Mann Packing Welcomes Martin Flewell as Director of Business Development and Paul Eads to Its Newly-Created Director of Human Resources Position

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Thu. February 25th, 2016 - by Melissa De Leon Chavez

SALINAS, CA – The Mann Packing team continues to grow, this time with a new Director of Business Development and Director of Human Resources.

Martin Flewell, a 12 year veteran of Taylor Farms, moves into the role of Director of Business Development, where Mann’s stated he will be focusing on building sales, product line optimization, and new product development.

Rick Russo, Executive VP of Sales and Marketing, Mann Packing“I feel Martin’s diverse background is perfect to become a key contributor to Mann’s continued growth, which has already been on a terrific pace over the past few years,” Rick Russo, Executive VP of Sales and Marketing and the one Flewell will report to directly, said, according to a press release.

Martin Flewell, Director of Business Development, Mann Packing

His last position with Taylor Farms was VP of Business Development, prior to which he worked directly with customers as a Product Manager. He originally started his produce career in sales at Dole Fresh Vegetables.

Paul Eads is moving into the newly created position of Director of Human Resources for Mann Packing, where he will report to Lorri Koster, Chairman and CEO.

Lorri Koster, Chairman and CEO, Mann Packing“The size and scope of our business today requires someone with a strategic vision on human capital management,” Koster commented on Eads’ addition. “I look forward to working with Paul in his new position towards creating the ultimate work environment for our employees.”

Paul Eads, Director of Human Resources, Mann PackingEads crosses over to the produce industry after most recently having managed human resources for a workforce of over 800 employees at family-owned Bronco Wine Company in the central valley of California.

Before that, he worked in a variety of HR positions with International Paper in several locations, including Modesto, CA, Vicksburg, MS, and Memphis, TN.

As Director of Human Resources, Mann’s stated that Eads will be responsible for providing strategic, integrated direction on business issues with human resource implications.

The new position has been put in place to support management through a variety of human resource-related focus areas including:

  • Recruiting
  • Training and development
  • Employee onboarding
  • Succession planning
  • Performance management processes
  • Employee wellness programs

Eads’ position will also oversee payroll, benefit administration, policy development, and union relations.

Congratulations to both of the newest additions to the Mann Packing team.

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