That was our goal when we began creating our turducken products - we wanted to provide delicious, easy-to-prepare, and accessible foods to delight every taste bud that they meet. We wanted our products to be served with pride at the dinner table and to be shared and enjoyed by friends and families alike.
The Original Turducken Inc. began innocently enough – not knowing a lot about turduckens but (as “foodies”) having heard and being intrigued about them. With a product from a deli business partner who was selling turduckens in his store and on-line, we re-engineered, enhanced and revised our turducken recipe using sausage from Spolumbo’s and some proprietary spice blends to create a unique, savoury feast!
We expanded as a regional turducken supplier in Western Canada. We began selling our turduckens on a wider retail basis in 2010. After doing an initial taste test trial and getting overwhelmingly positive response versus competitive products we launched our full turduckens at 23 Calgary Co-op locations. Since then we’ve grown consistently every year.
In 2012 we set up production in Bettendorf, Iowa to meet increasing US demand and created the Echelon Foods brand name. We launched our totally boneless turducken roasts that same year. In late 2014 our latest and greatest culinary delight hit the market – a bacon-wrapped turducken roast (bacon inside and out!).
We now produce our turduckens and turducken roasts under the Echelon Foods brand in the United States and Canada and sell to retailers, distributors, foodservice companies and direct to consumers across North America.
The Echelon Foods brand is meant to convey the pride we take in the quality of our products – using high grade turkey, chicken and duck meat, great sausage from Paradise Locker Meats in Missouri and Spolumbo’s in Calgary and our proprietary spice blends and mixes. We offer a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do.
We love to hear from our customers so please contact us with any questions, suggestions or to share your turducken stories.
Brian Prokop Chairman and CEO/Director
Mr. Prokop has over 30 years of operational and financial experience in the oil and gas industry. Previously he was Co-Chief CEO and President of Argent Energy Trust, Vice President, Capital Markets of Daylight Energy Ltd. He served as Director, Institutional Equity Sales, and Energy Specialist at National Bank Financial establishing the Calgary Institutional Sales Desk, prior to which he served as Vice President, Oil and Gas Specialist, Institutional Equity Sales at Canaccord Capital Corporation, dealing with North American and European institutions with specific emphasis on energy companies and royalty trusts. Prior thereto, Mr. Prokop was a sell-side analyst providing Canadian and U.S. equity and income trust coverage, and macroeconomic industry analysis. Mr. Prokop has held executive technical and financial roles with Talisman Energy Inc. and Shell Canada Ltd. He holds a Bachelor of Science (Geological Engineering) from the University of Manitoba, a Master of Business administration from the University of Calgary, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. Mr. Prokop received the designation of a Professional Engineer in 1986.
Nagui Bihelek President/Director
Mr. Bihelek brings 30 years experience as a successful business owner and executive with experience in marketing, sales, operations, team leadership, engineering, logistics, quality and process improvement, training, management, financing, and human resources. As VP to a publicly traded company - Nomatterware Inc, Nagui directed the strategy to position them for a $200M investment to support a national expansion. Previously Mr. Bihelek grew his private company to the position of #1 importer and distributor of Video Multimedia solutions (Australia), establishing distribution to every major retailer and reached $5M in revenue in under 3 years, (260% growth per year). Captured 40% market share in that time and managed a team of 29 staff and contractors. Nagui has managed multiple projects from $500k up to $20 Million, the largest of these required resources spanning across several continents and over 100 people.
Mike Moser Director of Sales / Director
Mr. Moser has over 25 years experience leading, managing and selling consumer products to grocery, drug, mass merchandiser, home improvement, convenience and distributor trade channels in Canada and the US. Mike's entrepreneurial background includes starting 3 separate entrepreneurial ventures on top of corporate job responsibilities. From 2003 to 2007 grew a start up entrepreneurial company (Perfectly Natural Solutions/Pure Energy) selling eco-friendly products from 0 to $2 million in annual sales in 3 years, selling to retailers including Wal-Mart and Home Depot in Canada and the US. Held senior sales management positions in a variety of packaged goods and consumer goods companies, selling to all major retailer outlets in Canada and the US.
Jarrod Stanton Service and Internal Support / Director
Award winning business coach with the world's leading firm - ActionCOACH, Mr. Stanton has guided several dozen companies to significant growth, including the runner-up in the Fastest Growing Company Under 50 Employees at the 2012 North American Business Excellence Forum. A managing partner in four Calgary based companies. Jarrod has mentored and consulted with commercial service companies, retail stores, engineering and energy companies, restaurants and catering companies, and manufacturing companies. From 2007 - 2009, Jarrod served as a volunteer mentor with the Canadian Youth Business Foundation, helping to steer young business owners towards success.
Jeff Cebryk Director
Mr. Cebryk has 20 years of banking experience, currently Managing Director, Global Banking and Markets, Corporate Banking, at Scotiabank. In this role, Mr. Cebryk provides financing to larger oil and gas producers, pipeline and fertilizer companies. His experience includes revolving and non-revolving credits, acquisition financing, bridge credits, leading large syndicated credit facilities as well as arranging uniquely structured financings in South America, Caribbean and other jurisdictions. In addition to his banking role, from June, 2006 until the company was sold in February, 2008; Mr. Cebryk was a founder of Spear Exploration Inc., a highly successful private oil and gas company; he also served as CFO and was on the Board of Directors.
Emma Gutsche Office Manager
Emma has worked 5 years as an Assistant Accountant prior to joining the Echelon Foods team. She has worked with diverse accounting cycles of various clients as well as training with accounting programs. She graduated in Scotland and moved back to Canada to acquire her Payroll Compliance Practitioner Certificate and Accounting and Payroll Administrator Diploma.