John R. “Rick” Aleman founded Selrico Services, Inc. in 1989 in San Antonio, Texas, with six employees, a vision, and a strong determination to succeed. By 2003, Selrico was supporting the country’s efforts in the international war on terrorism with service contracts in Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan, Jordan and Bahrain. Selrico was on the ground in Iraq in 2003 building Camp Bob Hope, the largest dining facility in the country. Just seven years later, Selrico was working in 15 U.S. and international locations by providing food, construction, facilities maintenance, operations and maintenance, and other infrastructure support services to the public and private sectors.
Rick has over thirty years of successful business operations, management, finance, procurement, human resources and client relations experience. He possesses an excellent reputation with Federal and State government entities and private sector businesses alike and has a broad and deep knowledge of Federal and State procurement. His commitment to quality management practices is demonstrated by his company’s ISO 9001:2008 certification. Rick continues to guide his ethnically diverse company by providing strategic leadership and direction with the goal of ensuring growth, development, competitiveness and viability.
Prior to establishing Selrico Services, Inc., Rick served in the United States Army and held the position of Food Service Director at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana where he was responsible for all aspects of food operation for 15,000 students. His background also includes the management of daily food and catering services for Stop n Go and 7 Eleven stores throughout Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas. He graduated from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas with a BBA in Accounting and recognition as a Distinguished Graduate, and also earned a degree in Culinary Arts from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.
One of Rick’s proudest achievements is that his children have followed in his entrepreneurial footsteps. His son Richie formed Ashby Services, Ltd. in 2005 and has won Federal and local contracts, and his daughter Selena started Adelaide Services, LLC in 2010 and has already won her first State contract.
Rick’s many achievements include certification as a Food Product Service Professional, designation by Inc. Magazine’s Hall of Fame for Top 100 Fastest Growing Inner City Companies, a seat on the Board of Directors for Holy Cross High School in San Antonio, certification for Professional Leadership and Development, and Military Recognition and Certification for Quality Product Delivery and Services. He is a member of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce. His achievements also include leading Selrico Services, Inc. through the Small Business Administration 8(a) minority business program. As a successful graduate of the program, Selrico now mentors and teams with emerging minority firms.
Christina R. Aleman (Vice President of Marketing/Business Development) – Christina joined the Accounting and Administration team at Selrico Services in August of 2002. She quickly demonstrated her ability to enhance the organization’s marketing and development efforts and was moved to the Business Development department. Christina was integral in the development of new marketing materials, website development, and branding efforts for Selrico. Her efforts have driven significant business opportunities and she has managed the proposal team since 2007. Led by Christina, the Business Development’s team efforts has secured over $27 million in new business for Selrico since that time.
Registered Dietician and Registered Dietician Nutritionist Rachel Bland joined the Selrico team in 2015 and has been heading up three of our largest feeding programs, all operated by the City of San Antonio (COSA;) Pre-K 4 SA and the COSA Senior Nutrition Program and COSA Summer Lunch Program. These three programs alone add up to more than 7,000 meals a day.
Rachel oversees the menu development and nutritional guidelines distinctive to each age group. She also executes nutrition education programs for seniors and kindergarteners, focusing on the importance of farm to fork and understanding what components are needed for a healthy lifestyle.
Rachel is a 2012 Summa Cum Laude graduate of Texas State University, where she remained on the Dean’s list for eight semesters while earning her Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences.
Lorraine J. “Lori” Gonzalez, CPA, CGMA (Chief Financial Officer) – Lori is Selrico’s CFO and a highly experienced member of the team. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA). Her background includes more than fifteen years of experience in government contracting as well as more than fifteen years of experience in public accounting. Before coming to Selrico, Lori worked at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Harris Corporation, and The Hanke Group, P.C.. Lori is the owner of her registered CPA firm; she is a member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants (TSCPA), San Antonio CPA Society, American Business Women’s Association, National Association of Professional Women, and American MENSA. Lori earned her BBA in Accounting from the University of Texas at San Antonio.
Jo joined Selrico Services in 2009 and currently serves as a Project Manager. She is a dedicated team member who oversees the day-to-day operations and administration of the San Antonio Branch Libraries’ Custodial Services, TXDOT’s Custodial Services, and San Antonio La Villita’s Custodial Contract. Jo’s background includes management and production positions with established and successful organizations, and she is well-known for her integrity and thoroughness. She received her education from San Antonio College.
Ray Boazeman is the Director of Senior Nutrition Services and Food Production Operations at Selrico Services’ Central Kitchen. He directs the production of over 7,000 meals daily, year round for various clients, including the City of San Antonio Senior Comprehensive Nutrition Program, the Pre-K 4 SA Program, and the Summer Food Service Program. Under his direction, these programs have exceeded the requirements and guidelines for quality and nutrition mandated by the City of San Antonio, The Texas Diabetes Institute, the State of Texas and US Departments of Agriculture. Under his direction, his dedicated staff shows teamwork to ensure that from start to finish, no senior or child participating in these programs will be dissatisfied with the quality of their meals. As the Plant Manager, Ray is responsible for the overall operations of the Company’s Central Kitchen and ensures all plant operations comply with state and federal regulations.
Mike is at the heart of Selrico’s procurements systems, responsible for over $5 million in purchases annually, Mike controls the proper ordering, receiving, storing and distribution of all food and packaging items necessary for the proper production, storage, and delivery of all meals produced from the Central Production Kitchen. In addition to procurement for the Central Kitchen, Mike oversees all of Selrico’s purchasing activities for all contracts. Mike is an avid Dallas Cowboys fan and his hobbies include fishing and hunting.
James Gonzaba is currently the Food/Beverage Director for City Public Service
James Was the General Manager for Panchito’s Restaurant from 1999 to 2003 and became its District Manager from 2003-2005. His responsibilities included the operational and financial management of the restaurant, overseeing employees, and planning and managing all the dining and catering services.
From 2004 to present, James was assigned as the quality assurance and public liaison to the senior Nutrition Program for Selrico Services, ensuring the satisfaction of over 4,000 senior citizens.
As part of our emergency response team, James was assigned to oversee a three (3) million dollar operation during hurricane Katrina and Rita. Feeding and providing shelter and accommodations to over 1000 people of the cities affected by the hurricanes.
Lori has been with Selrico since 2013 and as the company’s controller, she manages the balance sheet. She makes sure everyone gets paid and that Selrico gets their money!
This is her first job working in the food service and janitorial industry, her past includes real estate and property management.
Lori was born in California but got to Texas by marrying a Texan. We did tell her that we accept people from other states without having to marry, but her decision was made.
Lori loves her job at Selrico because every day has new challenges and opportunities
Project Manager David Taylor joined Selrico in 2013 and currently oversees the day-to-day operation of feeding the 200 Coasties serving in the United States Coast Guard that are stationed in San Diego, California. He grew up in Maine and is an avid New England Patriots fan. In his spare time, he enjoys all kinds of sports, traveling with his wife and spending time with his 11 grandchildren! Taylor is a graduate of Baptist Bible College of Pennsylvania, has worked in the food service industry since 1992 and honorably served our nation as a United States Marine.
Jennifer Sierra was born and raised in San Antonio, TX. She attended college at the University of Denver in Denver, Co. Her professional experience includes working for the U.S. Government, in the oil and gas industry, Early Childhood Education, and information technology.
Sierra began gardening as a young child with her parents who were both avid gardeners. She has experience gardening in unique places and climates including Colorado, Texas, and Virginia. She became a certified master gardener by completing 50 hours of training, more than 50 volunteer hours, and more than 6 Continuing Education units.
Sierra currently assists all Pre-K 4 SA locations and Healy Murphy Early Childhood Education Center with establishing and maintaining their on-site community gardens.
Our super star Alamodome Project Manager.
Lawrence has been overseeing all of the janitorial services since June of 2016 which includes
• 65,427 seat stadium
• 160,000 square feet of meeting space
• 600 toilets!
Lawrence has also worked in Selrico’s Disaster Relief Division. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, he was oversaw the management and construction of Selrico facilities:
• Food production
• Storage and serving
• Housing units for Selrico employees
Lawrence managed the day-to-day food service operations which supplied 7,000 meals per day.
Lawrence is from San Antonio and is a certified EMT and Level III Corporal Security Officer, which means he is licensed to carry pepper spray and a Taser, but we are certain that has no bearing on his employees always showing up for work on time.
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