Butcher and Chief Executive Officer
Ryan has 15 years of experience building businesses and igniting his passion for food and agriculture. After apprenticing with Fleishers in 2010, Ryan left a consulting career to launch Craft Butchery in Westport, CT in 2011. Along side partner Paul Nessel, he quickly grew the old-fashioned butcher shop into a profitable and responsible business that became an integral part of the Connecticut food system. Recognizing that the business needed to grow in order to effectively connect small producers with rapidly expanding demand, Ryan merged Craft Butchery with Fleishers Pasture-Raised Meats in 2014. Prior to becoming a leader in the ethical food movement, Ryan worked in banking and management consulting with JP Morgan Chase and Charles River Associates. He received a BBA from the University of Michigan in 2000, and a Masters Degree in Mathematics Education from Pace University in 2006.
Butcher and Chief Operations Officer
Sam brings more than 10 years of leadership experience to her role as Chief Operating Officer. In 2012, she completed an apprenticeship at Fleishers Westport and continued on to become the shop’s General Manager, driving the growth of Connecticut’s first sustainable, whole-animal butcher shop and restaurant. Earlier in her career, Sam served as Production Manager of Maya Mountain Cacao, a direct-trade cocoa bean sourcing operation in Belize, where she directed the processing of organic cacao beans through a 400% increase in volume and staff. Before joining the ethical food movement, Sam conceptualized, designed and deployed e-commerce and business analytics software solutions for Oracle. She holds her BA in information science and biology from Cornell University. If not for work-related meat consumption, Sam would be a vegetarian.
Chief of Business Development
Christophe Hille, a graduate of Wesleyan University (BA, 1996) and New York University (MS, 2013), has worked in the food industry since 1993 as a farm hand, line cook, restaurant chef, private chef, executive officer, and business owner. Christophe grew up in Connecticut and Switzerland and has worked in New England, France, San Francisco, and Italy. In San Francisco, he was the founding chef and co-owner of A16 Restaurant, a fast-paced Neapolitan pizzeria and enoteca that opened its doors in 2004. In 2009, Christophe opened Northern Spy Food Co., a small restaurant in New York’s East Village with a focus on local sourcing and seasonal menus which remains a neighborhood institution to this day. Christophe became involved with Fleishers as a co-owner of the Brooklyn store in 2011 and joined the company full-time in 2013 as CFO and general governance guru. He oversaw the merger of Fleishers and Saugatuck Craft Butchery in 2014 alongside his colleague Ryan Fibiger, which resulted in the formation of Fleishers Craft Butchery. Christophe resides in Brooklyn with his wife, two daughters, and three bicycles.
Paul Nessel brings over 20 years of diverse business experience, coupled with pride in craftsmanship, to his role of Head Butcher of Fleishers Craft Butchery. After completing an exhaustive apprenticeship at Fleishers in Kingston NY, dubbed “Meat Camp”, he continued on as a founder of Craft Butchery in Westport CT. His big, bearded face has been behind the counter there ever since, breaking down cuts, helping folks eat better, and training aspiring butchers in classes and workshops. Prior to Fleishers, Paul was part of a group of three friends that resurrected the The Stone Church Music Club in Newmarket NH, a storied music venue and community meeting house for over 180 years which had fallen into disrepair and closed. The club achieved a outsized national reputation both among touring artist and fans as one of the best small venues in the county. He received a BA in English from Hobart College.
Meat Enthusiast and Director of Marketing
Raised just blocks from our shop in Park Slope, Brooklyn, Sophie’s love of food began early with trips to specialty food shops, farmer’s markets and food festivals around New York City with her family. Seeking greater purpose and meaning from her career, Sophie was inspired to join the Fleishers team in 2013 to help grow a responsible and ethical food system. Sophie started her career in food as General Manager at Sava’s Restaurant in Ann Arbor while getting her BA in Social Anthropology from the University of Michigan in ’09. In the fall of 2010 she climbed on board the Wafels & Dinges food trucks, baking fresh Belgian waffles before going on to become VP of Sales and Internal Affairs. To date Sophie’s learned how to break down a whole hog, expertly smoke beef brisket, and perfectly cook any steak.
Director of Butchery and Education
After serving as a butcher and protein manager, Trevor, himself a graduate of the Fleishers Butchery Training program, now directs the company’s school, widely considered to be among the best in the nation for revitalizing the art and craft of whole animal butchery. Horrified by factory farms, Trevor spent many years as a vegetarian before welcoming sustainable and humanely raised meat back into his life. He lives in the New York metro area with his wife and two sons, with whom he eats bacon almost daily (pasture-raised, of course). He holds his BA in English Language/Literature from the University of Kansas.