Tanimura & Antle Adds Tom Ryan and Rick Dacey to Sales Team and Announces Recent Promotions and Appointments; Brian Antle and Karen Pflaum Share

Tue. July 20th, 2021 - by Peggy Packer

SALINAS, CA - Growth is definitely on the horizon for this supplier, as Tanimura & Antle has announced several strategic changes to its sales team, revealing pivotal additions and promotions as it pursues long-term growth.

To bolster its sales team, the company has hired multiple new members and reorganized existing sales staff, promoting vital sales team members to man the helm. Amongst those new leaders are Tom Ryan and Rick Dacey, who have joined the company’s new dedicated regional sales team as Regional Sales Managers, reporting to Senior Director of Regional Sales, Karen Pflaum.

Tanimura & Antle is bolstering its sales force as it announced several strategic changes and promotions in pursuit of long-term growth

Ryan served as Regional Sales Manager for Tanimura & Antle previously from 2005 to 2014, according to a press release, and has been representing a number of produce companies independently for the past few years, including the Organic Grower Summit, Grower Network, and Del Fresco Produce.

Dacey has served as the Director of Eastern Region Sales for Earthbound Farms for nearly 13 years, and has worked as a regional sales representative for State Garden/Olivia’s Organics, Pero Family Farms, and JBS.

Brian Antle, Executive Vice President of Sales, Tanimura & Antle“Moving back into the Tanimura & Antle office and being tasked with leading the sales team is a great opportunity and challenge that I’ve been enjoying,” said Brian Antle, Executive Vice President of Sales. “It’s not every day that you get the opportunity to work with a talented, knowledgeable group like this and also have the freedom to build out the team as you see fit. The reorganization and promotions within our existing team along with our new hires gives us the ability to better support existing customers and introduce new customers to our families of premium fresh produce.”

Tanimura & Antle’s sales department is now organized into regionally focused teams, a national team, and a foodservice team, as noted in the release.

Karen Pflaum, Senior Director of Regional Sales, Tanimura & Antle“As we continue to build upon our customer relationships, we look forward to having additional boots on the ground to ensure our customers have everything they need in order to sell and market our premium fresh produce,” said Karen Pflaum, Senior Director of Regional Sales. “Our team of regional sales people will accentuate our already turnkey sales department.”

Other recent additions to the company include:

  • Roberto Ornelas as Product Manager, previously from Ippolito International
  • Mykayla Latronica as Senior Sales Analyst, recently graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a MS in Food Science
  • Valerie Serna as Transportation Planner, previously from Ippolito International
  • Thomas Wheelus as Foodservice Sales Manager, previously from Taylor Farms
  • Jordan Vosti as VMI Sales Manager, previously from Sysco

As part of the changes, Tanimura & Antle’s sales department is now organized into regionally focused teams, a national team, and a foodservice team

The following leaders were promoted from within the company:

  • Dina Mendiola promoted to Account Manager
  • Elizabeth Annis promoted to Export Account Manager
  • Diana Garcia promoted to Foodservice Account Manager
  • Dominique Ziers promoted to Account Manager
  • Aaron Flowers promoted to Sales Coordinator
  • Jack Duffy promoted to Sales Coordinator

To meet the newest members of this powerful sales team, stop by booth #318 at the PMA Foodservice in Monterey, California, this week!

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