2012 People in the News - The Packer

2012 People in the News

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

Holtzinger Fruit Co., Yakima, Wash., promotes Scott Hanses from vice president to chief operating officer. The company also names Lawna Wyatt vice president of fruit procurement and hires Sandra Steineke as director of merchandising.

John Hein joins Cutler, Calif.-based Wawona Packing Co. LLC as a salesman.

Kathleen Phillips becomes sustainability coordinator for Monterey, Calif.-based Pro*Act.

Leamington, Ontario-based Pure Hot House Foods hires Bob Donckers as chief operating officer. Donckers previously was with Mastronardi Produce.

JB Cutsinger opens International Citrus and Produce in Burlingame, Calif., as a spin-off company from Splendid Products. Jim Cutsinger and Tony Campos manage sales for the company.

Michael Luckie joins JOH, Billerica, Mass., as a salesman in the company’s fresh division.

Ippolito International LP, Salinas, Calif., hires John Corea and Jeff Post as salesmen.

Andy Jensen becomes potato regional research director for the Pacific Northwest for the Idaho Potato Commission, the Oregon Potato Commission and the Washington State Potato Commission.

David DeBerry becomes onion category director for Crescent Fruit & Vegetable LLC, an Edinburg, Texas-based company opened in January by Jim and Will Steele.

Mike Sims, chief financial officer for Charlotte, N.C.-based Chiquita Brands International Inc., leaves the company. Brian Kocher, previously company president for Europe and the Middle East, is named to the position.

The Allen Lund Co., La Cañada, Calif., promotes Brandon Hill to manager of the company’s Detroit office. Hill previously was assistant manager.

Eddie Lerma joins Giumarra Nogales, Nogales, Ariz., as a salesman.

Orange Cove, Calif.-based Booth Ranches LLC hires Rick Hudson as a salesman.

Family Tree Farms, Reedley, Calif., hires salesmen Brenton Helm and Ryan Howard.

Nathel International Inc., Mount Laurel, N.J., names Paul Newstead vice president of sales and marketing.

David Mixon, senior vice president and chief marketing officer of Seald Sweet International Inc., leaves the company.


Denise Donohue leaves her position as executive director of the Lansing-based Michigan Apple Committee to start DeWitt, Mich.-based consulting firm the Donohue Group with her husband, William Donohue. Diane Smith is named interim director of the committee.

McKennaThe National Mango Board, Orlando, Fla., promotes Amy Mercado from administration coordinator to director of operations and promotes Marilda Peele from industry relations specialist to director of industry relations. The group names Melanie Teel marketing manager after promoting Megan McKenna to director of marketing in 2011. The board appoints Kristine Concepcion to its new position of communications specialist.

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