(Jan. 21) Brooks Tropicals Inc., Homestead, Fla., has promoted three employees.

Neal Brooks Jr., son of owner Pal Brooks, is the new vice president of sales and marketing. Brooks has been with the company for 10 years, previously as director of sales and marketing, a post he assumed when Dolphus Broxton vacated it in May 2001. Broxton is president and chief executive officer of Diversified Citrus Marketing, Lake Hamilton, Fla.

Also promoted were Bill Brindle and Amanda Robinson. Brindle is vice president of sales management. He has been with the company for eight years, most recently as director of sales management. In his new role, Brindle will oversee large promotions, managing sales operations and implementing pricing guidelines.

Robinson has been named sales office manager. She has been with the company for more than a year as sales coordinator. She succeeds Donald Fox, who moved to Florida Fresh International Inc., Florida City. In her new role, Robinson will manage product inventory and monitor market fluctuations.

Brooks said he was excited about his new position and plans on broadening the company’s customer base.

Other new changes are the company’s newest venture in Belize. Brooks was optimistic about the roughly 1,000 acres of Caribbean red papayas. Brooks said he expects peak production in June and July.