Scott Marboe, director of marketing for Oneonta Starr Ranch Growers, Wenatchee, has the enthusiasm and love for the apple industry that matches his personality and makes him a great mentor, said Dan Wohlford, national marketing representative for the company.

“Scott loves to tell the story about Oneonta Starr Ranch and he never seems to tire of that,” Wohlford said. Marboe has a very collaborative attitude in working with colleagues and customers, Wohlford said, and seeking solutions that work for everyone. His attitude and personality match his football-lineman size, Wohlford said.

Both Marboe, 55, and his son Michael played center at the University of Idaho football teams in their own eras. While Scott played football in 1977 and 1978 (a knee injury ended his career prematurely), his son Michael Marboe was finishing up his senior season in the fall of 2014.

You won’t get disagreement from Marboe, 55, about his love for all things Oneonta.

“I love my job, love working for Dalton Thomas,” Marboe said. “He is a great man with an incredible amount of knowledge in this business; I have been very fortunate.” Dalton Thomas is president and owner of Oneonta.

Marboe’s background was produce related, as he grew up in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and his dad worked as a general manager for a potato shipper. Marboe remembers riding his bike to the potato shed when he was in grade school to see his dad. Eventually, Marboe working both in the shed and the office for his summer and after-school jobs.

Marboe joined Oneonta in 1988 after beginning his career in Washington state in 1985 with a job at Tree Fruit Marketing, a company that no longer exists.

Starting as a salesman for Oneonta, then as sales manager, Marboe was tapped to fill domestic marketing promotions when the Washington Apple Commission was reorganized and no longer conducted U.S. promotions.

Marboe said he enjoyed the ride. which has included volunteer leadership stints the Pear Bureau Northwest, United Fresh Produce Association, and the Produce Marketing Association.

“I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else,” he said.