Village Farms Greenhouse Grown has promoted Steve Poklemba, currently Director of National Sales, to his new role as Director of Global Supply Chain Management for their Fresh Division. "In the new role, Steve’s primary focus will be the implementation of vital strategic initiatives to optimize inventory controls on fresh products and supplies. He will accomplish this through improved operating efficiencies while reducing finished product costs. His role will also be focused on managing product flow through Village Farms' sales and distribution network from sourcing teams with the goal of expanding the company’s grower partner base. We are confident in Steve’s ability to invigorate overall product fulfillment, product freshness, and the brand’s integrity for their customers," Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Eric T. Janke, states.
Steve began his career with Village Farms in 1998 as Packhouse Manager. Shortly afterward, he was promoted to Regional Packhouse Manager of Village Farms’ West Texas facility. Steve later moved to the company’s Arlington, Texas Distribution Center and transitioned into a Sales role where he eventually worked his way to become National Sales Director.
In his new role, Steve will report directly to the Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Eric T. Janke. “We anticipate Steve will improve the fresh division’s dynamics and enhance the company’s value proposition to further meet the needs of an ever-changing produce industry,” he stated. “Steve is the best candidate for this role given his depth of knowledge and tenure with Village Farms.”