“His outstanding leadership and constant striving for excellence helped set me on a path that has focused on quality first and foremost,” Phipps said.
Mike Kemp, business analyst with Market Fresh and who has known Phipps for 10 years, said Phipps is a strategic entrepreneur.
“Very quick at taking an idea from concept to production,” Kemp said.
Phipps is relentless in meeting customer needs, Kemp said.
“With a background touching almost every area of the produce supply chain, Steve can relate to most any customer or grower issue and offer a solution that results in a true win for all partners,” Kemp said.
Phipps’ oldest son, 28-year-old Tyler, now works for the company, as director of field operations.
“He joined our company seven years ago, right out of college,” Phipps said.
Phipps has two other sons — Travis, 27, an agriculture teacher at Ozark High School in Ozark, Mo.; and Hunter, 12.
Phipps and his wife, Vickie, have been married for 15 years.
Outside the realm of produce, Phipps is keenly interested in horses, he said.