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
"Quitters never win. Winners never quit."
-- Dan Gable Olympic wrestling Champion from my hometown Waterloo, Iowa
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.
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
brian morris, Category Manager
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, manager of logistics
“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
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, interim sales manager &
Customer Satisfaction Specialist
“Rise up and become the person you were meant to be.”
-- Dieter F. Uchtdorf
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
brandon chavis, vmi specialist
“A lot of people never use their initiative because nobody told them to.”
-- Banksy, Street Artist
adam faust, produce operations Manager
“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and
learning from failure.”
-- Colin Powell
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
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.
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.
Jeremy krall, manager of it and HR support
"The only time my prayers are never answered is on the golf course."
-- Billy Graham
beth hughs, Travel COORDINATOR
“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
Karen flores, procurement support staff
Market Fresh gave me my first administration job and I loved it. 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