2012 People in the News - The Packer

2012 People in the News

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

George Seifert joins FreshXperts, Lee’s Summit, Mo., as quality assurance expert. Seifert is founder and president of Rochester, N.Y.-based Produce QA Consultants LLC.

DMA Solutions Inc., Irving, Texas, hires Kelly Pritchett and Mackenzie Michel as marketers.

Jerry Munson retires from his position as president of Dinuba, Calif.-based Monfort Management Services after 42 years in agricultural marketing order management. J.D. Allen, the firm’s vice president, becomes president in his stead.

Pure Hot House Foods, Leamington, Ontario, hires Marina Davidson as director of procurement.

Bland Farms LLC, Glenville, Ga., promotes Sarah Seebran to marketing director. Seebran had been marketing manager since 2009. Bland also hires Greg Smith as marketing communications manager.

Ray England becomes vice president of marketing for Reedley, Calif.-based D.J. Forry Co.

Mario Rene Cardenas joins Rio Rico, Ariz.-based Farmer’s Best International as salesman.

Potato grower Steve Crane, co-owner of Crane Bros. Inc., Exeter, Maine, becomes president of the National Potato Council and leader of the council’s executive committee.

Ed Beckman leaves his position as president of Fresno-based California Tomato Farmers to become chief executive officer of the Clovis, Calif.-based Certified Greenhouse/Hothouse Vegetable Producers Association of North America. Beckman had led the group since its inception in 2007.


California citrus grower-shipper Sun Pacific Marketing hires Bob DiPiazza, former senior officer at Dominick’s and Sam’s Club, as president. Sun Pacific also hires Archie Williams as a salesman and product manager for the company’s Ripe & Easy Kiwi program.

Delta Packing Co., Lodi, Calif., hires Matthew Nowak as a salesman.

Los Angeles-based Golin-Harris names Gary Caloroso to the agency’s new executive director position, which leads the company’s food and beverage industry accounts.

Sue Lewis joins the Ottawa-based Canadian Produce Marketing Association as director of market development.

Mike Bozick, chairman of Mecca, Calif.-based Richard Bagdasarian Inc., retires from the board of the California Table Grape Commission after 39 years of service.

Bill Vogel opens Vision Produce Partners of Texas in Pharr, with Ben Brittain as executive vice president and managing member. Vogel is the majority partner in the company.

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