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Guillermo Martinez joins Kingdom Fresh Farms management team
Kingdom Fresh Farms, based in Donna, TX, announced Guillermo (Willy) Martinez as the newest member of its management team on Nov. 24. He will assume his new position as general manager on Dec. 1 and will report to Chief Executive Officer Alberto Gonzalez. Before joining Kingdom Fresh Farms, Martinez worked in a variety of management and supervisory roles in the produce and retail industry, serving most recently as a general manager for Del Campo Supreme. He also... Read more
The United Fresh Produce Association has hired Mary Coppola as its senior director of marketing communications, effective Nov. 24. Coppola will lead the association’s member communications and marketing functions, filling the position formerly held by Ray Gilmer. Coppola was most recently director of marketing and creative services at the Healthcare Distribution Management Association based in Arlington, VA, where she oversaw communication and marketing functions... Read more
Whole Foods names Bill Jordan its Rocky Mountain region president
Whole Foods Market has named Bill Jordan its president of the Rocky Mountain region, effective immediately. “Bill has been an incredible asset to Whole Foods Market for many years, and we’re so glad that he is now leading our Rocky Mountain region,” David Lannon, executive vice president of operations at Whole Foods Market, said in a press release. “He’s the embodiment of everything a Whole Foods Market team member should be, and we know he’ll do a great job growing... Read more
Gabe Reyes joins Awe Sum Organics
Santa Cruz, CA-based Awe Sum Organics announced the addition of Gabe Reyes to its team. In his newly created role as financial controller, Reyes will manage all accounting and financial activities, and develop procedures to position Awe Sum for continued growth. “I’ve worked in organics for years and look forward to getting back into the organic industry,” Reyes said in a company press release. “I’m excited to be a part of the Awe Sum team as we continue to grow... Read more
Holtzinger Fruit Co. hires Paul Montmeny
Yakima, WA-based Holtzinger Fruit Co. recently welcomed retail and produce sales veteran Paul Montmeny to its team as sales manager. Montmeny brings over 25 years of experience in the apple/berry industry to Holtzinger. He has a diverse background of experience in marketing and selling apples, with successes in international and domestic program development. “Paul approaches the marketing of Washington state apples with a sense of urgency and intensity that is... Read more
Gourmet Trading hires Paul Mortanian
Gourmet Trading Co., a year-round distributor of fresh asparagus and blueberries, has hired Paul Mortanian as its newest salesperson. “Paul’s drive and enthusiasm make him an excellent addition to our team here at Gourmet Trading Co.," Kristen Francisco, Gourmet Trading Co.'s vice president of sales and marketing, said in a press release. "His background in operations makes him a well-rounded employee who fully understands the business.” Mortanian grew up in the... Read more
Full Tilt Marketing, based in Cedarburg, WI, announced the hire of Kristin Ziegelbauer as a marketing assistant. In her new role, Ziegelbauer will coordinate marketing projects, assist and develop social media campaigns and capture new digital technologies including video to enhance engagement. “Kristin is fresh out of college and brings a youthful vision,” said Melinda Goodman, managing partner at Full Tilt Marketing. “With a videography and social media background,... Read more
Columbia Marketing International announced the appointment of Shane Marston to the sales team, effective Nov. 10. Marston has accumulated over 20 years of experience in the produce industry specializing in retail, management, buying, and most recently selling produce. As the director of sales for the progressive produce NW Division, Shane handled over 70 percent of yearly sales. Prior to Progressive Produce, Marston was the produce director for Unified Grocers... Read more
Pear Bureau Northwest hires Kathy Stephenson as marketing communications director
Pear Bureau Northwest has hired Kathy Stephenson as the company's marketing communications director. Stephenson brings over 25 years of food experience in marketing communications and product development to the Pear Bureau Northwest team. Most recently, she provided marketing and advertising management support to her food clients, including Oregon Fruit Products LLC and Brucepac Inc. Her marketing experience stretches across consumer, trade and foodservice segments... Read more
Agriculture Secretary Tom J. Vilsack has appointed six members to serve the National Mango Board. The appointees include four new members and two returning members, who will serve three-year terms beginning Jan. 1 and ending Dec. 31, 2017. The new board members are domestic producer Philip W. Barton of Pescadero, CA, along with importers Greg Golden of Mullica, NJ, Michael Shawn Allen of Sugar Land, TX, and Joella Shiba of San Diego, CA. Also appointed were foreign... Read more
Generation Next: Energized work environment just the ticket for Ben B. Schwartz’s Billmeyer
If the fresh produce industry and the stock market have anything in common, it’s Drew Billmeyer, part of the third generation of family members spearheading operations at Ben B. Schwartz & Sons Inc. in Detroit. After more than a century in the fresh produce business, the work environment at the company has just the right balance of a work-hard, play-hard philosophy to keep things interesting. Ben B. Schwartz is located in the Detroit Produce Terminal and moves... Read more
Monterey, CA-based PRO*ACT, a distributor of fresh produce, announced the promotion of Casey Jarrard and addition of Russ Wingo as vice presidents of client development, a new department for the national produce supply-chain management company. Led by Jarrard and Wingo, the new department will work with key members of the senior management team, along with PRO*ACT’s national network of produce distributors, to drive sales via the creation and management of strategic... Read more
West Coast Distributing, headquartered in Boston, hired Erica Fasanelli as a sales assistant. In her new role at West Coast, Fasanelli is responsible for assisting the sales team with orders. Prior to joining the company, she worked for a nursery and daycare center for two years. This is her first job within the produce industry. Fasanelli currently resides in Malden, MA. Outside of work, she enjoys going to live shows and concerts, as well as watching movies. To... Read more
Crunch Pak adds Jenni James as business analyst
Crunch Pak, a supplier of fresh sliced apples based in Cashmere, WA, announced the hire of Jenni James as its new business analyst. James comes to Crunch Pak with a wealth of analytic experience. Prior to joining the company, she spent the last few years as a professor of agribusiness at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA, where she taught classes as well as managed custom research projects. Before that, she was an assistant professor... Read more
Rio Rico, AZ-based Chucho Produce recently added Omar Sanchez to its sales team. Sanchez has been in the produce industry for seven years. Prior to joining Chucho Produce, he worked for Sandia Distributors. Sanchez resides in Nogales, AZ. Outside of work, he enjoys playing racquetball and basketball, as well as road biking. To announce personnel changes at your company, please contact Assistant Editor Maggie Giuffrida at 201/986-7990, ext. 110 or giuffrida@theproducenews.com.... Read more
Dennis Moleta joins Interrupcion
Brooklyn, NY-based Interrupcion recently announced the hire of Dennis Moleta as senior business development manager, effective Oct. 1. In his new position, Moleta will be responsible for spearheading sales to new clients throughout North America. He will also launch marketing programs for key retail accounts for the company’s entire product line. Moleta brings over 20 years of sales and marketing experience in the produce industry to Interrupcion. Before joining... Read more
Jeff Niesz joins Chelan Fresh on sales
Chelan Fresh, based in Chelan, WA, announced the addition of Jeff Niesz to its operation’s sales staff. Niesz, a life-long Washington resident, grew up on a family-owned orchard in the Wapato region. He earned a agriculture and economics degree from Washington State Universtiy and has experience in all phases of tree fruit production, including farming, packing and shipping, retail relations and import/export in both conventional and organic categories. Prior... Read more
Capespan North America, based in Gloucester, NJ, announced the addition of Dan Borboa to its Reedly, CA, team. In his new position as senior sales representative, Borboa will be principally responsible for sales of imported and domestic citrus to Capespan North America’s western and southwestern retail and wholesale customers. He will also have responsibility for sales of other imported and domestic products. “The addition of Dan to our sales team working out... Read more
Freshway Foods drivers inducted into Million Mile Club
Freshway Foods announced that three of the its drivers have been inducted into the company’s Million Mile Club, which recognizes drivers who have achieved 1 million safe driving miles with the company. Freshway drivers John Lawrence, Mike Bradley and Herb Donahue were honored at a celebration event for achieving 1 million safe miles, and each received a custom leather bomber jacket, a die cast model of a Freshway truck, a gift card and an engraved plaque. Herb... Read more
Maglio & Co. announces new director of sales and marketing
Maglio & Co. has announced the addition of Paul Schulz, the new director of sales and marketing who joined the company this month. For more than 25 years Schulz has served the food industry as a top-performing sales and marketing professional. His proven track record includes establishing and managing strategic partnerships. Having held several management positions with Sysco Corp. and Reinhart Food Service, Schulz brings great experience to the Maglio &... Read more