Beggs started his career in produce in finance, and joined BC Hot House as chief finance officer in 2003. He was promoted to president in 2005.
Beggs worked for Dole Thailand for ten years before joining BC Hot House. He also served as chief financial officer for a California seafood company and the Seattle Mariners baseball team during his 40-year career, said Kirk Homenick, director of sales and marketing at Houwelingâs.
Homenick shares his title with Craig Laker, a 25-year BC Hot House veteran, until Homenick leaves the company at the end of the growing season mid-fall.
âMy position was basically split into two (for Beggs and Laker),â Homenick said. He had indicated his desire to pursue other career interests, he said.
Laker joins Houwelingâs along with Beggs Sept. 7. At BC Hot House, he was director of sales and inventory management and manager of global procurement, before his most recent position as director of sales and global procurement.
Before joining BC Hot House, Laker worked for a few local Vancouver produce companies, Homenick said.
âHe was kind of at the front end of the whole greenhouse category and the whole growth of greenhouses by and large, especially in the area on the West Coast,â Homenick said.
Kevin Batt succeeds Laker as director of sales for BC Hot House. He was with the company from 2000-02 as a sales coordinator, and spent the last eight years at Oppenheimer as greenhouse category manager.
Jan Barrett also rejoined BC Hot House, as account manager, after leaving this spring. She had spent 12 years at BC Hot House, first working in the plant, and for the last six in sales, Reed said.
Star Produce has entered similar partnerships with other companies over the last several years, Reed said, but he declined to share specifics.
Note on correction: The original article misrepresented The Oppenheimer Group's relation to BC Hot House. BC Hot House distributes direct to its customers. Oppenheimer is Houweling's distributor partner.