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Tanimura & Antle bolsters sales team for strategic growth

Tanimura & Antle announced strategic changes, additions and promotions within its sales team to position itself for strategic growth.  The company has hired new key sales team members, reorganized existing sales staff and promoted vital sales team members.  

Karen Pflaum
Karen Pflaum

Tom Ryan and Rick Dacey have joined the company’s new dedicated regional sales team as regional sales managers, reporting to Senior Director of Regional Sales Karen Pflaum.  Ryan served as a regional sales manager for Tanimura & Antle previously from 2005 to 2014.  For the past few years, Ryan has been representing a number of produce companies independently, such as the Organic Grower Summit, Grower Network and Del Fresco Produce.  Dacey served as director of eastern region sales for Earthbound Farms for nearly 13 years and has since worked for State Garden/Olivia’s Organics, Pero Family Farms and JBS as a regional sales representative.  

“As we continue to build upon our customer relationships, we look forward to having additional boots on the ground to ensure our customers have everything they need in order to sell and market our premium fresh produce,” said Pflaum.  “Our team of regional sales people will accentuate our already turnkey sales department.”

Brian
Brian Antle

The sales department is now organized into regionally focused teams, a national team, and a foodservice team.  The company also shared a series of new hires and promotions within its sales team.  

The following sales team members have recently joined the company:

  • Roberto Ornelas as product manager, previously from Ippolito International
  • Mykayla Latronica as senior sales analyst, recently graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a master's degree in food science
  • Valerie Serna as transportation planner, previously from Ippolito International
  • Thomas Wheelus as foodservice sales manager, previously from Taylor Farms
  • Jordan Vosti as VMI sales manager, previously from Sysco

The following employees have been promoted from within at Tanimura & Antle:

  • Dina Mendiola promoted to account manager
  • Elizabeth Annis promoted to export account manager
  • Diana Garcia promoted to foodservice account manager
  • Dominique Ziers promoted to account manager
  • Aaron Flowers promoted to sales coordinator
  • Jack Duffy promoted to sales coordinator

“Moving back into the Tanimura & Antle office and being tasked with leading the sales team is a great opportunity and challenge that I've been enjoying,” said Brian Antle, executive vice president of sales.  “It's not every day that you get the opportunity to work with a talented, knowledgeable group like this and also have the freedom to build out the team as you see fit.  The reorganization and promotions within our existing team along with our new hires gives us the ability to better support existing customers and introduce new customers to our families of premium fresh produce.”

Meet the newest members of the Tanimura & Antle sales team this week at the PMA Foodservice in Monterey, CA, at booth No. 318.   

Photo: Tanimura & Antle's sales team.

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