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, many horses, a few donkeys and cats and dogs. I love to ride horses, which brings me piece 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
rj knese, senior director of supply chain
“Talent may get you on the field, but it is effort and attitude that will keep you there.”
-- Ken Griffey, Jr
Ray Rollison, director of procurement
"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and petition with thanksgiving let your requests be known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."
-- Philippians 4: 6-7
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
joel laughlin, category manager
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!
kyle thiltgen, category manager
I’m terrified of roller coasters! But I love to bowhunt – I’m ate up with it!
berrah brown, category manager
“Don’t find fault, find a remedy.”
-- Henry Ford
Mike kemp, senior executive business analyst
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. My favorite hobby used to be playing golf, but now it seems I'm obsessed with my 6 grand babies under the age of 5!
chris denovi, executive business analyst
I love anything related to flying and aviation. I’ve personally flown over 2.3 million miles and can be found "plane spotting" at the airport in my free time.
mike combs, Senior Director of sales & Marketing
I have worked in sales and management for over 25 years, and enjoy building relationships with customers and competing for their business. I really enjoy driving my boat, and teaching people to wake surf and wake board behind it.
Kaylyn Bender, Director of Marketing
I love to laugh, running with my dog, kayaking, paddle boarding, dirt biking, archery, and all things outdoors! I always love being creative, Pinterest has nothing on me!
brenna george, Customer Satisfaction Specialist
“Rise up and become the person you were meant to be.”
-- Dieter F. Uchtdorf
kristyn head, Customer Satisfaction Specialist
"You don't stop dancing because you grow old, you grow old because you stop dancing"
Bob stevenson, customer satisfaction specialist
“We get to choose every day to be happy or sad. I choose happy.”
-- Bob Stevenson to his children
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.
james holder, vmi manager
I enjoy going to NASCAR races and I can ride high wheel bicycles. Also, I am a four-time youth national champion racer. No big deal.
kayla raymond, vmi specialist
“Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.”
-- John Wayne
angie hanson, vmi specialist
I’m the youngest of 4, my sister is 16 years older than me. And there is only a 7 year age difference between me and her oldest daughter.
brandon chavis, vmi specialist
“A lot of people never use their initiative because nobody told them to.”
-- Banksy, Street Artist
kandice gause, procurement staff
"The only thing constant in life is change."
-- Unknown but my dad has told me this my whole life!
otis chamblee, logistics/procurement
Since my childhood, I have always held a curiosity for how we get things; i.e. food, consumer goods, materials, etc. I’ve had the good fortune of making a living learning, understanding, and improving upon the processes that afford consumers the benefits of enjoying these items on a daily basis. And in my spare time I enjoy playing 2 instruments; the alto saxophone and drums.
dan thompson, senior director of operations
I enjoy living in the hot southern culture of Florida, barbeque ribs are my favorite food and To Kill a Mockingbird is my favorite book. I love German Shepherd dogs, I enjoy training them and watching dog competitions.
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.
tomas bobadilla, warehouse manager
“ Every Job is a Self Portrait of the person who did it – Autograph your work with Excellence”
-- Ted Key
nebali rodas, supervisor of packing room/qc
I enjoy watching and playing soccer
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, 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!
carolyn wall, accounting staff
"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
Tony majobian, accounting staff
I am a first generation Armenian American. I was in the US Army for 15 years; I have a bachelor’s degree in both Biology and Accounting. I have a wife named, Karen and 2 wonderful boys: Garrett and Logan. I also enjoy doing voice impersonations!
april clarke, accounting staff
“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”
-- Helen Keller
Betina morelock, accounting staff
"Ships don’t sink because of the water around them; ships sink because of the water that gets in them. Don’t let what’s happening around you get inside you and weigh you down."
tracy daugherty, accounting staff
“Happiness is not ready made. It comes from your own actions.”
-- Dalai Lama XIV
JIm maynard, senior director of human resources
My favorite hobby is mountain biking.
debbie doolittle, human resources manager
I enjoy getting away from town and spending time at beautiful Table Rock Lake. I don’t need a boat just put me on a raft add in some friends, and I’m happy as can be.
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
chellsie cutbirth, procurement staff
“In this world there is no force equal to the strength of a woman determined to rise.”
-- W.E.B. Du Bois
kelli bilyeu, procurement 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 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. I am currently working on my business degree at Crowder College, and when I'm not working or caught up in school my favorite thing to do is spend time with my two kids!
beth hughs, receptionist
“While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about."
-- Angela Schwindt
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