Karyn Clark, Our newest member of the East Hill Creamery Team holds a special position. She is charged with finding new markets to sell our cheese, being our PR at events and working on our retail space that we hope to open this fall. As I met with her at the creamery, it was clear that she has much to offer our growing enterprise and it was exhilarating to hear about her past accomplishments that got her here.
A Perry native (high school class of 93!) Karyn has been a longtime member of the hospitality industry. She started out bartending at the Lumberyard and the Hole in the Wall Restaurants, and then relocated to Geneseo where she worked at Oak Hill for 8 years. With an aesthetics license, Karyn helped manage the salon, spa and Inn where she grew to manage events and functions. From there, she moved onto a boutique hotel in Rochester for 2 years in a management position.
Deciding that the country life and family were now higher priorities in her life, Karyn decided to move back to Perry. Her position at EHC is perfect for her in that is combines food service, retail and customer service all in one. Lately, she has been chipping in wherever needed, including helping wash the cheese wheels, making phone calls and taking samples to potential carriers of our products. She told me she enjoys environments such as the farmers market versus cold calling buyers because people are coming at you when you are trying to pitch your product, not starting from square one where a person may know nothing about you and you have to try that much harder to sell yourself and the cheese. It has been frustrating at times but it is a rewarding job as she enjoys spreading the good word about our cheese and introducing our product to new markets.
Karyn says she sees the enthusiasm from our local community about the creamery, and that she has received so much positive feedback from individuals wanting us to be a success. The perk of living in a small town and working at a local food enterprise is that you can directly see your effects in the community and feel a stronger response to our product.
Join us in welcoming Karyn to our team! Stop by the Perry Farmer’s Market to say “hello” and get your taste of BOTH of our cheeses-Underpass (Raclette style) and Silverlake (gruyere style).