Western Growers has hired Matt Jones who will be serving as the Industry Relations Manager. Jones will be based in Fresno, California. As Industry Relations Manager, Jones is now the point of contact for both our Central Valley members as well as prospective members. He is responsible for providing Western Growers’ resources and solutions to members in order to support their interest and needs.
“Matt’s extensive experience in the produce industry and exceptional ability to connect and understand the challenges our members face, make him the perfect addition to our team,” said Kim Sherman, director of membership at Western Growers. “His presence in the Central Valley will provide our members with direct access to the services and support that will allow them to continue to feed the region, nation and world.”
Prior to his position at Western Growers, Jones’ work experience includes over 20 years as a Senior Category Buyer, Transportation Manager and Inspector with Kroger. While with Kroger, Jones not only established a network of contacts in the produce industry, but also procured over 100 different commodities.
“I am extremely proud and honored to be a part of the Western Growers team,” said Jones. “The company’s employees are all first class and this organization is well respected with a trusted brand for 92 years. I have a passion for produce and the Industry Relations Manager position allows me to network, build relationships and make a difference with growers within all fields of the produce industry.”
Jones holds a bachelor’s degree in agricultural business from California State University, Fresno and lives in Fresno with his wife and two children.