New to Maglio & Co., a produce processor, re-packer, distributor, and logistics provider, is DAN VEGA. Mr. Vega was hired as director, multi-unit, back in January as well.
Mr. Vega, originally from Costa Rica, joined the produce industry in 1982 when he moved to central Florida and began working with major tomato growers and packers.
“During the last 30 years, Vega has worked with growers, retailers, and foodservice customers across North America, held regional and national sales roles, and managed repacking operations and procurement programs,” the company press release stated.
“John and Dan bring great value to our company and play key roles in our new Minnesota facility,” company President Sam Maglio said in the release. “With their knowledge and expertise of the produce industry, as well as their work ethic and leadership skills, both individuals reinforce our commitment to providing high-quality produce solutions and conscientious customer service.”
Also new to Maglio & Co. is JOHN CARKOSKI as operations manager in January.
Mr. Carkoski first got his start in the produce industry in 1997, while still in high school, when he began washing trucks for Four Seasons, a Pennsylvania produce distributor.
After working his way through warehouse operations, Mr. Carkoski eventually found himself as the onsite lead for the entire watermelon department.
In 2002, Mr. Carkoski joined the United States Marine Corps where he served on a Marine Expeditionary Unit to the Asian seaboard and was deployed to combat tours in Afghanistan and Iraq, according to the company press release.
Putting his military benefits to good use, Mr. Caroski is currently finishing his degree in business administration.
Scottsdale, AZ-based Amerifresh named BILL MUNGER JR., as its new president and chief executive officer May 1.
Mr. Munger will be replacing Dennis Domagala, who is retiring after 23 years of service, the company press release stated.
With 28 years of experience in all areas of the produce industry, Mr. Munger will be directing Amerifresh’s continuing growth. Prior to joining the company, he worked for Salinas, CA-based Duda Farm Fresh Foods.
“We are extremely excited to have Bill join our team at a time when we have a number of strategic initiatives being formed,” said Mr. Domagala in the press release. “He is a great fit with our culture and will be a terrific resource for our future success.”
Sugar City, ID-based Sun-Glo of Idaho recently welcomed back JILL COX to its sales team.
Ms. Cox first started working for her father’s company while she was attending college. After two years at Sun-Glo, Ms. Cox decided to switch gears and begin a career in banking, selling investments.
Now, 20 years later, Ms. Cox is back working with her family and she couldn’t be more thrilled.
“I love working with family,” she said. “I’m very excited to be back in the potato world.”
All four of Ms. Cox’s brothers, as well as some of her cousins and uncles, work for the company.
Ms. Cox is married with three children. In her spare time, she enjoys watching and playing sports of all kinds, especially football, which her husband just so happens to coach.
Roth Produce Co. promoted MATT PIAZZA to procurement specialist at the beginning of April.
Mr. Piazza first began working for the Columbus, OH-based company in March of 2011 as a driver. Now, one year later, he is a buyer handling all specialty fruits and vegetables.
Prior to joining Roth Produce, Mr. Piazza worked for a car dealership. This is his first job in the produce industry and it’s a “complete change for the better,” he said.
“I’ve got a lot of good help here, which makes it easier,” he added.
Mr. Piazza currently resides in Grove City, OH, with his wife and two daughters. In his spare time, he enjoys nothing more than simply hanging out with his family.
JOE CARNEVALE joined Montreal-based Courchesne Larose on April 23 as a buyer of specialty items, including watermelon, broccoli, mangos and persimmons.
Mr. Carnevale has been in the produce industry for the past 24 years, most previously working for JB Laverdure, also in Montreal.
Coming from a long line of produce workers, Mr. Carnevale credited his family for first introducing him to the industry, which he said is simply “in his blood.”
Mr. Carnevale is married with one child. In his spare time, he enjoys dining out at restaurants with good company and good wine.
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