East


Todd Beckwith joined AgriCapital Advisors, a New York-based banking firm focused on agribusiness, as a consultant.


Beckwith has been in the financial industry for more than 25 years, according to a news release, most recently as senior vice president of the food and agribusiness group at Key Bank NA, Cleveland. Before that, he worked for CoBank, Denver, as vice president and relationship manager. His first position in the agriculture industry was with TelMark Inc., an agricultural leasing company out of Syracuse, N.Y., as district manager.



Southeast


Charles Briggs, a former regional manager for Dole Fresh Vegetables, is executive vice president of business development for VirtualOne, the Plant City, Fla.-based company that offers the FreshQC traceback and quality control system for grower-shippers.


Briggs has been in the industry for more than 18 years, according to a news release. In addition to his position with Monterey, Calif.-based Dole, he also worked for Coast to Coast Produce, Monterey, Calif., as sales manager out of the Bradenton, Fla. office.


He also founded his own company, Farmer Boy Produce Sales, Bradenton, Fla., which was a licenser of the Birds Eye brand. He owned the company until 2007.



West


Greg Andersen, a Driscoll Strawberry Associates Inc. employee since 1998, earned a promotion to retail sales manager.


Andersen's first position with Watsonville, Calif.-based Driscoll's was as sales distribution coordinator. He came from Sweet Darling Sales Inc. and Naturipe Berry Growers, Watsonville, where he was a salesman.


In his new role, Andersen is responsible for retail program planning and sales activities in both the U.S. and Canada, according to a news release.


Andersen succeeds Tim Youmans, who was promoted to vice president of sales in March.


A former Salyer American employee is moving on.



Jesse Martinez
, manager of mixed vegetables for the former Monterey, Calif.-based company for ten years, is now production director for Steinbeck Country Produce, Salinas, Calif.


Before taking on the new position with Steinbeck Country Produce, and before joining Salyer American, Martinez was with Dole Fresh Vegetables, for 20 years, according to a news release. His most recent position there was superintendent of mixed vegetables.


Martinez's expertise is with romaine and leaf lettuce, specifically romaine hearts, according to the release. The new position is part of the production department for Steinbeck Country Produce.



Amy Wolfe
is the new executive director of AgSafe, a nonprofit association dedicated to reducing job injuries, illnesses and fatalities in California agriculture.


Wolfe previously owned her own business development firm, P3 Consulting, according to a news release. Prior to that, she was vice president of operations and external relations for the California Agricultural Leadership Foundation.


Wolfe also chairs the Agricultural Awareness and Literacy Foundation, as well as serving as the state membership development director and the first vice president of the San Joaquin Chapter of California Women For Agriculture.


The Watsonville-based California Strawberry Commission hired Carlos Fraga as manager of grower communications and education, in charge of developing strategy and implementing tactical training solutions for foods safety, occupational safety, production and organizational leadership programs.


Fraga has more than a decade of experience in occupational safety, according to a news release. His most recent position was training and regulatory compliance manager at Constellation Wines U.S., Fairport, N.Y.