John Tutolo is executive vice president of sales at greenhouse company Great Lakes Growers. ( Courtesy Great Lakes Growers )

Greenhouse company Great Lakes Growers, Burton, Ohio, has hired John Tutolo as executive vice president of sales.

Tutolo most recently was director of national account sales for the Chicago Meat Authority. He’s also been foodservice sales manager for Sara Lee Foods and national sales manager for King Nut Cos.

The 80,000-square-foot greenhouse grows leafy greens and herbs.

Great Lakes owner John Bonner said the company has expanded in recent years, and needed someone with Tutolo’s experience to provide insight and leadership as the company enters new markets.

“We’ve been looking for someone of his caliber and industry experience for a while now,” Bonner said in a news release. “He came highly recommended and after speaking with him, I could see why. His success and experience speak for themselves, but it was his passion for what we were doing that really stood out.”