David Hollinger, left, founder of Four Seasons Produce, and Ron Carkoski, who is retiring as CEO of the Four Seasons Family of Companies. ( Courtesy Four Seasons Family of Cos. )

Ron Carkoski, who has been the CEO the Four Seasons Family of Companies in since 2002, is retiring Dec. 21.

Carkoski joined the company as director of procurement in 1994, when it was Four Seasons Produce.

In 2006, Four Seasons expanded with three new companies to focus on opportunities in the industry, with Earth Source Trading, Sunrise Logistics, and Sunrise Transport, according to a news release.

“Four Seasons was growing rapidly, and I realized Ron had the passion and leadership to take us to the next level,” David Hollinger, founder and chairman of Four Seasons, said in the release. “Ron had earned my trust as well as the management teams’ trust, and he had the keen ability to effectively communicate the vision of the company.”

President Jason Hollinger said Carkoski continues David Hollinger’s entrepreneurial spirit.

“One of his favorite lines in the early years was, ‘Say yes, and we will figure out how to do it later,’” Jason Hollinger said in the release.

Loretta Radanovic, vice president and chief financial officer, describes Carkoski as a strong leader with a big heart.

“Ron sincerely cares about people, and is interested in who you are, how you’re doing, and how to make your work experience meaningful and rewarding,” Radanovic said in the release.

Before joining Four Seasons, he had leadership roles at Gateway Foods in Wisconsin.

On Jan. 15, Carkoski will receive the United Fresh Produce Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award in La Quinta, Calif., during FreshStart 2019, the annual fundraising event for the United Fresh Start Foundation.

Carkoski has been on the association’s board of directors, and chairman of its Wholesale Distributor Board, according to the release. He has been on the board of the Delaware Valley Floral Group and chairman of its Talent and Human Resources Committee.

He and his wife Patricia plan to move from Pennsylvania to their home state of Wisconsin. He plans to stay involved in the produce industry, but spend time fishing and playing the piano, according to the release.

Submitted by Roger Pepperl on Mon, 12/17/2018 - 09:31

Ron is one of the most inspirational leaders in our produce industry. He will be missed but you have to be happy for Ron. He earned this retirement! Congrats Ron!!!

Submitted by Dave Baldwin on Mon, 12/17/2018 - 17:32

Four Seasons is one of the great produce companies in this country. Their vision and concerns for the customer ar unsurpassed by no one! Ron , David and the others there put the customer first.