At Market Fresh Produce, we are a part of one of the greatest produce brands in the nation. We pride ourselves on top-quality service and products, this is the talent behind the excellence.
Steve phipps, ceo/president
Born and raised in Springfield MO, my life has truly been blessed in many ways. In addition to running this successful company, I also own and operate a cattle ranch with over 100 head of beef cattle, many horses, a few donkeys and cats and dogs. I love to ride horses, which brings me peace of mind and time to think strategically. I believe the success that I’ve been blessed with is due to my conviction to the following three points; Integrity, hard work, and perseverance.
A favorite quote of mine comes from the movie Forrest Gump, “ My momma always said ‘Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get".
Jeff jones, vice president of sourcing
"Quitters never win. Winners never quit."
-- Dan Gable Olympic wrestling Champion from my hometown Waterloo, Iowa
William Wessels, Senior Director of Supply Chain Management
"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts."
-- Winston Churchill
joel laughlin, director of sourcing
I grew up on a farming operation with over 400 horses and enjoy hunting, fishing, and riding horses. I received my bachelors in Agriculture from Missouri State. I worked on my family farming operation prior to coming to Market Fresh in December of 2014.
brett lamar, category manager
"Beneath this mask there is more than flesh. Beneath this mask there is an idea, and ideas are bulletproof."
-- V for Vendetta
ASPEN berning, category manager
“The Only Thing That Is Constant Is Change.”
Frank pichler, category manager
I have been an NRA Firearms Instructor for over 10 years!
Berrah brown, Category manager
“Don’t find fault, find a remedy.”
-- Henry Ford
Joe Holecek, Category Manager
“Against the assault of laughter nothing can prevail."
-- Mark Twain
Mike kemp, Vice president of strategy
St. louis, mo
I started in the grocery business in 1970, and have always worked in this industry in one capacity or another. I have a BS in Marketing and went back to graduate school full time at the age of 60 to get my Masters in Marketing.
Mark Cassius, Executive Business Analyst
"Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm."
-- Winston Churchill
Jeff Patterson, Business Development
St. louis, MO
“If you don’t work for it, why do you think you deserve it?”
-- Marcus Lemonis
Katie Newcomb, Manager of marketing
I love swimming, riding jet skis, and volunteering! I enjoy photography and anything that has to do with animals. Show me an animal and I'll be your new best friend!
brenna george, Customer Satisfaction Specialist
“Rise up and become the person you were meant to be.”
-- Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Bob stevenson, Sales representative
“We get to choose every day to be happy or sad. I choose happy.”
-- Bob Stevenson to his children
Kelby Werner, Regional Sales Specialist
"There is very little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative."
-- John C. Maxwell
stephen riggs, Packaging Manager
I graduated from Missouri State University with a degree in Logistics & Supply Chain Management. My background has been with distribution and trucking companies. I enjoy the outdoors including hiking, kayaking, and spending time at the lake.
brian morris, director of VMI
My favorite days are spending time with my wife Jodi and Cat Cookie. I enjoy playing golf and vacationing on a sunny beach.
Sebastian Forest, VMI Specialist
“You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever."
-- Steve Jobs
brandon chavis, vmi specialist
“A lot of people never use their initiative because nobody told them to.”
-- Banksy, Street Artist
adam faust, produce operations specialist
“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and
learning from failure.”
-- Colin Powell
david ferrera, sourcing/production specialist
I have worked in the produce business for over 20 years now. My favorite hobby is to play soccer for Dynamo Soccer Club.
nancy vega, administrative operations manager
Be Kind - Work Hard - Stay Humble - Smile Often - Stay Loyal - Travel Often - Never Stop Learning - Be Thankful Always and Love……Natural Life
Sherri Zintel, Manager of Inventory Systems
“Learn from Yesterday, Live for Today, and Hope for Tomorrow.”
-- Albert Einstein
paco soto-fuentes, shipping & receiving specialist/transport operator
I am a movie buff – I enjoy all genres!
jordan jackson, vice president of finance
I joined the Market Fresh team in 2010. Prior to that, I graduated from Southwest Baptist University with degrees in Accounting and Finance. I have gained accounting and finance experience through prior positions in the banking industry and hold a CPA license in the state of Missouri.
Alison lee, senior director of finance
I am a certified CPA and have been in the accounting industry for over 15 years. I love being active, reading, cooking and baking in my spare time!
SUNNY YEARWOOD, ACCOUNTING SUPERVISOR
"Success is not final, Failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts."
-- Winston Churchill
carolyn wall, accounting sTAFF ii
"If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. "
-- Henry David Thoreau
tracy daugherty, staff Accountant
“Happiness is not ready made. It comes from your own actions.”
-- Dalai Lama XIV
Cynthia Williams, Accounting Staff Support
I enjoy all outdoor activities. I own a kayak which is my favorite hobby. I would float every weekend if I could. I also enjoy hiking and camping. I love traveling but my favorite places are Florida or Mexico for the beaches or Colorado for the hiking.
Cathy Graham, account staff
"Follow your heart"
Tory Updegrave, Financial Planning & Analysis Manager
In 2012, I completed the Republic Citizen’s Policy Academy and since then have been involved in the Alumni Program as the treasurer. The Alumni Program helps the Republic PD with community projects, current academy classes, and sometimes even with their training. Some of my favorite times are when we get to be role players in their training exercises, as both good and bad guys. It’s amazing how much training they do and you still can’t anticipate every situation!
JIm maynard, senior director of human resources
My favorite hobby is mountain biking.
beth hughs, receptionist
“While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about."
-- Angela Schwindt
tara ewald, director of office administration
“The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense."
-- Thomas A. Edison
kelli bilyeu, procurement support staff
I enjoy team roping and barrel racing.
I grew up around rodeo as my parents owned and ran a rodeo business, which allowed me to always be outside, which led to my love of animals and the outdoors. I went to Northwest Missouri State University and graduated with a Bachelors in Science of Animal Science.
Karen flores, procurement support staff
Market Fresh gave me my first administration job and I loved it (even being the youngest on the team), they gave me a chance to move up and I did. My favorite thing to do is spend time with my two kids!
Karri Spooner, Procurement Support Staff
"The wind of heaven is that which blows between a horse's ears."
-- Arabian Proverb
Jeremy krall, it manager
"The only time my prayers are never answered is on the golf course."
-- Billy Graham