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Dawn Gray starts consulting business

04/23/2012 04:51:00 PM
Andy Nelson

Gray Industry veteran Dawn Gray has started a consulting business.

Gray, who most recently worked as senior vice president of sales, marketing and categories for The Oppenheimer Group, Vancouver, British Columbia, founded Vancouver-based Dawn Gray Global Consulting.

The firm helps clients with strategic growth plans and advises them on communications, brand-building and executing sales and marketing plans.

“It isn’t a role that I necessarily saw myself in, but now that I’ve embraced the concept, and had some experience, it’s amazing how right it feels,” said Gray, who has worked in the produce industry for 36 years.

Gray said her experience on both the production and marketing sides of the industry should be a benefit to her clients.

Gray’s main client thus far has been Yakima, Wash.-based C.M. Holtzinger Fruit Co. LLC. She has helped the company on personnel, branding, product positioning and other issues.

John Anderson, Oppenheimer’s chairman, president and chief executive officer, praised Gray’s tenure at the company.

“During her time with us, Dawn contributed significantly to our organization, leading and evolving our marketing team and building our business with growers and customers alike,” Anderson said. “We’re confident that Dawn will be successful with her new consulting practice and we wish her the very best.”

Anderson said Gray’s duties would be divided among David Smith, Oppenheimer’s senior vice president for North American sales and categories; Doug Grant, senior vice president and chief operations officer; and James Milne, director of business development and marketing.

Before joining Oppenheimer in 2008, Gray was general manager of Auckland, N.Z.-based Enza International, a position she had for a year and a half.

Before joining Enza, Gray was the executive vice president of sales and marketing at Surrey, British Columbia-based BC Hot House Foods Inc.

She also has served as president of the Central California Orange Growers Cooperative, Visalia, and has had sales and marketing positions at Seattle-based Vanguard International; The Autenrieth Co., Los Angeles; Frieda’s Inc., Los Alamitos, Calif.; and Sunkist Growers Inc., Sherman Oaks, Calif.

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Don Goodwin    
Minnesota  |  April, 23, 2012 at 06:12 PM

Congratulations, Dawn!

Mike Aiton    
Coachella California  |  April, 24, 2012 at 09:11 AM

Dawn is terrific, I wish her great success.

Lyra Vance    
Tanpa  |  April, 24, 2012 at 09:15 AM

Congratulations Dawn - very happy for you on this new adventiure!

Mike Fassler    
Michigan  |  April, 24, 2012 at 09:20 AM

Congrats Dawn on your new venture. Welcome to the consulting business!

Bob Walters    
Visalia, Calif  |  April, 24, 2012 at 09:21 AM

Very happy for you Dawn.

Nancy Butler    
Exeter, California  |  April, 24, 2012 at 09:25 AM

Mitch and I wishing you great success! Congratulations

Roger Pepperl    
Wenatchee  |  April, 24, 2012 at 09:34 AM

Congratulations Dawn! Keep building consumption and branding for the companies you advise! More brand building will build a stronger produce industry. Enjoy the new venture!!!

Luis de Saracho    
Guadalajara  |  April, 24, 2012 at 09:52 AM

Felicidades Dawn, mucho exito !!

Terri Mouton    
Los Alamitos, CA  |  April, 24, 2012 at 09:56 AM

Fantastic news! As someone who has worked side by side with Dawn and counts her as a personal friend, this is fantastic news for Dawn and the industry! Congratulations, Dawn!

Orange Cove, CA  |  April, 24, 2012 at 09:58 AM

Well, the adventure continues.... best wishes to you on this new chapter.

Felix  |  April, 24, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Awesome! Congrats!!!

Clay Wittmeyer    
Bakersfield  |  April, 24, 2012 at 10:15 AM

Way to go Dawn ! I wish you much success.

Clay Wittmeyer    
Bakersfield  |  April, 24, 2012 at 10:15 AM

Way to go Dawn ! I wish you much success.

Robert Autenrieth    
Florida  |  April, 24, 2012 at 10:39 AM

Awesome Dawn E. - Great decision! Your knowledge, professionalism, and your passion for the produce industry is the perfect combination to make Global Consulting quite successful. Congratulations!

Karen Brux    
California  |  April, 24, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Wishing you huge success and happiness, Dawn!

Margaret Lombard    
California  |  April, 24, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Great news Dawn! Wishing you all the best.

Charlotte Vernon    
Coachella, Ca.  |  April, 24, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Way to go Dawn...Congratulations Wishing you success.

Al Vangelos    
Laguna Beach CA  |  April, 24, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Good for you Dawn Best wishes for success Al Vangelos

Neil Galone    
Orange Cove, CA  |  April, 24, 2012 at 03:04 PM

Way to go, Dawn. Congratulations and best wishes.

Lee Peters    
Wolcott, NY  |  April, 24, 2012 at 03:21 PM

Congratulations Dawn! The best of luck to you.

LOS ALAMITOS, cALIFORNIA  |  April, 24, 2012 at 04:27 PM


marco llano    
guaymas mexico  |  April, 24, 2012 at 07:00 PM

los mejores deseos Dawn. felicidades

Craig Laker    
Oxnard, California  |  April, 25, 2012 at 09:07 AM

Congratulations, Dawn! All the best in your new venture. Send me your email so we can connect.

Leroy Goehring    
Visalia, CA  |  April, 25, 2012 at 04:06 PM

Congratulations on this new and exciting adventure!

Scott Simmons    
Boston  |  April, 26, 2012 at 08:38 AM

Dawn, Best of luck in your new venture.

Heather Gherman    
Vancouver, BC  |  April, 26, 2012 at 01:35 PM

Congratulations! I know you will be successful in your new venture and all the best wishes to you!

Charlie Hein    
Hood River, OR  |  April, 26, 2012 at 01:49 PM

Good on 'ya Dawn!! All the best to you!

Kwong Lai    
South San Francisco, California  |  April, 27, 2012 at 05:04 PM

Good job and keep on going, Dawn

Albert Perez    
Continental Fresh, Miami, FL  |  April, 27, 2012 at 09:12 PM

You deserve the success/ All the best!

Cindy Wellwood    
Hastings, New Zealand  |  April, 29, 2012 at 03:50 PM

Absolutely wonderful news Dawn! Congratulations to you and all the best, in your new endeavour!

Visalia, CA  |  April, 30, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Congratulations Dawn!! All the best!!

Ichiro Takahashi    
Yokohama city,Japan  |  June, 21, 2012 at 11:29 PM

Congratulations Dawn san, All Takahashies believe your success.

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