Our Team

MJ Distribution is family-owned and operated, based in Baltimore, Maryland and serving customers around the globe. Our Team includes:

Chip Smith


Chip Smith is the fifth generation of Smiths to enter into the family food ingredient business. After years of teaching in California, Chip joined the company in 2005 with the goal of expanding the companies’ ingredient portfolio. Chip leads MJ’s sales and management efforts with a focus on sweeteners. A native of Baltimore, Chip attended the University of Maryland at College Park where he received a bachelors degree in American Literature.

Robin Fernald

Sales & Operations

Robin joined MJ Distribution in 2007. He enjoys the challenges and variety that come with operations of an ingredient distribution company. Years of providing solutions to customers sourcing and supply issues has given him a strong understanding of the logistical, financial, and scientific components involved in food industry procurement. Robin has a masters degree in Supply Chain Management from Towson University.

Susan Ladner

Purchase Order Coordinator

Susan has been with our company for over 34 years. A lot has changed in the industry over that time, but not her dedication to our customers. Susan spends most of her time working with purchasing agents coordinating the delivery of the products they need when they need them. A Baltimore native, she enthusiastically roots for the Orioles and Ravens throughout the year.

Michael Aylward

Inventory and Warehouse Management

A product of Cleveland, Ohio, Michael found his way to Baltimore in 1998 and has been here ever since. The newest member of the team, he joined MJ Distribution in 2014. Michael’s exceptional attention to detail keeps product flowing into and out of our warehouses smoothly. In his spare time he enjoys exploring the East Coast, with trips to Washington, D.C., New York City and Philadelphia.