Mert Leeman Announces Retirement After 47 Years

August 27th, 2021
Lehigh Acres, FL

Mert Leeman started his career working in the warehouse of Stan’s Coffee in 1978, after moving to Florida from Wisconsin. He quickly moved his way up to delivery driver and finally to sales where he became the most productive and profitable salesman in the company.

Mert Leeman is retiring from Stan’s Coffee Service as of August 27, 2021, after 43 years of excellent service in the communities of Fort Myers, Fort Myers Beach, Sanibel, Cape Coral and Pine island.

“Mert is passionate about his customers like no one I have seen,” said Bob Payne, President of Stan’s coffee, “That is truly the reason he has been so successful, he is a real legend in the restaurant community.” Mert is also known for his commitment to the District 9 Little league where he was involved for over 25 years and president for over 12, his love for the Chicago Bears and the Florida Gators, as he is a season ticket holder. Mert will be retiring in the Orlando area to be closer to family and grandchildren.

We’d like to graciously thank Mert for all the years of his dedication to us and our surrounding communities. Stan’s Coffee would not be the same without his passion and drive and he will be dearly missed. As with everything in life Mert has been a part of, we know retirement will be yet another exciting adventure. Thank you again Mert, and enjoy the world’s longest coffee break – retirement.

Stan’s Coffee Wins 2020 Gulfshore Business Best Coffee Company

Stan’s Coffee and Food Service is the proud recipient of the Gulfshore Business’ 2020 Best Vendor/Coffee Company award!

See the full issue here and see Stan’s on page 70

 

Bonita Blues Festival 2020

Stan’s Coffee is once again honored to participate in the Bonita Blues Festival of 2020 on March 13th and 14th at Riverside Park in Bonita Springs, FL.

Since 2006, The Bonita Blues Charitable Foundation has been dedicated to producing one of Florida’s finest blues festivals and has donated over $308,000.00 of our net proceeds to local charities in the Southwest Florida area.

The 14th annual festival will be held in Bonita Springs most admired live musical and event venue; Riverside Park on March 13th & 14th, 2020.  The 2 day event will feature 12 regional, and international blues bands.

Year after year the awareness continues to grow along with the number of attendees that come not only from the Bonita Springs area, but from the entire country and some from outside the U.S.A.

The 100% volunteer driven foundation and Festival committee are solely dedicated to producing the finest annual blues festival in all of Southwest Florida, while donating 100% of the net proceeds to charities.

The 2020 charity benefactors will be; Music for Minors Foundation, The Music Therapy Program at the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, and The Bonita Springs Assistance Office. All of these charities ore entirely funded through philanthropic contributions such as The Bonito Blues Charitable Foundation. The Music For Minors Foundation works closely with string orchestra and band teachers to identify qualified students who sincerely desire to make music a port of their lives but lack the financial backing to purchase an instrument.

The Music Therapy Program helps thousands of children and adolescents each year manage pain, express emotions, improve coping skills, and experience less stress and decrease pain and anxiety during medical procedures. For over 25 years, the Bonito Springs Assistance Office has served as the primary social service agency in Bonita Springs, helping residents at a time of crisis. They offer services such as a food pantry, clothing, school supplies, medications, dental needs, and life skills counseling.
To date,  over $308,000.00 has been donated.

Stan’s Coffee Joins Hoffmann Family of Companies

The Hoffmann Family Of Companies has acquired Stan’s Coffee and Food Service which was established in 1955 as a family business. In addition to selling coffee and related products, the company warehouses and sells a variety of dry grocery items to the food service industry. 

Stan’s Coffee and Food Service is a member of the UniPro Foodservice group of independent distributors in the US and operates out of its newly rebuilt 35,000 square foot facility in Lehigh Acres, FL. The company with its 31 full time employees service customers located primarily in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Manatee, and Sarasota counties. 

“As President of Stan’s Coffee and Food service, I am very excited for Stan’s to join the Hoffmann Family of Companies in the hospitality and entertainment arena. After meeting David Hoffmann and his team, I found we have the same values for our employees as well as our customers. We share many synergies and visions for Southwest Florida. I am most impressed with the progressive ideas and plans that the Hoffmanns are pursuing. I look forward to a long successful business relationship with David and his team,” states Bob Payne.

The Hoffmanns are the largest commercial real estate owners in Naples with 30+ properties valued at almost $500 million and have purchased over 20 operating businesses that employ more than 1,100 people in Southwest Florida.

“With over half a century of success, Stan’s Coffee and Food Service is a fantastic addition to the Hoffmann Family of Companies and a great fit for many of our hospitality companies. We’ll make Stan’s Coffee available at Hertz Arena and many other businesses locally and nationwide,” states David Hoffmann, chairman of Hoffmann Family of Companies. 

Stan’s Returns to the Bonita Blues Festival

Last weekend, Stan’s Coffee and Food Service was delighted to participate once again in the annual Bonita Blues Festival! A few of Stan’s employees dedicated their time on Friday and Saturday to help sell Stan’s products including coffee, cappuccino, smoothies, and other beverages in order to raise money for the event’s three charity benefactors– Music for Minors Foundation, The Music Therapy Program at the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, and the Bonita Springs Assistant Office.

People attending the festival were very excited to see that Stan’s had returned again this year and loved being able to enjoy our coffee and smoothies as they listened to the music.

We are excited to donate 100% of our earnings from the festival to the charities involved.  Stan’s will be making a donation in the amount of $1,400 to those foundations.  If you would like more information on the Bonita Blues Festival or you would like to donate to any of these charities, feel free to visit http://www.bonitablues.com/ .

Stan’s New Look

To our valued customers and suppliers,

We are pleased to share with you an exciting change happening at Stan’s Coffee & Food Service. We are currently in the process of updating our trucks, invoices, packaging, business cards and other materials with our newly designed logo. You will notice these changes within the next few months and we hope you enjoy our new look!

Throughout this process, we will continue to provide you with the highest quality service possible. We are also expanding into the fast growing social media world, and now have a business page on Facebook. This page will help us communicate even more efficiently with our customers, and will serve as the perfect place to share news and upcoming events at Stan’s.

Your business is extremely important to us and we look forward to working with all of you as we grow and make some exciting transitions into the new look of Stan’s Coffee & Food Service.

You can find us on Facebook and “like” our page at https://www.facebook.com/stanscoffee.