The lessons she learned in the banking industry also bring an element of fiscal preparedness, she added.
“My attitude is I’d like to become more of a dominant player in the produce industry, but at the same time, I come from a banking background and I look at the economic situation and I think you need to be aware of what’s going on,” she said. "You can’t function in a petri dish.”
Kevin Hubbard, a longtime salesman with DeBruyn Produce, said Margret DeBruyn has contributed much to the company’s continued success.
“She’s a person of high integrity, high ethics,” Hubbard said. “She doesn’t want her employees to be down. She’s very close to her family and wants her business to be kind of like a family business, too.”