(Feb. 16) VANCOUVER, British Columbia — The Oppenheimer Group announced several promotions Feb. 11 that stem from an increase in business for the company, said John Anderson, chairman, president and chief executive officer.

At Oppenheimer’s Vancouver base, Bob Dunlop, who had been the firm’s vice president of sales and operations, is now senior vice president and chief operations officer.

His responsibilities — over all sales, marketing and operations areas of the company — have not changed, according to the company.

Greg Sheldon, formerly executive vice president for accounting and finance, is now executive vice president of categories.

Sheldon oversees category management, grower relations, accounting and finance, information technology and human resources.

In Wilmington, Del., Gerry Smirniotis, who had been general manager for the East Coast, was promoted to vice president of that region, responsible for the overall operations in the firm’s Wilmington, Chicago, Tampa and Miami offices.

He also is the firm’s stone fruit category director, in charge of Chilean and California stone fruit business.

Jim Hohman, formerly general manager of the Wilmington office, has become the East Coast sales manager, responsible for sales in the firm’s Wilmington, Chicago and Tampa offices.

In California, Robert Bol, formerly sales manager for the Visalia, Calif., office, now directs sales in the company’s Visalia and Houston office, while David Smith now oversees sales in Seattle, as well his established territory in Los Angeles.

Each will retain his leadership of two of the company’s primary product groups: Bol will continue to oversee grape sales, marketing, and category management, while Smith will do the same for greenhouse products.

Kevin Batt has been appointed greenhouse category manager March 1, assisting Smith in directing that category.

Batt, who is based in Vancouver, previously was greenhouse category coordinator.

“Our company is going through a very exciting time,” Anderson said in a news release. “We’re growing in volume and refreshing our approach to the business.”