Doug is the founder and CEO of Derby City Vending. He was born and raised in Louisville, making this the perfect place to establish his own business. Mr. Wheeler started his first vending route in 1971 with just himself and a truck. We have come a long way since then! Despite the company’s growth and success over the years, Doug has been careful to maintain the same family atmosphere and small-business values Derby City Vending was built on. He is always looking out for his customers and employees first and himself second. Doug’s desire for Derby City Vending to offer fresh, healthy food with fast, friendly service and quality equipment has garnered him the reputation of being one of the most respected and well-liked business owners in the entire region. During the past 44 years of leading a successful locally-owned vending company, Doug has always felt it important to stay involved in the local community as well. His roles have included, but are not limited to: Board of Director’s Experience: Vice President Vendor’s Association 4 years Kentucky Derby Festival Board 10 years Executive Board Derby Festival 2 years Kentucky Worker’s Comp Board 6 years Secretary Vendor’s Association 2 years Treasurer Vendor’s Association 2 years Nomination Committee Kentucky Derby 1 year Community Association Experience: Kentucky Derby Pegasus Parade Chairman 4 years Production Chairman Pegasus Parade 4 years President, HOA in Bison Ranch, AZ Present Vice President, HOA in Bison Ranch, AZ 1 year Philadelphia Bi Centennial Asst. Production Chairman 1 year Chaired Various Events for Kentucky Derby Festival: Balloon Race, Steamboat Race, Mini Marathon, Bed Race, etc.
Kim Money Room
Kim, an Anna, IL native, moved to Louisville when her husband’s job transferred them and she came on at Derby City Vending shortly thereafter. She is extremely organized and meticulous so Kim is a perfect fit to oversee our money room. She loves working for a small, locally-owned company where everyone is nice and friendly and genuinely enjoys what they’re doing. In her free time, Kim loves spending time with her husband and their dog, traveling and going to concerts.
Maraya is originally from Wilmington, NC but moved to Louisville in 2017. She is excited to be in the bluegrass state and learn more about the vending industry. As a controller she is more of a behind the scenes person. She stays on task to make sure that the business is taken care of and that all of our accounts are given the nice quality food, snacks, and drinks that they need. In Maraya's free time, she likes to be outdoors, read books, and likes to take time to explore her new city!
Markeba Deli Team Member
Markeba is originally from Detroit, MI but decided that Louisville was the place for her. She did not go to school here in Louisville; she graduated from the Pennsylvania Culinary Art School and has been a Chef for over 17 years! She has such a passion for feeding people and works hard with her fellow Team Members to create amazing meals for all of our Accounts. Outside of work, Markeba loves laughing, singing, and being around glitter! Lots and lots of glitter!
Eric Route Manager
Eric joined our team with over 10 years of knowledge in the food industry. With this knowledge, he has helped our accounts by bringing a good variety of food to them. He is very observant and very passionate about his role here at Derby City Vending and it does not go unnoticed! Outside of work, Eric loves being outdoors. Biking and rock climbing are just a few of his favorite things to do.
Tim Route Manager
That is right! We have our very own Tim Allen and we are never letting him go! Tim just recently moved back to Kentucky after living in Tennessee for two years. Tim has been a crucial member of our team with his outstanding customer service and always smiling face! We know that as soon as Tim walks through the door, we can count on a smile! We know our every single account he is visits is getting the same treatment.
Peggy Wheeler Vice President, Sales and Public Relations
Peggy graduated from the University of Louisville with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis on Graphic Design. Her eye for detail and creativity took her to Derby City Litho where she worked for 6 years in their sales division. In 1994, she began working for Derby City Vending as a Sales Representative and, after a short time, became Vice President of Public Relations and Sales. It didn’t take long for her to realize a need for wellness in the workplace and she began developing ways for her company to partner with its accounts to help improve the healthiness of their employees. Over the past 20 years that she has been with Derby City Vending, Peggy has seen her goal of promoting the health and wellness of her own employees, as well as the employees of countless businesses all across the Louisville and Indiana region, take shape. From providing fresh, healthy food to accounts on a daily basis, to coordinating health fairs, lunch and learns and chef demonstrations, to developing a nutritionally-balanced, 400 calories-or-less “Stay Fit” menu, Derby City Vending has been a pioneer in an industry that otherwise disregards the health and wellness of its customers. When she is not working hard on behalf of Derby City Vending, Peggy enjoys horseback riding and traveling out west.
Cassie Administrative Assistant
Cassie is a Louisville native and loves this great city! She has been such a great addition to the Derby City Vending team. She has amazing customer service and loves to help everyone in the office stay organized. If you ever call and need something, Cassie will surely help you out! We love Cassie's outgoing personality and her passion for this company. Outside of work, Cassie loves to spend time with her husband and son and travel to see her family.
Lucas Executive Chef
Lucas is our Executive Chef overseeing all of our services from vending to catering. He knows great food and plans great menus to prove it. With his knowledge and creativity, we have been able to expand our vending menu past fresh food to include more variety, provide more specials, and expand our healthy fresh vending options. We love having Lucas as a part of our Derby City Vending family and cannot wait to see and eat all of his amazing creations!
Brad Warehouse Manager
Brad is the Warehouse Manager at Derby City Vending; however, he’s really more of a jack-of-all-trades. If something needs to get done, you can always count on Brad to step in to get the job done! We are thrilled to have as a part of our team. In his free time, Brad likes working out and spending time with his family.
Mike Maintenance Technician
Mike Quintin has been a wonderful addition to the Derby City Vending Maintenance Team. Mike is constantly offering a wealth of information and lending his expertise to ensure that potential issues are resolved before they ever happen and that every customer is well taken care of. Mike is extremely personable, hardworking and can always be found with a smile on his face! Outside of vending, Mike enjoys cooking and working on cars.
Jim Route Manager
Jim joins us from several years experience in the food industry with many years managerial experience.. He is customer focused and strives to make each encounter enjoyable for our account contacts. Jim is also a great asset to our route management team, because of his positive attitude and willingness to help! Jim also has his pilot license and loves being able to see the world from a higher ground.
Todd Wheeler Chief Operations Officer
Todd was born and raised here in Louisville and he was destined to be in the vending business! He grew up with Derby City Vending and loves that he gets to be a part of the family business. Todd developed a passion for food while attending Sullivan University where he studied culinary arts. He went on to spend many years as the general manager of multiple prestigious restaurants in the Louisville area before taking his role as a leader in the Derby City kitchen and catering department. These days Todd wears many hats at Derby City Vending and can always be found working hard right along-side his employees. You can always count on him to do whatever it takes to get the job done! Todd’s vast knowledge of food and his humble leadership make him uniquely qualified to oversee all the daily operations here at Derby City Vending. When asked, Todd says that his favorite part of working here is the meaningful relationships he is able to build with both employees and customers, and the constant challenge to make DCV a better company today than it was yesterday. When he’s not working, Todd enjoys spending time with his kids, traveling, bike riding through Kentuckiana and attending UofL sporting events.
Jordan Marketing and PR
Jordan was born and raised in Louisville and never wants to leave! Jordan has joined the Derby City Vending team to help with our Marketing and Public Relations. She will be keeping us up to date on our social media pages, as well as keeping in touch with all of our existing accounts to ensure that we are providing the best experience we can for our customers. She is motivated and enthusiastic about being at Derby City Vending. In her free time, Jordan enjoys being outdoor with her dog and exploring Kentucky's beauty.
Tabatha Deli Team Member
Tabatha has played an important role in our deli as our quality control member. She works with our Chef’s to ensure our the freshest food is being sent to our accounts. With a background in culinary arts from Sullivan and several professional deli experiences ranging over five years, she brings a sharp eye to our food services.
Roy Team Leader
As one of our Team Leaders, Roy has created a strong group dynamic with our route managers. He was a general manager for several years before coming to Derby City Vending and he also has served as a firefighter for 28 years. His favorite part about working with DCV is his daily interaction with customers on his route. When he isn’t at work, Roy enjoys spending time with his wife and grandchildren.
Chad Route Manager
With over 16 years experience in catering and concessions, we were very excited to welcome Chad aboard on our Derby City Vending Team. Chad's love for this industry and excellent customer service combined with his outgoing personality makes him a great member of our team! Outside of work, Chad likes to go to his second home in Key West as often as he can and spend time with his wife.
Kevan Route Manager
Kevan is Route Manager that does it all. We know that if we need something from him, he is sure to help. With his great sense of humor and outgoing personality, we know that he is bringing joy to every member of our accounts. His dedication to this job and his hard work ethic, we have loved having Kevan as a apart of our Derby City Vending family. Outside of work, Kevan likes to play golf as much as possible.
OUR MISSION TO OUR CUSTOMERS is to provide a professional, dependable and friendly service that enhances our customers’ operations, allowing them to be professionals in their own field. Our focus is to bring delicious, homemade food to our customers each and every day. For more than 44 years companies of all sizes have trusted Derby City to supply the very best service and products in the industry at the regions most competitive prices. Our management philosophy is to provide a professional, dependable and friendly service that enhances the operation of our customers, allowing them to be professionals in their own field. Learn More About Us Here