Duncan Family Farms Appoints New Directors
- by Robert Schaulis
BUCKEYE, AZ - Organic leafy green provider Duncan Family Farms (DFF) has announced a slew of promotions—elevating multiple team members to director-level positions in the company.
"Our business has expanded into various regions to better serve our customers, and our team members’ duties have also expanded," said Pete Guerrero, Chief Operating Officer, in a press release. "These promotions recognize the important individuals directing these business units with titles that honor their service and represent their responsibilities…We’re fortunate to have a group of directors that are truly passionate about our customers, the business, and the team members they work with…We are absolutely certain that this team will continue to carry out the mission and values of Duncan Family Farms."
According to the company’s press release, DFF’s latest round of promotions recognize its employees’ expertise and dedication and will support the company’s ongoing commitment to providing excellent products and service to their customers.
The following team members, operating across DFF’s operations in Arizona, California, Oregon, and New York, have been promoted:
Tom Stills, Director of Post-Harvest Operations and Logistics
Bringing more than 30 years of experience to his new role, Stills was originally hired as Post-Harvest and Logistics Manager at DFF, responsible for completing the final steps in the value chain for customers.
"Professionally, I’m excited to be taking on a more prominent role in supporting DFF’s leadership and management teams as we continue our efforts to be the best organic supplier in the industry," said Stills. "Personally, I look forward to having the opportunity to coach and mentor our next team of rising leaders to contribute to a future legacy."
Lalo Orozco, Senior District Director
Orozco began as a General Laborer with DFF at the age of 16, and subsequently held several positions including Tractor Operator, Irrigation Crew Leader, Irrigation Supervisor, Farm Manager, and District Manager for operations spread across Arizona, California, and New York.
"Working at Duncan Family Farms has changed my life," said Orozco. "It has not only been my career, but also provided me with tremendous opportunities to learn. I feel blessed to be part of the team and look forward to contributing to its continued success and growth."
Sean Duncan, Senior Director of Supply Chain
A Certified Supply Chain Professional with a master’s degree in global management, Duncan previously held various titles within the company, including Supply Chain Supervisor and Supply Chain Manager.
"I enjoy working in our collaborative environment and having the opportunity and empowerment to pursue new ideas and opportunities to bring value to our internal team members and customers," said Duncan.
Jeremy Vanderzyl, Technical Services Director
Vanderzyl is a food safety expert and public health scientist who has served as Food Safety Crew Lead, Specialist, and Manager with DFF.
"It’s been an amazing journey both personally and professionally, and I am grateful to be a part of this team," said Vanderzyl. "The culture at DFF is what drives our growth. It’s an incredible place to work."
Juan Calderon, Director of Farming Operations
Calderon joined DFF to manage harvesting operations and day-to-day sales and later served as Farm Manager at the company’s Cuyama and Nipomo, California, farms.
"When I came on board with Duncan Family Farms, I was impressed with the family environment and the outstanding culture," said Calderon. "I feel very blessed to be part of this great organization. I've never felt more valued than at this company."
Congratulations, Tom, Lalo, Sean, Jeremy, and Juan, from all of us at AndNowUKnow.