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Martin Ley leaves Del Campo Supreme after 20 years, company hires Jim Munguia

Martin Ley, vice president of Del Campo Supreme Inc. in Nogales, AZ, who has been with the firm for more than two decades, is "moving on from his operational roles for the company" effective May 31 and will "seek new ventures in the next chapter of his life," although he will "continue to assist Del Campo in multiple industry and government projects," according to a letter from Diego Ley, the company's president.

Martin-LeyMartin Ley"Martin has represented Del Campo's interests on industry boards," including the Produce Marketing Association, Canadian Produce Marketing Association, Fresh Produce Association of the Americas, Confederacion de Asociaciones Agricolas del Estado de Sinaloa and Asociacion Mexicana de Horticultura Protegida, "contributing significant influence across our industry and community," Ley stated in the letter. "Certainly he has made enormous contributions to our personal and professional success as well, and we will miss his passion and enthusiasm. We wish him and his family the best in his new projects and ventures in life."

Continuing, he wrote: "Martin and I are very optimistic" about the future of Del Campo Supreme, "and we will take this opportunity for bright new leadership to assume the significant roles necessary for the growth and continual success" of the company. Del Campo has "many maturing projects and some that are in the incubation stage tha keep us excited and our motivation strong. We welcome the challenges that the ever changing produce industry brings, and we are happy to have our loyal customers along with them."

Newly hired as sales manager at Del Campo is Jim Munguia, who has been in the produce business for some 30 years and was most recently in sales at Pacific Tomato Growers.

"I was offered a position at Del Campo, and it is something that I always wanted to do as far as handling more commodities than just tomatoes," Munguia told The Produce News June 6. "They offered me an opportunity, so I jumped on it." He started June 3.

Munguia had operated his own brokerage business, JPM Sales, for more than 20 years and spent the last six years at Pacific Tomato Growers. Over the course of his career, he also sold tomatoes for San Joaquin Tomato Growers and Central Tomato Growers.

Before starting JPM Sales, Munguia had worked for several other produce companies, including J.F. Evans and Sucasa in Nogales. Also, “I had a green tomato sales deal at Sun Pacific," he told The Produce News in a previous interview.