Lake City, Minn.-based Pepin Heights Orchards Inc. hired Billy Whalen as director of sales and marketing, and Jon Gillund as sales and logistics specialist.

“Billy and Jon’s capabilities reflect the importance this company places on approaching our business with distinction, from strategy to tactics to execution,” Dennis Courtier, president and chief executive officer of Pepin, said in a news release. “Our retail and wholesale partners appreciate our extra efforts to ensure high quality product, service and logistical execution. Both of these guys will play important roles in continuing Pepin Heights’ beliefs and practices.”

Whalen previously worked in the beverage industry marketing major brands.

“I’m excited to join the Pepin Heights family and take my passion and experience for building brands and growing business and apply them to Pepin’s superior product and innovation,” Whalen said in the release

Gillund previously worked for American Carriers of Minnesota in sales.

“I’m excited to be a part of the Pepin Heights team and continue the longstanding tradition that Pepin Heights has built over the years,” Gillund said in the release.

Whalen will work in the Twin Cities office, and Gillund will work from the company’s headquarters.