(April 29) DELANO, Calif. — The spokesman for Pandol Bros. Inc. for more than two decades and son of one of the company’s founders is no longer employed by the major grape and tree fruit grower-shipper.
The names Jim Pandol and Pandol Bros. are nearly synonymous in the produce industry, but the two parted ways for unspecified reasons April 20.
Pandol was vice president of marketing and had been with the company 24 years.
He is the son of Jack Pandol, one of three brothers who formed the business in 1952 and packed under the 3 Brothers label.
“I am no longer in the company, and now I am looking at the different directions that are out there,” Jim Pandol said April 28.
Officials at Pandol Bros. didn’t return calls for comment.
SALES MANAGER OUT, TOO
Scott Rossi, who has been sales manager of domestic and import sales with Pandol Bros., also has left the company, Pandol said. Rossi had been with Pandol Bros. for about 20 years. He did not return calls.
Pandol was responsible for sales and marketing activities, including trade with more than 30 countries.
He said there are a variety of opportunities in the industry and that he plans to remain in the grape business.
Pandol also has worked with other commodities — from tropical fruits to berries — but said he wants to focus on grapes.
“There are new opportunities that maybe couldn’t be done by a large organization but an individual or small company can do,” Pandol said. “A lot of things can happen with experience, knowledge and imagination.”
Pandol said he started putting stamps on boxes when he was 8 in 1958. He was working part time in marketing in 1979 and was a full-time marketer in 1981. In 1994, he was promoted to vice president of marketing.
TRADE COUNCIL CHAIRMAN
The United Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Association, Washington, D.C., named Pandol chairman of its international trade council in February.
Pandol has served the agricultural industry with various organizations.
He is a board member of the California Council for International Trade, San Francisco.
Joseph Harrison, president of the council, said Pandol has played a key role in international trade issues.
“He is great,” Harrison said. “Jim has been helpful as a representative of a major agricultural enterprise.”
Harrison said he hopes Pandol will remain a member of the board.