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New York Apple Sales increasing executive staff to keep pace with company growth

It’s been an exciting past decade for Glenmont, NY-based New York Apple Sales. The company has expanded to become one of the most diversified grower-marketers in New York state, and today NYAS also has strong import programs. To keep pace with its exponential growth, NYAS is also expanding its staff with new employees as well as promoting existing team members.nyas

“We are proud to announce that Chelsea Van Acker and Zach O’Keefe have joined the team at New York Apple Sales,” said Jim Allen, vice president of marketing. “Chelsea joined us in May and will be working alongside Matt Wells in coordinating all food-safety third-party audits, GAPs and helping growers and packers with the new FISMA regulations.”

Van Acker is no stranger to the apple industry. A native of Williamson, NY, she grew up on an apple farm in a family that has been in the fruit industry for generations. She developed a strong interest in the apple industry which lead to her enrollment in Cornell University.

“Chelsea graduated in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in plant and agricultural sciences and a minor in business management,” said Allen. “She was the recipient of the George Lamont Scholarship, awarded by the New York Apple Association, in 2014.”

Following graduation and prior to joining NYAS, Van Acker worked in sales for Dow AgroSciences, and then as a technical accounts manager for AgroFresh.

Earlier this year NYAS’ staff and associates were shocked and distraught by the untimely passing of Mike Shannon, a 10-year veteran of NYAS whose role was logistics manager.

“In addition to being a good friend and respected member of our team, Mike performed his role as logistics manager with passion and commitment,” said Allen. “He carried out the daily tasks of scheduling production and transportation with precision and professionalism.”

Mike Messler, who joined New York Apple Sales in 2014, worked closely with Shannon. He has now taken over his position as production and logistics manager.

“Mike had a great teacher, and he has settled into his new role smoothly,” added Allen.

“Zach O’Keefe was hired to move in to Mike Messler’s position as logistics and production support,” he continued. “Zach graduated from Brockport College with a degree in biology, but his professional career has been logistics and commodity trading.”

Messler was raised in the Albany area where he developed a fondness for the Hudson Valley apple region.