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Jim Cathey leaves Del Campo Supreme, joins JemD Farms in sourcing

Jim Cathey, who was sales manager at Del Campo Supreme Inc. in Nogales, AZ, since 2001 and in recent years also held the title of general manager, has retired from the company effective June 30, and has joined JemD Farms in Leamington, ON, as sourcing manager for Arizona and Texas.

New general manager at Del Campo is Guillermo (Willie) Martinez, who has been with the company for 10 years, mostly on the operations side, and who previously Jim-CatheyJim Catheyworked for Del Campo's sister company, Casa Ley, in Mexico.

New sales manager at Del Campo is Jim Munguia, who has been in the produce industry for some 30 years and was most recently in sales at Pacific Tomato Growers. His hiring was announced in late May.

The departure of Cathey from Del Campo comes just one month after Martin Ley, vice president of Del Campo Supreme Inc., who had been with the firm for more than two decades, announced that he was resigning his position at Del Campo and was moving on to a new venture.

Cathey told The Produce News July 2 that he began his produce career in 1969 as an inspector for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, then spent three years as a buyer in Nogales for Topco. From 1975 to 1977, he was sales manager in Coachella for Cy Mouradick & Sons. From 1977 to 1992, he was vice president and managing partner of Robling & Cathey, and in 1992, he founded Produce Kountry, serving as its president until 2001. He also served for a time as president of Veggies R Us in Nogales.