Heeren Bros. hires business development manager

06/15/2010 12:30:00 PM
Ashley Bentley

Allan Girvin is back in Grand Rapids, Mich., this time working for Heeren Bros. Produce as director of sales and marketing.

Girvin left Michigan in March 2009 to join Raleigh, N.C.-based L&M Cos. as business development manager. With L&M, he worked with the company’s retail customers to develop and facilitate its locally grown program.

Girvin started in his current position, a new one for Heeren Bros., May 17, said Hal Roy, chief executive officer.

“We wanted to take our business development efforts up a level, and his background was good along those lines.” Roy said. “He has good contacts in the business world and the produce world.”

Before joining L&M Cos., Roy spent a handful of years at Chiquita Fresh NA as a regional account manager and business development manager.

His work history also includes time at Fenton, Mich.-based Gerrit J. Verburg Co., a consumer products company, and Livonia, Mich.-based Wiltsie and Co., a brokerage representative company that specializes in confections, according to a Heeren Bros. news release.

Girvin oversees a sales staff of seven for the company and also works with its internal sales staff, Roy said.



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