Russ Davis Wholesale makes leadership changes
Russ Davis Wholesale announced the expansion of its leadership team with the goal of positioning the organization to meet the needs created by a growing demand for fresh food. Pat Miller will assume the role of chief marketing officer, Jerry Arne will be the vice president of business partnerships, Tyler Neu has been named vice president of retail sales and Matt Gross was promoted to vice president of operations.
“Creating these roles will help us achieve our long-term goals while also maintaining focus on excellence in customer service and quality as the foundation for future success,” said Adam Gamble, president.
Miller started his career in his family’s grocery store. He spent seven years learning all about the retail business and found a passion for produce where he spent 13 years running the department. He came to work for RDW as a retail specialist and was quickly promoted to a category management position. Miller served as the director of procurement and branch general manager in Wadena, MN, for several years. For the last nine years he has held the vice president title and has been a member of the board of directors.
Arne spent 10 years in various roles at C.H. Robinson including supply chain sales, procurement and fresh produce sales. Following that he spent five years at Target gaining experience as a produce sourcing lead and eventually senior buyer of produce. Arne joined Russ Davis as a director of sales for wholesale and national accounts in 2018.
Neu’s passion for produce started at a young age working on the fruit bagging lines for Russ Davis Wholesale. After college, he started his professional career with the company as a full time category manager. Neu also spent several years working for two different sales and marketing agencies in the upper mid-west, which broadened his scope of the industry and marketplace. In December of 2015, he re-joined the organization as director of business development.
Gross is in his 21st year in the produce industry and his 15th year at Russ Davis Wholesale. He has previous experience in category management and retail merchandising for the company and started his career in retail stores serviced by RDW. Gross spent eight years as the company’s branch general manager in Jamestown, ND. He most recently filled the role of senior director of operations and prior to that served for four years as director of operations.