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Mission Produce Inc. in Oxnard, CA, a global avocado and asparagus supplier, has hired Mike Haynes as a sales representative.

Mr. Haynes is a University of Southern California graduate with 20 years in the produce industry. He spent six years with Delta Produce and the last three years with Freska Produce exclusively selling avocados. At Mission, Mr. Haynes will be servicing new and existing retail and foodservice accounts.

"We are very pleased to add someone of Mike's caliber to the Mission team," Ross Wileman, vice president of sales and marketing, said in a Nov. 24 press release. "With his established business relationships and sales expertise, we expect Mike to quickly transition to our sales and marketing efforts."

Additionally, Mission Produce has hired Joe Nava as a sales representative. He is a graduate of Cal Poly State University with a degree in agribusiness with a concentration in marketing. He was a recipient of the Pack Career Pathways Fund scholarship through the Produce Marketing Association. Mr. Nava interned in sales with Driscoll Strawberry Associates and Famous Software, then came to Mission, where he initially worked in operations.

With a solid understanding of the production side at Mission, Mr. Nava was offered a full-time position in sales. In his new role, he will be handling current and prospective accounts as well as attending various industry trade shows.