(Sept. 25) The Washington Apple Commission, Wenatchee, has hired Tracy King as export director and Tricia Belcastro as public relations manager.

King joins the commission after 12 years with Oneonta Trading Corp., Wenatchee, where he marketed apples, citrus and grapes to the Asian retail market. Belcastro comes on board after six years with The Coca-Cola Co., Atlanta, where she helped market several beverage brands, including Coca-Cola, Sprite and Dasani.

Welcome Sauer, Washington Apple Commission president, said King’s background makes him ideal for the position, which oversees the commission’s foreign activities, where 30% of the annual crop is sold.

King has a master’s degree in China Regional Studies and speaks Mandarin Chinese.