Scott Mabs has been named chief executive officer at Homegrown Organic Farms, an organic fresh produce marketing company, representing over 3,500 acres of organic produce based in Porterville, CA. He replaces Tom Avinelis, who has held the position since 2005, but who will now become more involved in the operations side of the business.
"I'm excited about this transition," Mr. Avinelis said in a press release. "Homegrown's growth is requiring that we have someone more engaged in the business of exceeding our customers' expectations. Scott has exemplified his leadership skills in driving the company's goals and vision. He has proven his capabilities of taking Homegrown to new levels of customer and grower service and most of all the ability to build an effective team and great work environment."
The transition began a year-and-a-half ago when Mr. Avinelis began to step back from his CEO duties and Mr. Mabs began to take on the responsibilities of leading the company.
Owners John and Cindy France, who have worked with Mr. Avinelis and Mr. Mabs in planning this transition since 2011, said in the press release, "We have worked with Scott for many years and have seen his exceptional leadership skills and we wholeheartedly support this transition. Our deep and heartfelt thanks go to Tom for not only his friendship but for his leadership under which this company has seen extraordinary growth. We are very confident in the team that has been built at this company and look forward to continuing our commitment to our growers and customers in the future."
"This would not be possible if it wasn't for the incredible team that we have here at Homegrown," Mr. Mabs said in the press release. "I feel honored to lead the company forward and continue what John France and Tom Avinelis created."