Shane Marston, Former Progressive Produce Director of Sales, Joins CMI

Thu. November 13th, 2014 - by Christofer Oberst

WENATCHEE, WA - Shane Marston, a produce veteran with more than 20 years of experience, has joined Columbia Marketing International’s (CMI) sales team. The former Senior Buyer for Kroger and Director of Sales for the Progressive Produce NW Division will leverage his vast retail knowledge and experience to improve the value proposition CMI offers to its clients.

Steve Castleman, Domestic Sales ManagerSteve Castleman, CMI’s Domestic Sales Manager, echoed this sentiment, noting that Shane’s collective experience will be a great fit for CMI’s sales team. “Shane has a well-balanced background of working with both growers and retailers to create a win-win situation in which both parties are obtaining profitable results,” said Castleman. “We look for Shane to drive programs forward and to continually improve the service we provide to the retail community.”

As the Director of Sales for the Progressive Produce NW Division, Shane handled over 70% of yearly sales, according to a press release. Before Progressive Produce, he was the Produce Director for Unified Grocers of Seattle. He formerly served at Kroger for 14 years in multiple positions, last as a senior buyer. Shane also brings a wealth of legislative and regulatory experience to CMI, having served as a Board Member for the Washington State Potato and Onion Association.

Congrats on joining CMI, Shane!

Columbia Marketing International