Castellini Group Hires Two New Executives, Brian Jenny and Greg Kurkjian
- by Anne Allen
CINCINNATI, OH - The Castellini Group of Companies announced that it is bringing on two executives, Brian Jenny and Greg Kurkjian, to help with the growth strategies of the company. Jenny will join CC Kitchens, LLC, as Vice President and General Manager in charge of both plant locations in Sharonville, Ohio, and Atlanta, Georgia. He will have total P&L responsibilities, including operations and sales. Greg Kurkjian will join Crosset Company, LLC, as Vice President and General Manager. He replaces the retiring VP and General Manager, Tim Shepard.
Brian Jenny has vast experience across various food companies throughout the US. He has served in sales, business development, operations, and marketing for companies including Naturally Fresh, Monterey Mushrooms Inc., and most recently at Naturipe Farms, where for several years Brian led the sales, operations, and P&L for a fresh-processing business serving convenient, on-the-go produce.
Brian Jenny is also currently the Chairman of United Fresh Produce Associations Fresh-Cut Processor Segment Board. Brian graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture and applied economics.
“We are fortunate to have Brian Jenny become a leader at the Castellini Group of Companies,” said Brian Kocher, President and CEO. “Brian brings extensive retail, fresh-cut fruit processing operations experience to CC Kitchens, LLC. He’s led a multi-facility business through start-up and expansion.”
Greg Kurkjian served as Retail Sales Director for Club Chef for the Castellini Group of Companies from 1995-1998. Kurkjian has developed a broad experience base leading sales efforts with leading produce companies Fresh Express, Mann Packing, and Ready Pac Produce, and most recently at IFCO Systems, the RPC’s pooler.
Kurkjian was a member of the United Fresh Produce Association’s prestigious leadership program Class 7, and recently served as Chairman of the Alumni Leadership Board, according to a press release. Greg graduated from Miami University of Ohio with a Bachelor of Science Business degree, and earned his MBA from Loyola University in Chicago.
“With Greg’s P&L experience and ability to grow topline businesses through development of strategic account planning, customer value propositions, and go-to market strategies, we are confident in his ability to lead a smooth transition at Crosset Company, LLC,” stated Kocher.
Both Jenny and Kurkjian will join the executive leadership team for the Castellini Group of Companies.
Congratulations to Brian Jenny and Greg Kurkjian on this next chapter!