Schare & Associates, Inc.

This is our story

Schare & Associates, Inc. was formed in 1997 by owner Keith Schare who started in the Fruit Concentrate business back in 1992.  Through the years, we have worked with thousands of customers and suppliers and we pride ourselves on treating every one of them right.

Our company is founded on Honesty, Integrity and Ethics. We only treat others as we ourselves want to be treated.  In difficult times, we believe that communication is always the answer.  (Click here to read more about “What Sets Us Apart”).

We use the Hubbard® Management System ( that has enabled us to be very successful. We have an Organizing Board which can be seen below.

Each one of us at Schare & Associates takes pride in a job well done and a customer or vendor made happy.  Click on the individual staff member below to read more about our staff.

Meet Our Team

Keith Schare – Executive Director and Owner


Keith Schare

Phone: 877-859-4861 Ext. 1



Hello!  I started working in the food industry in 1992, with a company called “Daystar”.  I enjoyed working there very much but some problems with management led to the closing of the company.  After a short period of finding my way, my entrepreneurial  spirit took over and Schare & Associates was born.


I can’t believe how time has flown by but I must say that I love running this company and working with my staff, customers and suppliers.  I consider so many of these people my friends and I feel so lucky to be able to speak with them on a regular basis.  My staff here laugh because every Monday I say at our meeting “TGIM” (Thank God it’s Monday).  But honestly, I love my job and this is how I feel.


My favorite things to do are spending time with my kids, playing guitar, listening to music, going to concerts and learning about life through Scientology®.


Music is a big part of my life.  I have listed my favorite 50 bands under the blog section of this website.   I can update it when things change quite a bit. Feel free to email me with your top 10. I’m always looking for something great to listen to.

Tom Egelandsdal – Sales Manager and Owner


Tom Egelandsdal

Phone: 877-859-4861 Ext. 3




I am a partner and Sales Manager here at Schare & Associates.  I have been here for over 10 years.


I have a strong technical background that started many years ago when I studied Engineering.  I enjoy working with our customers to help them solve their ingredient problems.


In my spare time, I enjoy a number of outdoor activities, boating, skiing, etc.  I particularly enjoy building things, whether it’s remodeling a kitchen, bathroom or building a shed.


I love the sense of accomplishment you get from putting something together with your own two hands.  I look forward to working with you!

Amanda Wacks – Salesperson


Amanda Wacks

Phone: 877-859-4861 Ext. 8




My Name is Amanda Wacks.  I have been with Schare and Associates since April of 2008.  I started off in the company as a customer service coordinator, doing samples, handling logistics and any customer issues.  After two years I was offered the opportunity to move up to sales, which was an easy transition, already knowing the” Ins and Outs” of the business. Sales is one thing I never thought I would be doing, but I have to say it really is a great job!  I love getting to know clients from all over the USA and Canada.  I love the competitiveness and fast paced environment of the food trading business.  Working in the sales department has been quite a life changing experience for me because it gives me the opportunity to make a good living along with being the best Mom and Wife for my family.


I am all about my family, probably because I came from a huge one!  I am one of 6 and have just about 60 first cousins.  I got married at the young age of nineteen to my husband and we have two beautiful, spunky daughters together.  I enjoy spending quality time with my family and  being able to experience new things with my daughters.  I love planning parties, events and vacations for my family and friends.  Life is good and should be celebrated!


I look forward to many more years at Schare and Associates and being able to serve our clients with the best frozen food deals available in today’s market.

Ken Ungarsohn – Salesperson

Ken Ungarsohn

Phone: 877-859-4861 Ext. 10




I have been in the sales and marketing industry for over 25 years. As head of sales and marketing for a major translation and transcription firm in NYC, I increased company profits and diversification substantially which resulted in the sale of the company at double its gross profit. 


*Coursework completed toward Doctor of Musical Arts Northwestern University

*Music Lover, all styles

*Love to spend time with my wife and son

*Forays into philosophy

*Anti-drug campaigns


Carolann Egelandsdal – Director of Finance

Hello, My name is Carolann Egelandsdal and I handle the bookkeeping here at Schare and Associates. I have worked for several different companies through the years and have held different accounting positions. I have been with Schare and Associates for over 10 years and have enjoyed seeing the company grow to what it is today.
I am married and have three boys. I enjoy doing crafts and homemade gifts for other people. I am mainly doing knitting and crochet right now.

If at any time you have issues with your invoices or your account please feel free to contact me. I would be happy to help.


Carolann Egelandsdal

Phone: 877-859-4861 Ext. 2


Jennifer Zelicof – Executive Facilitator

Jennifer Zelicof

Phone: 877-859-4861 Ext. 6



I have been with Schare & Associates since 2014.  I am the Executive Facilitator supporting the sales team.  I manage our weekly company email promotion, maintain our sample inventory and also handle accounts receivables.

I like to spend my free time with family, listening to music, reading and playing the piano.


Tanya Crici – Customer Service in Charge

Hi!  I’m Tanya and I started working for Schare & Associates in 2010.  My main responsibilities within the company are to handle order processing, logistics and administrative duties as well as customer service inquiries.  I have 2 children; a 15 year old daughter and a 1 year old son.  I’m also an avid animal lover, animal rights activist and have 3 cats.  During my free time I love to spend time with my kids and husband, listening to music, and playing video games when I can squeeze them in.   I look forward to spending many more years at Schare & Associates working with the amazing staff and our even more amazing customers!

Tanya Crici

Phone: 877-859-4861 Ext. 5


Colleen Shure – Customer Service/Trucking Rates/Warehousing/Documentation

Hello!  I’m Colleen and I’ve worked at Schare & Associates since 2013.  My main responsibilities are to handle administrative duties and customer service inquiries.  In my free time I enjoy baking, cross stitching, listening to music and spending time with my husband.  As an animal lover, I am the proud owner of a spoiled cat and an even more spoiled dog.  I hope to enjoy many more years at Schare & Associates and working with our customers! 

Colleen Shure

Phone: 877-859-4861 Ext. 9


Marie Coccaro – Sourcing

Marie Coccaro

Phone: 877-859-4861 Ext. 7


 My name is Marie Coccaro ( a.k.a Warrior). I believe in living a healthy lifestyle. I pride myself on my work and family. I’m a proud young grandma with a precious grandson who will be a year old on April 25th 2017.  My job here is “Sourcing Agent”.  I find special Food Deals that fit our clients’ needs. I started working here in April, 2014.  



Feel free to contact us for further information.