While Rio Queen Citrus has grown into a corporate structure with divisions and multiple commodities and growing areas, it still has the Martin family heart.
“They’re family-owned, and they came up the hard way,” Fox said.
That leads to the company making decisions quickly. Although he often works with the huge produce retailers with chain stores, Fox likes dealing with the Martins.
“He’s the kind of customer you want,” he said. “They live their business, so they know what’s going on. They’re pretty much always right on.”
Rio Queen Citrus executives don’t need to call a board meeting to make important decisions, Mike Martin said. When he started taking over the reins from his father, it was a slow transition.
“These days, he steps aside when things are rolling along,” Mike said at Ken’s induction into the Texas Produce Hall of Fame. “But I think he is really preparing for the next new season.”