Eric became Oppy's VP, South American Operations in March 2020. He works closely with our executive category directors responsible for berries, grapes, stone fruit, apples, pears, kiwifruit, mangoes and citrus. He also coordinates with the sales team, grower relations staff and grower partners to ensure Oppy secures a comprehensive and continuous supply of fresh produce for customers across North America.
Eric has oversight responsibility of our office in Santiago, Chile and our grower relations initiatives in Lima, Peru and Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Eric served as the executive director of South American imports from 2016 to 2020, prior to that he was the West Coast director of sales from 2012 to 2016 where he guided Western U.S. sales initiatives, overseeing our Seattle, Washington; Houston, Texas; Chino Hills and Visalia, California; and Nogales, Arizona offices. Between 2004 and 2012, Eric was the sales manager for Oppy's Chino Hills office, following seven years as a sales representative. In that time, he also provided strategic leadership to our greenhouse, stone fruit and apple and pear categories in the Western U.S., while also building partnerships with key retail accounts.
Eric holds a Bachelor of Science in agricultural and managerial economics from the University of California, Davis.