The Packer 25: Steve Phipps

10/17/2013 10:36:00 AM
Jim Offner

“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.


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