Martin Ley, who was vice president of Nogales, Ariz.-based Del Campo Supreme, left the company and started his own produce business.

He founded Fresh Evolution in Nogales, which he said will use the skills he earned in the growing and importing of West Mexico vegetables. He had been at Del Campo for 20 years.

“I’m looking forward to this new chapter and continuing working in the produce industry,” Ley said June 6.

He said he couldn’t confirm what companies he’d be working with, but he’s made many contacts in the industry, and he said he plans to be busy.

Meanwhile, Del Campo hired Nogales veteran Jim Munguia as sales manager June 3.

Munguia spent the last six years at Pacific Tomato Growers as sales manager for the Nogales office.

“I had my own brokerage company (JPM Sales Co.) for the last 20-plus years,” he said. “(Del Campo) is a great company to be associated with, and I appreciate the opportunity.”

Del Campo sales manager and general manager Jim Cathey wasn’t available June 6, but Munguia said he remains with the company.

Ley said he’ll remain active on various industry associations, including the Produce Marketing Association, Canadian Produce Marketing Association, Fresh Produce Association of the Americas and on the Mexican tomato negotiating group.

His new contact information is amley@fresh-evolution.com.

Additional reporting by Mike Hornick