CASTROVILLE, CA - What’s better than one new leader? That’s easy—three new leaders! Sharing some exciting news, Ocean Mist® Farms has announced the promotion of three of its associates to the role of Director. The artichoke maven has tapped Bobby Bellew as Director of Farming, Serafin Ruiz as Director of Harvesting, and Glen Alameda as Director of Supply Chain and Compliance, all of whom will work together to strategically bolster the company’s operations.
Stepping into his new role as Director of Farming, Bellew will oversee and guide Ocean Mist Farms’ Northern California farming operations, a press release described. In doing so, he will work to increase cost efficiencies, quality, and yield.
With an expertise and detailed focus on farming, Bellew will also continue to build and coach talent across the company’s production and farming department and focus on areas where the grower can utilize science and technology to increase efficiency.
Also being promoted, Ruiz has been named the new Director of Harvesting, wielding his background and experience with Ocean Mist Farms harvesting operations and equipment engineering to help him continue leading the way in increasing cost efficiency, minimizing product loss, capitalizing on higher yields, and placing a stronger focus on mechanized harvest opportunities.
In his new position, Ruiz will manage the commodity management department, including both internal and external harvest companies and procurement operations across Ocean Mist Farms’ different production regions.
Rounding out the list of new Directors, Alameda steps into the role of Director of Supply Chain and Compliance from his previous position of Logistics Manager. From his prior responsibilities, he has gained knowledge of the company’s entire supply chain, how it works, and where there are potential opportunities to improve.
In this new space, Alameda will oversee Ocean Mist Farms’ post-harvest supply chain operations including inventory management and flow, packaging, QA, and customer and regulatory compliance.
As these newly promoted Directors step up, Chris Drew, President and Chief Executive Officer, shared his enthusiasm.
“We couldn’t be more pleased with the performances of these three individuals,” he said. “Bellew, Ruiz, and Alameda have all shown growth in their individual areas of expertise year over year. As a result of this development, the promotions of these three key figures at our company positions Ocean Mist Farms for a new era of continued success. We look forward to seeing the shining future these three individuals hold at Ocean Mist Farms and greatly anticipate their work ahead.”
Congratulations to all three new Directors as they take on these key responsibilities!