Honeycrisp apples ( File photo )

Brian Focht is the new manager of the Washington Apple Growers Marketing Association; Washington Pear Marketing Association; Mid-Columbia Pear Marketing Association; and Northwest Cherry Marketing Association, which are collectively known in the Pacific Northwest region as the Marketing Associations.

Focht had worked in fruit sales at Oneonta Trading Corp. for 17 years and had also worked for Dovex and Northern Fruit in the Pacific Northwest, according to a news release.

He was named manager in mid-May and assumes the position full time in September from Bruce Grim, who retired after serving as manager for the past 17 years, according to the release.