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 Growth & Acquisition
nixa, mo

"Quitters never win. Winners never quit." 
-- Dan Gable Olympic wrestling Champion from my hometown Waterloo, Iowa

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William Wessels, Senior Director of Supply Chain Management
Nixa, MO 

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts."
-- Winston Churchill

joel laughlin, director of sourcing
nixa, mo

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.

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brett lamar, category manager
nixa, mo

"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
nixa, mo

“The Only Thing That Is Constant Is Change.”
-- Heraclitus

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Frank pichler, category manager
nixa, mo

I have been an NRA Firearms Instructor for over 10 years!

Berrah brown, Category manager
nixa, mo

“Don’t find fault, find a remedy.”
-- Henry Ford

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stephen riggs, Packaging Manager
nixa, mo

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.

Katie Newcomb, Manager of marketing
Nixa, MO

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!

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brenna george, interim sales manager &
Customer Satisfaction Specialist
nixa, mo

“Rise up and become the person you were meant to be.”
-- Dieter F. Uchtdorf


Jeff Patterson, Business Development
St. louis, MO

“If you don’t work for it, why do you think you deserve it?”

-- Marcus Lemonis 

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Kelby Werner, Regional Sales Specialist
Nixa, MO

"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

brian morris, director of VMI
nixa, mo

My favorite days are spending time with my wife Jodi and Cat Cookie. I enjoy playing golf and vacationing on a sunny beach.

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Sebastian Forest, VMI Specialist
Nixa, MO

“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
mechanicsville, va

“A lot of people never use their initiative because nobody told them to.”
-- Banksy, Street Artist

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adam faust, produce operations specialist
tampa, fl

“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
tampa, fl

I have worked in the produce business for over 20 years now. My favorite hobby is to play soccer for Dynamo Soccer Club.

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nancy vega, administrative operations manager
tampa, fl

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
Tampa, FL

“Learn from Yesterday, Live for Today, and Hope for Tomorrow.”
-- Albert Einstein

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paco soto-fuentes, shipping & receiving specialist/transport operator
tampa, fl

I am a movie buff – I enjoy all genres!

jordan jackson, vice president of finance
nixa, mo

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
nixa, mo

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!



"Success is not final, Failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts."
-- Winston Churchill

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carolyn wall, accounting sTAFF ii
nixa, mo

"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


Cynthia Williams, Accounting Staff Support
nixa, mo

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.

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Cathy Graham, accounting staff Support
nixa, mo

"Follow your heart"
-- Triumph

Tory Updegrave, Financial Planning & Analysis Manager
Nixa, MO

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!

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JIm maynard, senior director of human resources
nixa, mo

My favorite hobby is mountain biking.

Jeremy krall, manager of it and HR support
nixa, mo

 "The only time my prayers are never answered is on the golf course."
-- Billy Graham

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beth hughs, receptionist
nixa, mo

“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
nixa, mo

“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
nixa, mo

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
nixa, mo

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!

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Karri Spooner, Procurement Support Staff
Nixa, MO

"The wind of heaven is that which blows between a horse's ears."
-- Arabian Proverb

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