(UPDATED COVERAGE, 4 p.m.) Ken Nabal is the new president of Kingston & Associates Marketing LLC. He succeeds longtime president Mike Kingston, who will stay with the company to oversee key account relationships.

Nabal will be responsible for managing and increasing the firm’s network of accounts and products, Dave Kingston, chief executive officer and majority owner of the Idaho Falls, Idaho, produce distributor, said in an Aug. 17 news release. He will split his time between the Kingston offices in Idaho Falls and Pompano, Fla.

Nabal was selected from a field of at least two dozen candidates, said Brandon Snyder, chief operating officer for Kingston. Snyder said the Kingston brothers have been considering a transition to a new president for a couple of years, but the search process picked up steam about eight months ago.

“I am very excited to have Ken aboard. We have a lot of opportunities ahead, and he is the perfect fit to help take Kingston to the next level,” Mike Kingston said.

Nabal will focus on an aggressive push to develop Kingston’s distribution network while vertically integrating its supporting businesses. He said he is honored to join Kingston.

“The first few months will encompass spending time with the teams in the three divisions I will oversee and learning how the business is currently functioning as well as getting to know our people better. I am very impressed with what I see so far,” Nabal said in an Aug. 18 e-mail.

“My first project out of the gate will be focused on helping create new business for our warehousing and transportation businesses.”

Most recently, Nabal was vice president of business development and logistics for Frontera Produce, Edinburg, Texas. Before that, he was manager of Frontera’s Florida imports office.

Dave Kingston said Nabal’s 25 years of experience in the produce industry and a “proven track record” were key in the company selecting him for the president’s post.

In addition to Nabal’s recent work at Frontera, he previously held positions with Southern Specialties, Central American Produce and Wal-Mart. He also works with industry groups, serving on the National Mango Board and the Transportation Working Group for United Fresh Produce Association.

Nabal is a native of Philadelphia and attended West Chester State College. He and his wife, Susan, and their two children live in Delray Beach, Fla.

UPDATED: Kingston names Ken Nabal as presidentMike Kingston has been working with his brother Dave for 38 years, beginning their business relationship at Hurley Produce. Dave bought that company and founded the Kingston firm in 1977. He said Mike’s continued involvement will help make Nadal’s transition seamless.

“His service to all the group of Kingston companies has been invaluable. He remains, first and foremost, my brother, in every sense of the word, and leaves an unblemished legacy for integrity, honesty and trust with our customers, suppliers and employees. For all of this, I am grateful to Mike,” Dave Kingston said in the release.

The Kingston operations include food distribution and cold storage, growing, transportation brokering, property development and management and green energy production. The company started in the Idaho potato industry and has expanded to handle a wide variety of fresh commodities including potatoes, onions, lettuces, broccoli, pineapples, asparagus, tomatoes, rapini, parsley and green beans, according to the Kingston website.

Company offices in addition to the Idaho Falls and Pompano locations include Houston; Monterey, Calif.; San Jose, Costa Rico; Lima, Peru; and Gold River, British Columbia.