It’s Personal

Your success is our success.

Passion meets Community

Leverage Buying Group was created out of a series of events that proved two potential competitors were, in fact, stronger together. The story begins on the 1800 block of Capitol Ave in Midtown Sacramento with four guys; two are partners/owners of Paesanos and the others of Zocalo. These restaurateurs would become allies in their passion for good business, great food, and strong community, so much that they launched the Handle District business alliance, which has helped make Midtown the dining destination it is today.

In 2008, their commitment to community opened another door when the industry was facing one of the worst economic downturns to date. Leverage was able to help the independent restaurant community by securing their members competitive pricing typically reserved for large chains. Four community focused businessmen created a program which has grown from Sacramento to all of Northern California, and is spreading its way to independent restaurants across the country.

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Meet the team

Jack Frost

Jack Frost

Vice President of Operations

Jack Frost, a Northern California native and veteran food service professional, is proud to support Leverage Buying Group as Vice President of Operations. He brings with him over 30 years of operations, distribution, and supply chain management experience and is thrilled to apply his knowledge to your business. When he isn’t in the office crunching numbers and finding you the best product at the best price, you can find him in the kitchen cooking for friends and family, on the golf course, or hitting the gym. Jack is your go-to guy for the best hikes in Tahoe and finding the hidden savings in your product mix.

Julie D'Amico

Julie D’Amico

Vice President of Member Services

Julie D’Amico learned unmatched work ethics and service values from growing up on her family’s farm in Illinois. In 2019, she joined Leverage Buying Group as Vice President of Member Services after great success in food distribution sales. Julie is happiest offering personalized service to each of her members which is indicative of the homegrown values that she and Leverage share. When Julie is not visiting local members or traveling to meet members in person, she enjoys creating her next DIY craft and entertaining friends and family in her home. Put Julie on your speed dial and know that you have a genuine, personalized support system for maximizing your business’s success.

Joel Wilson

Joel Wilson

Member Services

Joel Wilson, a Bay Area native, joined the Leverage Member Services team after a career in the healthcare industry, where he honed his ability to create connections and trust. As point man for our onboarding process, he makes every member feel valued with his quick responses, creative solutions, and innate relatability. Additionally, Joel is here to proactively assist members after onboarding to continue to build our relationship and ensure success. During his downtime, you can find Joel cooking up pollo asada burrito bowls, hiking with his kiddos, watching Stranger Things, or rooting for one of his Bay Area sports teams.

Mission and Values

Our mission is simple. Leverage is here to save you time and money. We believe that by supporting our members to achieve the best total cost of goods we enable their success and longevity. At Leverage nothing makes us happier than to see restaurateurs achieve their financial goals, which is why we are laser focused on finding the savings in each operation using data analytics and real-world applications.

Our values come from years as small business owners and operators — strong business ethics, personalized service, and effective strategic planning.

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