Jeff Oaks, who was vice president of sales at Gentile Bros. from July 1997 through May 2004, incorporated JAO Distributors Inc. in late February, according to Ohio Secretary of State records, and bought Gentile Bros. in mid-April.
Glenn Bryant and Ed Sabin, who Oaks bought the business from, remain on staff at the company as advisors. However, as of May 17, the Gentile Bros. website still listed Bryant as chief executive officer and Sabin as president and chief operating officer. Company officials did not return phone calls for commment.
Gentile Bros. serves retail, foodservice and processing customers throughout the Midwest. The firm provides customized packaging and has ripening and processing facilities for tomatoes, bananas, melons and tree fruit, according to its website.
In addition to Oaks as president, other company executives include: Rick Schimpf, chief operating officer; Dave Schirmann, vice president of sales; and Peter LeBlond, vice president of new business development.
After his departure from Gentile in 2004, Oaks was a group sales manager for another Cincinnati company, Total Quality Logistics. Early in his career, Oaks was a senior produce buyer for Alliant Foodservice.