Paul Neelin - Founder - Chief Operating Officer - Director
Paul started the company in 2009 and has over 35 years of entrepreneurial experience with several successful ventures. These include food and beverage as both a franchisee and franchisor. Mr. Neelin then became the Founder of a design and manufacturing company that created a series of mobile trailers taking brands to non-traditional venues including McDonald's worldwide, Walt Disney, Coca-Cola, Kodak, Mr. Sub, Häagen Dazs and Labatt's breweries. Paul was instrumental in laying the groundwork for the establishment of U-Vend. By focusing on strategic partnerships, Paul negotiated the Mini Melts contract, NHL Licensee / Sponsor contract, assisted with the MLB Licensee contract, and is currently working with FIFA.
Mr. Neelin will continue to work on and manage strategic partnerships, continue to work with our talented software and hardware teams to develop creative solutions for our Digital Network, our Self-Serve Kiosk Program, Distributor Network, and oversee Canadian and Latin American operations and growth initiatives.
Diane Hope – Founder / Marketing
Diane Hope co-founded the company in 2009. Prior to assisting in the creation and development of U-Vend, Diane worked in the marketing field with several large companies in Toronto and turned her sights into modeling and participating in industrial learning videos, as well as TV commercials. Diane was invited to be a co-host of a Hamilton based TV Show on CHCH where she was the co-host for 5 years.
Diane has been and will continue to be instrumental in all aspects of creative marketing and developing “go to market” concepts for UVend Group of Companies. Diane will also assist and oversee marketing budgets, and concept creation.
Sumit Gandhi - Sales / On Site Training
Sumit has a Business Management Degree from Niagara College with 20 years of Management experience in the Restaurant Industry. 13 years at an Italian Family Restaurant he started as a dish boy and working his way up as a Waiter to Head Baker and Manager. He joined Kelsey's Bar & Grill in 2008. Working for a Large corporate business he was challenged to learn how to Develop broader skills as a manager & leader. He started the learning process from the bottom up as a line/prep cook. By developing and learning what it takes to run a corporate business he helped open a new location as a Kitchen Manager.
Working in Restaurants Sumit has gained great experience in Event Planning & Marketing. He has learned great customer service skills and along the way enhanced experience in sales and marketing with his new focus as a sale manager at UVend Group of Companies. Sumit will assist with developing new business, working hand and hand with both independent operators and national accounts throughout Canada and Latin America. We offer on site training with every installation and our development Team managed by Sumit who will offer great customer service.
Sumit will be involved in the marketing and special events with our sporting partners, creating a solid “Go to Market” marketing initiative through actual events, social media and specialty competitions coast to coast.
Please feel free to email Sumit
Jamie Wilson - IT / Web Site Management
A Web Master since 2009, Jamie has built hundreds of sites in both Canada and the US for municipalities and businesses in the medical, transportation, entertainment, restaurant, and beauty fields. Jamie’s ability to both code and design websites that attract visitors is as exceptional as his ability to create user experiences that are functional. Visitors are strategically guided to the information, products, and most importantly the checkout, for sites with e-commerce functionality. Jamie has been working with HTML, WordPress, Joomla, Shopify, and more for several years and can design with your preferred platform.