UPDATED: Del Campo Supreme names general manager - The Packer

UPDATED: Del Campo Supreme names general manager

07/02/2013 05:21:00 PM
Mike Hornick

Guillermo Willie MartinezMartinez(UPDATED COVERAGE July 3) Willie Martinez has succeeded Jim Cathey as general manager at Nogales, Ariz.-based Del Campo Supreme.

Cathey, who was also sales manager at Del Campo Supreme, left the company June 29 to join Leamington, Ontario-based JemD Farms. Jim Munguia succeeded Cathey as sales manager June 3.

The moves follow the departure of Martin Ley, vice president and a 20-year veteran of Del Campo Supreme, to form a new company, Fresh Evolution, in Nogales.

Cathey started July 1 as a sales and purchasing manager at JemD Farms, where one of his tasks is to establish an f.o.b. sales office in McAllen, Texas.

“I’ll be managing purchasing from Arizona and sales from Texas,” he said. “It’s a new concept for them. Like many of the Canadians, they’ve taken a lot of their product to their Michigan and other facilities and moved it on from there. We intend to set up an f.o.b. sales office, and that’s my job. It gives us another block of customers who want to load f.o.b. in Texas.”

Cathey spent 12 years at Del Campo Supreme. He’s had business dealings with JemD Farms president Jim DiMenna through the course of his 35-year produce career.

“Cathey’s knowledge and vast experience in produce operations will help contribute to the growth of our company as we continue our expansions throughout North America,” DiMenna said in a news release.

Martinez has spent 10 years in his organization, starting from the retail side of the business at Casa Ley in Mexico. He moved to Nogales in 2003 to join Del Campo Supreme.

“The challenge is to maintain what Martin and Jim have built with the company and grow it,” Martinez said. “The competition is fierce, but I think we have the right quality and the right growers in line with us to give us the differentiation that we have been known for. I’m eager for the opportunity and I think we will succeed and make this company grow.”

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El Turkito Feliz    
Nogales, Az  |  July, 03, 2013 at 10:54 AM

The American companies owned by Mexican Nationals continue to replace the American work-force with cheap Mexican labor, numerous companies in the produce industry in Nogales/Rio Rico, Az bring their employees from their Mexican companies and replace qualified American personnel at much lower wages. Keep supporting the immigration bill that allows these injustices to be committed and more American employees will continue to be replaced by Mexicans.

July, 03, 2013 at 12:08 PM

You don't know what you're talking about. Obviously you only read headlines and have never managed or hired personnel along the border. Most would rather receive gov't assistance than work. Gringo or Mexican.

Arizona  |  July, 03, 2013 at 06:16 PM

Mr Martinez is an American citizen you moron (El Turkito Feliz)

Arizona  |  July, 03, 2013 at 06:18 PM

On top of that, if you were qualified you would have a job regardless of what your nationality was. I am sure you are just another moron asking for the government to cover for all of your incompetence and inability to provide for yourself.

México  |  July, 05, 2013 at 01:23 AM

Felicidades, mi willy camina hacia el futuro e ignora comentarios que no dejan nada.... Un abrazo

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