(July 3) MONTEREY, Calif. – Credited with transforming a leading fresh produce foodservice supplier into an industry powerhouse, Jim Catchot, Pro*Act's president and chief executive officer, has announced he will leave the company to run a northern California retail produce distribution company.

Pro*Act announced July 3 that Catchot will leave the position he has held since 1998 on Sept. 1. Catchot plans to partner with his brother and former business partner, Ken Catchot, and become president and CEO of the Renaissance Food Group, Sacramento, Calif., a company founded in December.

“The way we see it, retailers are seeking a national source and an efficient supply chain to grow the value-added category,” Jim Catchot said.

“We aim to fill that void by marketing a broad and unique set of fruit and vegetables to retailers nationally, utilizing a group of licensed regional co-packers to provide next-day product delivery.”

The company has four regional packing and shipping centers in northern California, Oregon, Texas and Ohio. Catchot declined to provide further details at press time.

Greg Yancey, Pro*Act chairman and president of Yancey's Food Service Inc., Fort Collins, Colo., said the search process for a new Pro*Act CEO has already started. An executive committee of Pro*Act leaders has been formed to find Catchot’s successor.

“We’re excited about the future and believe this will be a positive step to enhance Pro*Act in the marketplace,” said

Yancey said Catchot has provided leadership on Pro*Act’s client programs and services.

“He’s had great success bringing together national and regional chain accounts under Pro*Act programs,” he said.