Pair of Industry Veterans Join Five Star, Expanding The Company’s Sales Organization

April 15, 2019

CHATTANOOGA, TN – Canteen franchise Five Star Food Service announced today the addition of industry veterans Jeff Lyons and Herb Modesitt to their growing sales organization. Both share extensive background in the vending, coffee service, and foodservice industry. Five Star has added the positions of Director of Office Coffee Sales and Director of National Accounts to bolster its sales team lead by Vice President of Sales, Pat Barger.

Meet Jeff

After spending the last 17 years with Aramark as a National Account Manager, Jeff Lyons joins Five Star as Director of National Accounts where he will oversee all third party partner relationships. “Jeff brings an extensive background in optimization and growth of national account and third-party relationships,” said Pat Barger. “He will be a huge asset to the company as we look to expand these programs.”

Meet Herb

After a brief stint outside of the industry, Herb Modesitt returns to join Five Star as the Director of Office Coffee Sales where he will oversee and lead the office coffee sales team. Modesitt is a 28-year coffee service industry veteran serving in sales and leadership roles at Aramark, Filterfresh, and Royal Cup respectively. “We are thrilled to add Herb to our team. His expertise and leadership will enable us to focus on continued high levels of new business growth of our coffee, water, and pantry service division,” commented Barger.


Five Star Food Service, headquartered in Chattanooga, TN, is the Southeast’s premier on-site food and beverage solution provider to employers and other commercial, institutional, and educational locations. Five Star is a leader in micro markets, full-line vending, corporate pantry kitchen, coffee and water services, full-service dining, catering, and sustainable products across Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, and North Carolina. Founded in 1993, Five Star has grown to one of the largest privately held operators in the United States and is a franchise of Canteen, a Compass Group company. Learn more at or join the conversation on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram.


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