Brian Vertrees is switching employers, but he will still be a fixture in the fresh produce business in the Northwest.

Vertrees announced April 19 that he is leaving his post as promotions manager for Stemilt Growers Inc., Wenatchee, Wash., and going to work for Naples, Fla.-based Naturipe Farms LLC, as the Northwest account manager.

He had been with Stemilt for seven years, first serving as a customer information specialist and most recently as promotions manager.

“The experiences I have had at Stemilt will help me a lot as I move into my new job,” Vertrees said. “I worked with the front end of sales with the promotions and that background should help me move forward into the sales position with Naturipe.”

His account area for Naturipe will begin with the states of Washington, Oregon and Idaho, but Vertrees said it could be expanded in the future.

Naturipe Farms names Northwest account manager