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People, week of September 19, 2011

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Tess Holzer

TESS HOLZER has joined Adam Bros. Produce Sales Inc. in Santa Maria, CA, as sales coordinator, where she will deal with growing reports and direct calls for the sales associates. She said, “I’ve already learned a lot through this side of the business.

Prior to joining Adam Bros., Ms. Holzer was in the medical field, serving as a medical assistant at an orthopedic and sports facility.

In addition to her current work with Adam Bros., she is in her third year at Allan Hancock College, where she studies business management. After she graduates from Allan Hancock, Ms. Holzer plans to attend California Polytechnic State University to study agriculture business.

Ms. Holzer also devotes time as a volunteer for a youth group at New Life Community in Pismo Beach, CA.

 

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David Brocksmith

As Seald Sweet International continues with further growth and development of sales programs, a newly appointed position brings new talent to their Vero Beach, FL-based corporate headquarters. In August, DAVID BROCKSMITH joined Seald Sweet’s sales team as account executive.

Mr. Brocksmith brings over 20 years of experience in the produce industry to the Seald Sweet team, according to a Sept. 12 press release. During his career, he has developed Florida citrus programs with key accounts. His tenured experience in the fresh citrus sectors of the produce industry brings new talent to the growing company.

“We are excited to welcome new talent to our team and look forward to the success and opportunities David will bring to Seald Sweet through his experience in the industry,” said Mayda Sotomayor, chief executive officer of Seald Sweet, in the press release. “We feel David will be instrumental in the further development of our sales programs.”

 

DAVE DAGUERRE, a 30-year veteran of the produce industry, is now a part of Royal Vista Marketing Inc.’s sales staff. Mr. Daguerre joined the Visalia, CA-based company as a sales associate Aug. 22.

While Mr. Daguerre’s focus is buying and selling citrus, he also handles tree fruit and grapes. “Anything that someone wants to buy, I’ll sell it,” he said.

In the past, Mr. Daguerre managed a packinghouse and had been a grower until the 1990 freeze, at which point he transitioned to sales.

His experience in citrus includes 15 years at Orosi, CA-based Lawson Packing Inc. and three years at Seald Sweet, Visalia. “I still enjoy what I do,” he said.

Although he is not currently a member, Mr. Daguerre served on the California Citrus Mutual board. He had also volunteered for a number of local organizations, including time spent as a volunteer fireman.

Currently, he lives with his wife of 18 years, Linda, and his son, Tyler, a sophomore in high school.

 

To announce personnel changes at your company, please contact Assistant Editor Ryan Beckman at 201/986-7990, ext. 109, or beckman@theproducenews.com. Photos are encouraged.