Chairman of the Board / Founder
Jim was born and raised in Northwest Indiana. After a parochial school education, he attended and graduated from Northeast Missouri State College in 1969, with a degree in Business Administration. After holding several management and sales positions with both large and small companies, Jim decided to establish this distributing company in 1984. He started with one product line, and an exclusive agreement with Natural Balance for 4 states. From there, the business has grown to represent 338 lines, and 9062 products. Jim is still in the office every day, if not attending industry functions. He is passionate about the natural products industry and helping health food retailers grow their businesses. Outside of the business, Jim's passion is for fishing and watching his grandchildren grow.
Ambassador / Secretary - Treasurer
Debbie grew up on a farm in Southeast Iowa. She met Jim in college at Northeast Missouri State in 1968. They were married when Jim graduated in 1969. Their first home was in Cleveland, OH, where Steve was born. After 2 years there, they moved to Northwest Indiana, where they have lived for 35+ years. Daughter Sally was born in Hammond, IN in 1971. Debbie has worked in banking and sales before Palko Distributing Co., Inc. was founded in 1984. As the business grew, she helped with billing, packing orders, hiring employees, etc. Currently Debbie is partially retired, responsible for international business for Palko's, and for re-activating dormant accounts. You can meet Debbie at all NPA shows and both Expo's in the natural products industry. Her personal interests include reading, sewing, traveling, and playing with her grandchildren. But her love for the business shows in her great customer service and enjoyment of all of Palko's great customers.
President / Chief Financial Officer
Steve grew up in the Natural Products industry. Palko Services started when he was just 14 years old. Steve answered incoming phone calls and packed shipments after school in the beginning. He attended Purdue University and worked packing orders during summer breaks. After college Steve worked as a sales rep and has moved all the way up to his current position as CFO. Steve also currently serves on the NPA Midwest Board. Steve married his beautiful wife Michelle in June of 2009. Together they had a son Stone Joseph Palko on September 22, 2010. Michelle now works as our QC manager and heads up our HR as well. Stone keeps Steve busy while not at work. Steve enjoys the great outdoors (camping, fishing, hiking) and is very competitive (golf, softball, volleyball, and racquetball). He is a Huge Chicago Blackhawks fan as well as the Bears and White Sox. Steve's passion is on the marketing & artwork side of the business but enjoys the "numbers" and learning from his father. Steve hopes one day to be able to run the company as well dad does and teach his own son the business of distributing natural products.
National Sales Manager
Sally Jo was 12 years old when her dad started his new venture, it was an exciting time for the family. Finally, dad would be the boss, after being a salesman, his whole life. Sally soon learned what he had gotten their family into. She remembers in the beginning (1984) when dad's new industry friends would visit, some had very unusual beliefs (at least in her naïve eyes, a Midwest Indiana girl, who'd never met people from California). She was awe struck by their crystals, and color therapy. The people she met were herbalists & homeopaths, others had pendulums, some read your eyes, and they all had a remedy for everything... she didn't know what to think.
Almost immediately she realized not to tell her dad when she was feeling ill. Jim suddenly turned into the remedy master. If she mentioned she had a sore throat, he would relentlessly come at her with that horrible "Cyclone Cider". If she had the sniffles he would make her take yucky Echinacea, or Oregano Oil. Little did she know then, that she would do the same to her own kids when they don't feel well. The difference is, that her kids don't know any different growing up with a Natural products mom. As a matter of fact her kids are already sharing what they know with their peers. Sally is thrilled to be a part of this industry and she forgives her dad for all the Yucky Stuff he had her try. She has even found a liking for hot herbs like the Congestion & Sinus Blaster from L.A. Naturals which is far hotter than Cyclone Cider that she complained about. Sally is proud to be a part of this wonderful company and committed to our industry. She'd like to take a minute to thank everyone for supporting the Family business and she wants you to know that the Palko Family appreciates the friendships we have developed over the past 30 years servicing this amazing industry.