Meet the Team

Management

Max Yeater
President / Chief Executive Officer

Max Yeater joined PRO*ACT in 1994 as a commodity buyer. Throughout his tenure he’s held positions of increasing responsibility, including Vice President of Procurement, a title he held from August 2000 until his promotion to Chief Operating Officer in 2007, and then promoted to President in January 2011. In 2016, Max had the title of CEO added to his position. He has overseen the successful development of PRO*ACT's strategic grower/shipper relationships, contracts, and consolidated purchasing programs which bring value to PRO*ACT’s suppliers, distributors, and multi-unit customers.

As CEO / President, Max focuses on long-term strategic planning and accountability for PRO*ACT.

When he's away from the office Max enjoys golfing, cars and being a dad!

Bob Kiehnle
Chief Financial Officer

Bob Kiehnle joined PRO*ACT in October 2007 as Chief Financial Officer with more than 25 years of financial management experience. Most recently he was a Partner in the Dallas practice of Tatum, LLC, a nationwide professional service firm. Previous positions include Chief Financial Officer with TradeMC Inc., WorldPoint Logistics, and Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer for Fresh America Corp.

Bob is responsible for leading the strategic financial direction of PRO*ACT and Harvest Sensations.

Bob has a MBA from the University of Oregon and a BA from the University of California Davis.

When away from the office, Bob enjoys trekking and golfing.

Brian Kane
Chief Operating Officer

Brian Kane joined PRO*ACT in July 2008 as Vice President of Client Services and was promoted to Chief Operating Officer in January 2013. Brian has more than 15 years experience in the foodservice industry, holding positions of increasing responsibility related to category management, commodity purchasing, and the management of broadline and produce distribution. His additional experience includes restaurant openings, food costing, commodity contracting, and menu development.

As COO he is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the company with Procurement, Client Services, Retail, Marketing, Business Development, and Food Safety all under his leadership.

Brian's hobbies include golfing and family time, including his son's soccer games and daughter's gymnastics.

Lloyd Ligier
Vice President Business Development

Lloyd is responsible for developing initiatives, strategies, and programs that impact the distribution network of PRO*ACT.

He was part of the PRO*ACT team from 1994 to 1997 as the Director of Business Development. After working in the industry for five years in a consulting capacity, Lloyd returned to PRO*ACT in 2002 to the position of Vice President of Business Development.

A 51-year industry veteran, Lloyd spent 30 years with G&G Produce Company in Los Angeles. He has a BA in Economics from the University of Southern California.

When he is away from the office, Lloyd can be found golfing, enjoying family time with his four grandchildren and shopping at Costco!

Phil Penny
Vice President Information Technology

Phil Penny joined PRO*ACT in 2006 as Vice President Information Technology with more than 20 years in information technology and executive management experience. He was most recently the Chief Information Officer for Pavestone Co., LLP and prior to that held executive management positions at NTSC Dallas and with FreshPoint, Inc.

Phil is responsible for PRO*ACT’s information technology initiatives as well as being a resource for PRO*ACT’s network of distributors.

Phil has a BA in Economics and History from the University of Liverpool, England.

In his spare time Phil enjoys golfing, gardening and traveling.

Dave Peterson
Senior Vice President of Sales

Dave Peterson joined PRO*ACT in March of 2016. Dave is responsible for developing, implementing and managing the PRO*ACT Sales Strategy and Sales Team. Dave’s career in fresh produce sales, marketing, procurement and distribution spans thirty five plus years. Dave has been in similar executive roles with Fresh Express, Sysco Foods, Sun World International and Kingston Fresh Marketing.
Dave and his wife Angie reside in Salinas.

When he is away from the office Dave enjoys, golf, motorcycles, travel and time with family.

Kelly Jacob
Vice President Retail and Emerging Channels

Kelly Jacob joined PRO*ACT in December 2011 as Vice President of Retail Sales. Kelly has more than 25 years experience in the retail industry with focus on business development and sales. She has managed existing accounts or created new business at both national and regional retailers across the United States.

Kelly leads the company’s focus into the retail sector which includes food-safety-focused local grower programs and forward-availability services utilizing PRO*ACT’s extensive U.S. and Canadian distribution network.

Kelly holds a BA in Marketing from Texas A&M University.

Kelly enjoys hiking, road-tripping, good eats exploring, minimal body toning, tortured yoyo dieting and thrill seeking.

Anthony Molinaro
Vice President of Client Services

Anthony Molinaro joined PRO*ACT in January 2010 as Client Services Sales Director, and was promoted to Vice President of Client Services in June 2013. Prior to PRO*ACT, Anthony was the Senior Director Global Supply Chain & Vendor Management at Starwood Hotels, which he joined in March 2001. He held previous produce and distribution management positions with Alliant Foodservice (now US Foods) and Monteverde Produce as well as other produce specialists in the Northeast.

Anthony leads the company’s Client Services team as they continue strengthening and raising the awareness of benefits PRO*ACT brings to produce supply chain management for existing and prospective clients.

When not in the office, Anthony can be found golfing, skiing or running.

Michael Jantschke
Director of Food Safety

Michael Jantschke joined PRO*ACT in 2007 with more than 20 years of food safety, sanitation, and quality experience. Prior to PRO*ACT, Michael provided training and education, auditing, and technical assistance to a number of companies through his own food consulting business. His long tenure with the Grocery Manufacturers/Food Products Association (formerly known as the National Food Processors Association), culminated with a position as a senior-level scientist leading a group that provided FPA member companies with expert advice in food safety, microbiology and regulatory compliance. Prior experience also includes positions with Dole Packaged Foods and Dole Thailand Ltd.

Michael’s role is to strengthen PRO*ACT’s compliance requirements with its suppliers and distributors as well as work closely with PRO*ACT customers and industry trade associations to develop collaborative approaches on issues of food safety and regulatory compliance.

Michael holds a BS in Biology from Philipps University, Marburg, Germany, a MS in Food Technology and Science from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and has completed graduate-level course work in International Agricultural Development at U.C. Davis.

Michael enjoys following international politics in his spare time.

Joe Cimino
Vice President of Procurement

Joe Cimino joined PRO*ACT in 2000 as a Product Manager, in November 2007, was promoted to Director of Procurement, and in April 2017 became our Vice President of Procurement. Joe has more than 20 years experience in the produce industry. He began his produce career at his family’s business, Cimino Brothers Produce, a fourth-generation produce company in Salinas, Calif.

He is responsible for overseeing the procurement, quality, and logistics departments as well as supplier relations and contract negotiations.

Joe spends his leisure time watching sporting and live music events and spending time with his family.

Joe Piedimonte
Controller

Joe Piedimonte joined PRO*ACT in March 2014 as Controller with more than 15 years in various roles of financial management, from Operations Controller to Chief Financial Officer. His last position was as Controller for the grower/shipper Church Brothers, where he was responsible for the day-to-day operations of accounting for a $300 million company which included an annual audit, grower accounting, incentives, farm accounting, as well as harvesting financial analysis. Joe brings with him a track record of innovative budgeting and reporting from a diverse background that includes construction, food service and farming. He has planned and implemented many Accounting and ERP system upgrades.

As Controller for PRO*ACT he is responsible for leading the finance team as well managing banking relationships and risk management.

Joe has a BS In Management/Business Administration from St Mary’s College of Moraga (cum laude).

Joe's hobbies include mountain biking, fishing, family and food.

Brian Denton
Director of Marketing & Brand Development

Brian Denton joined PRO*ACT in 2014 with over 10 years experience leading marketing teams serving the produce, technology, automotive and non-profit sectors.

As Director of Marketing, Brian is responsible for leading the marketing team, setting strategic marketing direction, while working to promote PRO*ACT, our suppliers and distributors through key communication initiatives.

Brian enjoys spending time with his family, and assisting non-profit communication endeavors.

Administration & Human Resources

Denise Adams
Executive Assistant

Joined PRO*ACT: March 1999
Years in Industry: 15
Denise's hobbies include cooking, reading and gardening.

Erika Huey
Office Events and Services Manager

Joined PRO*ACT: April, 2015
Years in Industry: 9
Erika enjoys baking for family, friends and coworkers, hiking, to burn off her award-winning cheesecakes, and spending time with her husband and three children.

Theresa McCullough
Operations Administrative Assistant

Joined PRO*ACT: January 2015
Years in industry: 20
Theresa's hobbies include road biking, gardening and hiking the beautiful Bay Area path and parks, trying new recipes, and quality time with family and friends.

Sandra Griffith
Human Resources Manager

Joined PRO*ACT: 2015
Years in Industry: 7
Sandra's hobbies include running with friends, enjoying the local beaches, baking, and playing with her kids.

Jane Balleisen
Human Resources / Benefits Coordinator

Joined PRO*ACT: November 2015
Years in Industry: 20
Jane enjoys spending time with her five grand children and is an avid follower of the San Fransisco Giants & San Jose Sharks. In her free time she enjoys cooking, baking, and gardening

Business Development

Lloyd Ligier
Vice President Business Development

Lloyd is responsible for developing initiatives, strategies, and programs that impact the distribution network of PRO*ACT.

He was part of the PRO*ACT team from 1994 to 1997 as the Director of Business Development. After working in the industry for five years in a consulting capacity, Lloyd returned to PRO*ACT in 2002 to the position of Vice President of Business Development.

A 45-year industry veteran, Lloyd spent 30 years with G&G Produce Company in Los Angeles. He has a BA in Economics from the University of Southern California.

When he is away from the office, Lloyd can be found golfing, enjoying family time with his six grandchildren and shopping at Costco!

Doug Fisher
Business Development Analyst

Doug’s responsibility is to analyze and create opportunities that lead to internal and external procurement sales growth.

Doug came to Pro*Act after the sale of Bozeman Produce Company, LLC in Bozeman, Montana. He was the founder and managing partner of that company, which he opened in 1999. Bozeman Produce was a wholesale distribution company that serviced retail and foodservice accounts. Prior to that, Doug worked as a broker in Salinas.

Doug is a fifth-generation Salinas Valley native. His family is active in agriculture and ranching. In his spare time, Doug enjoys working outdoors, ranch work and spending time with his family.

Client Development

Dave Peterson
Senior Vice President of Sales

Dave Peterson joined PRO*ACT in March of 2016. Dave is responsible for developing, implementing and managing the PRO*ACT Sales Strategy and Sales Team. Dave’s career in fresh produce sales, marketing, procurement and distribution spans thirty five plus years. Dave has been in similar executive roles with Fresh Express, Sysco Foods, Sun World International and Kingston Fresh Marketing.
Dave and his wife Angie reside in Salinas.

When he is away from the office Dave enjoys, golf, motorcycles, travel and time with family.

Russ Wingo
Vice President of Client Development

Russ Wingo joined PRO*ACT in May 2014 as Vice President of Client Development. He has more than 30 years of experience in the foodservice industry. Prior to PRO*ACT, Russ was Vice President of Sales for FreshPoint, Sysco’s produce division. His career also includes previous positions as Director of Sales and Marketing for Produce Alliance and Division Vice President of Sales at PYA-Monarch.

In his current role, Russ is responsible for obtaining and developing new multi-unit program business along with providing value-added services to current PRO*ACT customers.

When he is away from the office he enjoys his grandchildren, art collecting and golf.



Kristie Waters
Vice President of Client Development

Kristie Waters joined PRO*ACT in August 2016.
Kristie has 15 years of foodservice distribution expertise including recruitment, management, business development, operations, marketing and purchasing.
In her new role, Kristie is utilizing her experience to create “think outside the box” programs for multi-unit businesses tied to the PRO*ACT value proposition of the “One Touch” solution.
In her spare time, Kristie enjoys living an active and healthy lifestyle, travel and spending quality time with her family.

Mark Frankenberg
Vice President of Client Development

Mark Frankenberg joined the PRO*ACT team in June of 2016 as Vice President of Client Development.
Mark has 30+ years in foodservice distribution inclusive of sales and business development, customer services, warehouse operations, logistics and transportation.
In this role, Mark will be collaborating with PRO*ACT partners and colleagues to develop new multi-unit programs through a very principled and strong strategic approach.
Mark and his wife Lora live in Amelia Island, Florida.
Mark enjoys family activities, fishing, and golf.

Client Services

Anthony Molinaro
Vice President of Client Services

Anthony Molinaro joined PRO*ACT in January 2010 as Client Services Sales Director, and was promoted to Vice President of Client Services in June 2013. Prior to PRO*ACT, Anthony was the Senior Director Global Supply Chain & Vendor Management at Starwood Hotels, which he joined in March 2001. He held previous produce and distribution management positions with Alliant Foodservice (now US Foods) and Monteverde Produce as well as other produce specialists in the Northeast.

Anthony leads the company’s Client Services team as they continue strengthening and raising the awareness of benefits PRO*ACT brings to produce supply chain management for existing and prospective clients.

When not in the office, Anthony can be found golfing, skiing or running.

Dan Bhada
Client Services Director

Dan Bhada joined PRO*ACT in September 2013 as Director of Client Services in the Northeast. Prior to PRO*ACT, Dan was Director of Retail/manufacturing Sales for J. Kings Foodservice Professionals. His career also includes experience in the restaurant segment, including positions at Compass Group, Honu Restaurant Group and Romano's Macaroni Grill.

Dan is responsible for obtaining and developing new multi-unit program business along with providing value-added services to current PRO*ACT customers.

When he is away from the office he enjoys golfing, tennis, running and guitar.

Scot Campbell
Client Services Director

Scot Campbell joined PRO*ACT in June 2014 as Client Services Director. Prior to PRO*ACT, Scot was a Sales Manager for Energy Wise Solutions. He has experience in a variety of managerial positions including Staples Inc., Insight Sales, Macey's and Costco.

Scot is responsible for obtaining and developing new multi-unit program business along with providing value-added services to current PRO*ACT customers.

His hobbies include soccer and chess.

Jennifer Osborne
Client Services Director

Jennifer Osborne joined PRO*ACT in April 2010 as Client Services Sales Director. Prior to PRO*ACT, Jennifer was most recently Director of Sales for Classic Salads, Watsonville, Calif. She held previous sales and management positions at Fresh Innovations, Dole Fresh Vegetables, Fresh Express and Grower’s Express. Jennifer is a graduate of California Polytechnic University with a BS in Agricultural Business Management.

Jennifer enjoyed outdoor activities, volunteering at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and spending time with her family, friends and her dogs.

Danny Krow
Client Services Director

Danny Krow joined PRO*ACT in August 2015 as Client Services Sales Director. Prior to PRO*ACT, Danny worked for several years in sales, operations and transportation with FreshPoint.  He has also worked on the manufacturer side, including positions at Chobani and ConAgra Foods. His responsibilities have included interfacing and relationship building with national accounts, brokers and distributors.

Danny enjoys playing basketball and watching WWE wrestling.

Client Systems

Darren Springer
Director of Client Services Systems

Darren Springer joined PRO*ACT in November 2008 as Director of Client Service Systems. Prior to PRO*ACT, Darren worked for Muir Copper Canyon, a PRO*ACT distribution company based in Salt Lake City, where he was most recently the Sales Director. Darren held many positions of increasing responsibility with Muir Copper Canyon in his 10 year tenure and has a well established understanding of product specifications, operational issues, and food safety programs.

Danielle Smith
Client Systems Manager

Joined PRO*ACT: August 2014
Years in Industry: 6
Her hobbies include spending time with family on the Central Coast, horseback riding, hiking and country music.

Kurt Brown
Client Systems Manager

Joined PRO*ACT: February 2014
Years in Industry: 5
Kurt's hobbies include cycling, skiing, scuba diving, rock climbing, mixology, haute cuisine, hiking and trail building.

Jillian Burnet
Client Systems Manager

Joined PRO*ACT: April 2012
Years in the Produce/Food Industry: 4
Years in Finance Industry: 4
Jillian's hobbies include reading, traveling and baking.

Jessica Bradley
Client Systems Coordinator

Joined PRO*ACT: September 2015
Years in Industry: 4
Jessica enjoys running, hiking, camping and spending time with family & friends.

Shelley Fouts
Client Systems Manager

Joined PRO*ACT: August 2013
Years in Industry: 1
When she's away from the office, Shelley enjoys traveling.

Jody Rodriguez
Client Systems Contract Coordinator

Joined PRO*ACT: May 2016
Years in Industry: 1
Jody enjoys reading, hanging at the beach with her two dogs and wonderful husband, along with volunteering in the community and spending time with family & friends.

Claudia Perez
Client Systems Coordinator

Joined PRO*ACT: August 2014
Years in the Produce/Food Industry: 3
Claudia enjoys walking, hiking, traveling and spending quality time with her family.

Finance

Bob Kiehnle
Chief Financial Officer

Bob Kiehnle joined PRO*ACT in October 2007 as Chief Financial Officer with more than 25 years of financial management experience. Most recently he was a Partner in the Dallas practice of Tatum, LLC, a nationwide professional service firm. Previous positions include Chief Financial Officer with TradeMC Inc., WorldPoint Logistics, and Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer for Fresh America Corp.

Bob is responsible for leading the strategic financial direction of PRO*ACT and Harvest Sensations.

Bob has a MBA from the University of Oregon and a BA from the University of California Davis.

When away from the office, Bob enjoys trekking and golfing.

Joe Piedmonte
Controller

Joe Piedimonte joined PRO*ACT in March 2014 as Controller with more than 15 years in various roles of financial management, from Operations Controller to Chief Financial Officer. His last position was as Controller for the grower/shipper Church Brothers, where he was responsible for the day-to-day operations of accounting for a $300 million company which included an annual audit, grower accounting, incentives, farm accounting, as well as harvesting financial analysis. Joe brings with him a track record of innovative budgeting and reporting from a diverse background that includes construction, food service and farming. He has planned and implemented many Accounting and ERP system upgrades.

As Controller for PRO*ACT he is responsible for leading the finance team as well managing banking relationships and risk management.

Joe has a BS In Management/Business Administration from St Mary’s College of Moraga (cum laude).

Joe's hobbies include mountain biking, fishing, family and food.

Katherine Luna
Assistant Controller

Joined PRO*ACT: January 1994
Years in the Produce/Food Industry: 20
Years in Finance Industry: 20
Katherine enjoys rubberstamping and spending time with her family.

Michele Taylor
Accounts Payable Supervisor

Joined PRO*ACT: June 2000
Years in the Produce/Food Industry: 21
Years in Finance Industry: 25
Michele's hobbies include traveling, hiking with her husband and dog, cooking for family gatherings and thrift shopping/shopping with friends.

Marie Czaja
Accounts Payable Coordinator

Joined PRO*ACT: September 2006
Years in the Produce/Food Industry: 7
Years in Finance Industry: 12
Maria's hobbies include knitting, quilting, needlepoint, Giants baseball and her 4-legged kids.

Susan Gaskins
Account Receivable Coordinator

Joined PRO*ACT: May 2000
Years in the Produce/Food Industry: 13
Years in Finance Industry: 13
Susan's hobbies include family and friend time including sons' sporting events, cooking, sports photography and videography.

Jillian Juarez
Account Receivable Coordinator

Joined PRO*ACT: February 2011
Years in the Produce/Food Industry: 3
Years in Finance Industry: 3
Jillian's hobbies include Salsa dancing, cooking and baking.

Ruth Padgett
Accounts Payable Coordinator

Joined PRO*ACT: September 2011
Years in the Produce/Food Industry: 3
Years in Finance Industry: 3
Ruth enjoys reading and bargain hunting.

Sam Ramirez
Financial Analyst

Joined PRO*ACT: June 2007
Years in the Produce/Food Industry: 7
Years in Finance Industry: 8
Sam enjoys spending time with family, playing baseball and cooking.

Kathy Seamans
Accounts Receivable Supervisor

Joined PRO*ACT: April 1997
Years in the Produce/Food Industry: 17
Years in Finance Industry: 27
Kathy’s hobbies include decorative painting, card making and cooking and spending time with her family.

Yolanda Wall
Accounts Receivable Coordinator

Joined PRO*ACT: July 2009
Years in the Produce/Food Industry: 11
Years in Finance Industry: 17
Yolanda's hobbies include reading, volunteer at the Renaissance Faire and cross stitch.

Annette Falcon
Accounts Payable Coordinator

Joined PRO*ACT: July 2017
Years in the Produce/Food Industry: 1
Annette enjoys her children.

Stephanie Behrens
Payroll Coordinator

Joined PRO*ACT: September 2015
Years in the Produce/Food Industry: 10
Years in Finance Industry: 20
Stephanie's hobbies include woodworking, painting, music and spending time with her family.

Food Safety, Sustainability & Quality Assurance

Michael Jantschke
Director of Food Safety

Michael Jantschke joined PRO*ACT in 2007 with more than 20 years of food safety, sanitation, and quality experience. Prior to PRO*ACT, Michael provided training and education, auditing, and technical assistance to a number of companies through his own food consulting business. His long tenure with the Grocery Manufacturers/Food Products Association (formerly known as the National Food Processors Association), culminated with a position as a senior-level scientist leading a group that provided FPA member companies with expert advice in food safety, microbiology and regulatory compliance. Prior experience also includes positions with Dole Packaged Foods and Dole Thailand Ltd.

Michael’s role is to strengthen PRO*ACT’s compliance requirements with its suppliers and distributors as well as work closely with PRO*ACT end-user customers and industry trade associations to develop collaborative approaches on issues of food safety and regulatory compliance.

Michael holds a B.S. in Biology from Philipps University, Marburg, Germany, a M.S. in Food Technology and Science from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and has completed graduate-level course work in International Agricultural Development at U.C. Davis.

Michael enjoys following international politics in his spare time.

Tim Lynch
Quality Assurance

Joined PRO*ACT: April 1997
Years in Industry: 26
Tim's hobbies include scuba diving and fishing.

Anne Nichols
Sustainability Manager

Joined PRO*ACT: June 2015
Years in the Produce/Food Industry: 1
Anne enjoys perusing local art festivals, hiking with her dog, and cheering on the Atlanta Braves.

Hannah Ricci
Sustainability Coordinator

Joined PRO*ACT: May 2017
Years in the Produce/Food Industry: 1
Hannah enjoys high-caloric foods, hiking,
outdoor activities, Tevas, and growing her own food.

Jennifer Boone
Mid-America Sustainability Coordinator

Joined PRO*ACT: January 2017
Years in the Produce/Food Industry: 2
Jennifer enjoys teaching yoga, running, and cooking with her fiancé.

Ashley Lin
Southeast Sustainability Coordinator

Joined PRO*ACT: January 2017
Years in the Produce/Food Industry: 1
Ashley enjoys cooking, hiking, dancing, and going to festivals.

Cierra Kephart
Food Safety Coordinator

Joined PRO*ACT: April 2017
Years in the Produce/Food Industry: 1
Cierra enjoys running, hiking, and going to Disneyland.

Information Technology

Phil Penny
Vice President Information Technology

Phil Penny joined PRO*ACT in 2006 as Vice President Information Technology with over 20 years in Information Technology and executive management experience. He was most recently the Chief Information Officer for Pavestone Co., LLP and prior to that held executive management positions at NTSC Dallas and with FreshPoint, Inc.

Phil is responsible for PRO*ACT’s Information Technology initiatives as well as being a resource for PRO*ACT’s network of distributors.

Phil has a BA in Economics and History from the University of Liverpool, England.

In his spare time Phil enjoys golfing, gardening and traveling.

Erwin Albizu
Director of Technology Services

Joined PRO*ACT: November 2016
Years in Industry: 18
Erwin enjoys

Daryl Davis
eServices Developer

Joined PRO*ACT: August 2010
Years in Industry: 4
Daryl's hobbies include diplomacy, video games, kites and learning to fly.

Brian Earley
IT Operations Manager

Joined PRO*ACT: April 2007
Years in Industry: 7
Brian's hobbies include spending time with family and friends and assisted education with his kid's school activities.

Patrick James
eServices Developer

Joined PRO*ACT: April 2012
Years in Industry: 3
Patrick's hobbies include hosting Karaoke/playing music at clubs and events, spending time with family, hiking and exploring new places.

Jeff Robinson
Applications Development Manager

Joined PRO*ACT: November 2006
Years in Industry: 13
Jeff's hobbies include golf, reading and cooking.

Robert Rodriguez
Desktop Support Specialist

Joined PRO*ACT: November 2010
Years in Industry: 4
Robert enjoys spending time with his family.

Michael Merilos
IT Support Analyst

Joined PRO*ACT: March 2015
Years in Industry: 15
Michael enjoys martial arts, poker and paintball.

Marketing

Brian Denton
Director of Marketing & Brand Development Brian Denton joined PRO*ACT in 2014 with over 10 years experience leading marketing teams serving the produce, technology, automotive and non-profit sectors.

As Director of Marketing, Brian is responsible for leading the marketing team, setting strategic marketing direction, while working to promote PRO*ACT, our suppliers and distributors through key communication initiatives.

Brian enjoys spending time with his family, and assisting non-profit communication endeavors.
Mary Wright-Rana
Director of Marketing Relations Joined PRO*ACT: February 2003
Years in Industry: 14
Mary's hobbies include hanging out with her husband, family and friends and, of course, shopping.
Stephen Medina
Marketing Manager Joined PRO*ACT: March 2015
Years in Industry: 6
Stephen enjoys running, playing golf and hockey, spending time with his family, and road trips.
Mackenzie Lovelace
Marketing Coordinator Joined PRO*ACT: March 2017
Years in Industry: 3
Mackenzie enjoys hiking, movies, camping, and spending time with her husband.

Procurement

Joe Cimino
Vice President of Procurement

Joe Cimino joined PRO*ACT in 2000 as a Product Manager, in November 2007, was promoted to Director of Procurement, and in April 2017 became our Vice President of Procurement. Joe has more than 20 years experience in the produce industry. He began his produce career at his family’s business, Cimino Brothers Produce, a fourth-generation produce company in Salinas, Calif.

He is responsible for overseeing the procurement, quality, and logistics departments as well as supplier relations and contract negotiations.

Joe spends his leisure time watching sporting and live music events and spending time with his family.
He is responsible for overseeing the procurement, quality, and logistics departments as well as supplier relations and contract negotiations.

Joe spends his leisure time watching sporting and live music events and spending time with his family.

Mike Gorczyca
Sourcing Manager

Commodities: Potatoes and onions
Joined PRO*ACT: March 1995
Years in the Industry: 20
Mike's hobbies include surfing and fishing.

Brad Tremblay
Procurement Manager

Commodities: Grapes and stone fruit
Joined Pro*Act: 2010
Years in Industry: 34
Brad's hobbies include golfing, reading, fitness and enjoying spending time with his family.

Debbie Enos
Administrative Assistant

Joined PRO*ACT: September 2008
Years in Industry: 3
Debbie enjoys camping and boating.

Gabe Romero
Sourcing Specialist

Commodities: Asparagus, lettuce, leaf mix veg, value added, spring mix, garlic
Joined PRO*ACT: January 2004
Years in Industry: 19
Gabe's hobbies include outdoor activities, cooking, working out and watching his children play sports.

Sean Azzelio
Sourcing Specialist

Commodities: Grapes, Stone Fruit
Joined PRO*ACT: November 2014
Years in industry: 11
Sean enjoys riding dirt bikes, camping, boating, golf, fast cars, weekend get-a-ways and spending time with family and friends.

Tim Kelley
Sourcing Specialist

Commodities: Avocado, carrots, citrus, corn, pineapple
Joined PRO*ACT: July 1997
Years in Industry: 26
Tim's hobbies include outdoor activities and spending time with his wife.

Jim Murphy
Sourcing Specialist

Commodities: Melons, limes
Joined PRO*ACT: May 2006
Years in Industry: 29
Jim’s hobbies include spending time with his family and going to church.

Mike Pacheco
Sourcing Specialist

Commodities: Asparagus, garlic, organics, row crop, spring mix, value added
Joined PRO*ACT: March 2008
Years in Industry: 17
Mike's hobbies include Fantasy Football and cooking.

John Tole
Sourcing Specialist

Commodities: Apples and juice
Joined PRO*ACT: December 2009
Years in Industry: 20
John's hobbies include Jujitsu and golf .

John Davidson
Sourcing Specialist

Commodities: Stone fruit, grapes, carrots
Joined Pro*Act: April 2017
Years in Industry: 24
John's hobbies include bicycling, working out, hiking, watching sports, reading, traveling, and family time with his wife and two kids.

Judy Atwood
Account Manager

Joined PRO*ACT: March 2010
Years in Industry: 21
Judy enjoys boating, horses and camping with her grandchildren.

Matt Connelly
Account Manager

Joined PRO*ACT: 2012
Years in Industry: 5
Matt enjoys traveling, comedy, cooking, football and baseball.

Mick Lauritson
Account Manager

Joined PRO*ACT: March 2009
Years in Industry: 37
Mick enjoys playing guitar and sports.

Jonathan Mulé
Senior Account Manager

Joined PRO*ACT: September 2006
Years in Industry: 13
Jonathan enjoys playing golf, fishing, and spending time with his family.

Mike McIntire
Account Manager

Joined PRO*ACT: September 1999
Years in Industry: 26
Mike enjoys golf and going to the gym.

Angela Qualls
Senior Account Manager

Joined PRO*ACT: January 2007
Years in Industry: 11
Angela enjoys hiking, running, relaxing and watching reality TV shows.

Roni Sakay
Senior Account Manager

Joined PRO*ACT: July 2005
Years in Industry: 22
Roni enjoys watching her kids play sports, baking, crafting and spending time with her family.

Kristen Rodrigues
Account Manager

Joined PRO*ACT: June 2014
Years in Industry: 14
Kristen enjoys volunteering, couponing, and taking care of her 3 girls.

Janette Gomez
Account Manager

Joined PRO*ACT:
December, 2014
Years in Industry: 11
Janette likes to
plan trips/weekend getaways, explore fine cuisine, cycle, and spend quality time with her family.

Joey Piedimonte
Account Manager

Joined PRO*ACT: September 2015
Years in the Industry: 2
Joey enjoys spearfishing, working out, and cooking for friends and family.

Mike Magana
Account Manager

Joined PRO*ACT: March 2017
Years in the Industry: 15
Mike is an avid fisherman and cyclist. He enjoys outdoor activities with his kids.

Michelle Thomassin
Account Manager

Joined PRO*ACT: June 2017
Years in the Industry: 17
Michelle enjoys spending time with family and friends, sporting events, shopping, and the outdoors.

Marty Howington
Account Manager

Joined PRO*ACT: June 2017
Years in the Industry: 30
Marty enjoys hiking with his dog at Fort Ord and saltwater fishing.

Donna Turpin
Lead Assistant

Joined PRO*ACT: March 2008
Years in the Industry: 35
Donna enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, weekend get aways & trips.

Meyree Escobar
Account Assistant

Joined PRO*ACT: February 2017
Years in the Industry: 1
Meyree enjoys going to the gym and spending time with her daughter.

Jamie Dow
Account Manager

Joined PRO*ACT: July 2017
Years in the Industry: 1
Jamie enjoys traveling, camping, boating, hiking, and spending time with her friends and family.

Zach Zardo
Sales Assistant

Joined PRO*ACT: July 2017
Years in the Industry: 1
Zach enjoys barbecuing, hiking, golfing, and snowboarding.

Reilly Springer
Account Assistant

Joined PRO*ACT: December 2016
Years in the Industry: 1
Reilly enjoys the outdoors, soccer, and Dr. Pepper

Retail & Emerging Channels

Kelly Jacob
Vice President Retail and Emerging Channels

Kelly Jacob joined PRO*ACT in December 2011 as Vice President of Retail Sales. Kelly has more than 25 years experience in the retail industry with focus on business development and sales. She has managed existing or created new business at both national and regional retailers across the United States.

Kelly leads the company’s focus into the retail sector that will include food-safety focused local grower programs, forward-availability services utilizing PRO*ACT’s extensive U.S. and Canadian distribution network.

Kelly holds a B.A. in Marketing from Texas A&M University.

Kelly enjoys hiking, road-tripping, good eats exploring, minimal body toning, tortured yoyo dieting and thrill seeking.

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