna joined Sonofresco in September 2012 and brings great energy and enthusiasm to the team. When you call our office, Anna will warmly greet you and effectively answer the many questions you may have about the Sonofresco Coffee Roaster. She enjoys building relationships with customers and will make sure you leave feeling satisfied and excited about roasting coffee. The Sonofresco team is like a second family to Anna! Anna has a wonderful husband and is a mom to four active children; needless to say she is a busy woman. She loves to cook and enjoys watching her children’s sporting events. She is a proud Mount Vernon High School Alumnus, and enjoys working in this great community.
Sean joined the Sonofresco family in 2008 after relocating to the area from Lynnwood. When a Sonofresco roaster needs to be built and shipped, he’s our “go-to guy”! Known as our “Roaster Builder”, Sean takes pride knowing that your roaster is built to perfection and meets all testing requirements. He gladly takes service calls and is able to troubleshoot most of the questions raised by customers. He has a passion for a clean warehouse and his friendly attitude is contagious. Sean is an avid fisherman and enjoys spending time with his two children and family.