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.
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.
Amy Head Chef
Peggy Wheeler Vice President, Public Relations and Sales
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.
Callie Marketing, Purchasing, Design and Social Media.
Callie is a Bellarmine graduate that majored in Communications and Design. Her favorite part of her job is getting to use her creativity and graphic art in public relations and marketing. She is passionate about making sure our customers are cared for in every way possible and bringing new ideas to the table to help us stand out from the competition. In addition to her graphic art, she enjoys traditional artwork and videography. She also enjoys spending time with her two cats and playing video games.
Kevin Warehouse and Inventory Management
Kevin is in charge of making sure our warehouse is clean and organized. He keeps track of our inventory, ensures quality and oversees all customer orders are fulfilled properly. Kevin is always busy keeping things clean and well-maintained, making our service standards achievable.
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.
Chad Route Manager/Supervisor
With over 16 years experience in catering and concessions, we were very excited to welcome Chad aboard 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.
Richard Purchasing Assistant and Route Manager
Richard is our Jack-of-all-trades. He has remarkable customer service skills and takes pride in his work. Every location is handled with care and he takes as much time as needed to ensure customers are happy and to listen to their feedback. Back at the office, Richard handles purchasing and ordering ensuring that every customer has what they need. Outside of work, Richard enjoys performing and spending time with his wife and son. He sings, plays guitar and plays drums.
Eric Maintenance/Service Technician
Eric is our on-call maintenance technician. Choosing Derby City, you get full machine service whenever it's needed. When there is an issue or problem with one of your machines, Eric will be on his way to solve the problem within the hour.
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