(Feb. 18) Ron Bajda has joined SunBlest Farms, Fort Lupton, Colo., as director of sales and marketing.

Bajda spent nearly 20 years working for Fleming Wholesale Grocery Co., Lewisville, Texas. Most recently, Bajda was the director of produce marketing, but he also has been the director of produce merchandising, the director of produce procurement and a division sales manager for Fleming.

His 20 years came in two stints: one from 1980-94, the other from 2000-03. Bajda said he was one of the last people to leave Fleming after the dismantling of the bankrupt company.

Before his years at Fleming, Bajda was employed by Jewel Food Stores in Chicago as an assistant produce merchandising manager.

Bajda said he succeeds Dave Fahrenbruch at SunBlest.

Bajda’s duties at SunBlest will deal with the sales and marketing aspects of the 5-year-old company, which is an 80-acre greenhouse tomato grower.