2012 People in the News - The Packer

2012 People in the News

12/28/2012 10:06:00 AM
Amelia Friedline

Tim Whitwood joins Seneca Vegetable Research, Hall, N.Y., as global director of marketing and sales.

OHL International, Brentwood, Tenn., adds Christopher Ryan to its business development group.

Ken Guise, president of Knouse Foods Cooperative Inc., wins The Packer’s Apple Man of the Year Award.

The New Jersey Food Council, Trenton, names Mary Ellen Peppard assistant vice president of government affairs.

Sirna & Sons, Ravenna, Ohio, hires Dean Marsico to cover the company’s Pennsylvania sales.

Fox Solutions, McAllen, Texas, hires Paul Jackewicz as the East Coast representative for packaging and equipment sales staff.

Phoenix-based Sprouts Farmers Markets’ chief executive officer Shon Boney becomes chairman of the board. President Doug Sanders becomes chief executive officer as well.

Craig Morris becomes citrus category manager for Porterville, Calif.-based Homegrown Organic Farms.

Mann Packing Co., Salinas, Calif., hires Megan Grim to the new position of packaging coordinator and Danny Goforth as a salesman.

James Paul joins the avocado and asparagus sales staff of Los Angeles-based The Giumarra Cos.


The Michigan Potato Industry Commission, DeWitt, appoints Michael Wenkel its executive director.

Southern Specialties Inc., Pompano Beach, Fla., hires Brad Bailey as director of sales.

The Giumarra Cos., Los Angeles, adds Ernest Valencia and Tom Frudden to its Nogales, Ariz., sales staff.

Gilbert Aspeitia joins La Cañada, Calif.-based Allen Lund Co. as corporate sales manager.

Seth Tillery becomes grower relations and operations manager for the San Joaquin Valley for Porterville, Calif.-based Homegrown Organic Farms.

The Oppenheimer Group, Vancouver, British Columbia, promotes Walt Breeden to director of sales for Canada and promotes David Cheung to sales manager for the company’s Vancouver office.

Travis Blacker becomes industry relations director for the Idaho Potato Commission, Eagle.

Caito Foods Service Inc., Indianapolis, names Bob Kirch president and chief executive officer. The company also promotes Matthew Caito to executive vice president and chief administrative officer.

Stacy Spivey becomes director of North American grower management development for Miami-based Alpine Fresh.

Jill Switzer becomes corporate manager for transportation and logistics for Yakima, Wash.-based FirstFruits Marketing.

Copenhagen, Denmark-based Damco hires Steve Hoffman as global head for the industrial vertical.

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