Meet Our Team

Leadership

John Vena

John Vena

President

John is the third generation of the Vena family to lead the JVI team. Since joining in 1976, he has transformed JVI from a local commodity wholesaler into a specialty produce distributor with a national reputation. He brings a passion for partnership and quality to the team every day.

Favorite Fruit: Fresh Figs

Favorite Vegetable: Baby Arugula

Dan Vena

Dan Vena

Director of Sales & Buying

Dan heads JVI’s Sales & Buying teams. He has been an integral part of JVI sales since he joined the company in 2003 and today, he brings that on-the-ground experience to his team and our customers, helping build successful specialty and custom produce programs that are made to last.

Favorite Fruit: Blueberries

Favorite Vegetable: Arugula

Kathleen Conway

Kathleen Conway

Director of Administration

Kathleen ensures JVI runs smoothly behind the scenes. She joined the team in 1983 and today oversees administration and human resources. With decades of experience at JVI and in the industry, Kathleen is a crucial resource and point person for all team members and vendors.

Favorite Fruit: Avocados

Favorite Vegetable: Asparagus

Mike Maxwell

Mike Maxwell

Director of Production

Mike is responsible for management of JVI Repacking. He is overseeing the transformation of the packing facility to prepare for its next phase of growth. He came to JVI from operations management in food e-commerce after a ten year career in the US Air Force.

Favorite Fruit: Melons

Favorite Vegetable: Bell Peppers

Sean Harrington

Sean Harrington

Director of Operations

Sean oversees operations for JVI Wholesale and JVI Logistics from receiving to our customers’ doors. Managing teams across 3 shifts, Sean ensures our product makes it from point A to point B at the peak of freshness. Prior to JVI, Sean was Operations Manager for Chiquita.

Favorite Fruit: Honey Dew

Favorite Vegetable: Brussels Sprouts

Emily Kohlhas

Emily Kohlhas

Director of Marketing

Emily heads JVI's marketing and business development team. She has transformed JVI’s digital presence and developed its new brand identity. She spearheads strategy and product development initiatives, and creates engaging training programs for customers and staff.

Favorite Fruit: Persimmons

Favorite Vegetable: Cabbage

Sales & Buying

Andrew P.

Andrew P.

Customer Support Associate

Favorite Fruit: Quenepas

Favorite Vegetable: Baby Bok Choy

Christopher S.

Christopher S.

Customer Support Associate

Favorite Fruit: Granny Smith Apple

Favorite Vegetable: Broccoli

Daniel C.

Daniel C.

Buyer & Account Manager

Favorite Fruit: Strawberries

Favorite Vegetable: Potatoes

Dave C.

Dave C.

Buyer & Account Manager

Favorite Fruit: Peaches

Favorite Vegetable: Broccoli

Erin O.

Erin O.

Customer Support Associate

Favorite Fruit: Avocados

Favorite Vegetable: Brussels Sprouts

Joe K.

Joe K.

Business Development

Favorite Fruit: Satsuma Mandarins

Favorite Vegetable: Brussels Sprouts

Jose (Blue) F.

Jose (Blue) F.

Buyer & Account Manager

Favorite Fruit: Tomatoes

Favorite Vegetable: Corn

Joseph Z.

Joseph Z.

Cashier

Favorite Fruit: Avocados

Favorite Vegetable: Kale

Kelly M.

Kelly M.

Customer Support Associate

Favorite Fruit: Pineapples

Favorite Vegetable: Potatoes

Kelsey R.

Kelsey R.

Customer Support Team Leader

Favorite Fruit: Avocados

Favorite Vegetable: Cauliflower

Manny H.

Manny H.

Customer Support Associate

Favorite Fruit: Avocados

Favorite Vegetable: Peppers

Marco M.

Marco M.

Buyer & Account Manager

Favorite Fruit: Oranges

Favorite Vegetable: Broccoli

Sal D.

Sal D.

Buyer & Account Manager

Favorite Fruit: Grapes

Favorite Vegetable: Corn

Tom A.

Tom A.

Buyer & Account Manager

Favorite Fruit: Lychees

Favorite Vegetable: Asparagus

Administration

Anne M.

Anne M.

Administrative Assistant

Favorite Fruit: Pineapple

Favorite Vegetable: Zucchini

Cheryl G.

Cheryl G.

Accounting

Favorite Fruit: Peach

Favorite Vegetable: Jersey Tomato

Diane S.

Diane S.

Accounts Receivable

Favorite Fruit: Gala Apples

Favorite Vegetable: Broccoli

Omar F.

Omar F.

Financial Controller

Favorite Fruit: Mangoes

Favorite Vegetable: Asparagus

Operations & Logistics

Alphonso (Fonz) M.

Alphonso (Fonz) M.

Selector

Favorite Fruit: Peaches

Favorite Vegetable: Broccoli

Andriy T.

Andriy T.

Transportation Supervisor

Favorite Fruit: Honey Dew

Favorite Vegetable: Cucumber

Dan F.

Dan F.

Selector/Receiver

Favorite Fruit: Grapes

Favorite Vegetable: Green Beans

Dustin A.

Dustin A.

Supervisor

Favorite Fruit: Lychees

Favorite Vegetable: Green Beans

Jason H.

Jason H.

Selector

Favorite Fruit: Strawberries

Favorite Vegetable: Spinach

Jhonattan E.

Jhonattan E.

Sanitation & Safety Coordinator

Favorite Fruit: Mangoes

Favorite Vegetable: Broccoli

John T.

John T.

Supervisor

Favorite Fruit: Cherries

Favorite Vegetable: Broccoli

Jose F.

Jose F.

Selector

Favorite Fruit: Bananas

Favorite Vegetable: Onions

Joseph S.

Joseph S.

Selector

Favorite Fruit: Clementines

Favorite Vegetable: Mushrooms

Kheng C.

Kheng C.

Selector/Receiver

Favorite Fruit: Mangos

Favorite Vegetable: Eggplant

Kom C.

Kom C.

Selector

Favorite Fruit: Rambutan

Favorite Vegetable: Baby Bok Choy

Markeith T.

Markeith T.

Selector

Favorite Fruit: Strawberries

Favorite Vegetable: Corn

Nick R.

Nick R.

Selector

Favorite Fruit: Pineapple

Favorite Vegetable: Broccoli

Nora S.

Nora S.

Food Safety & Quality Assurance Manager

Favorite Fruit: Strawberries

Favorite Vegetable: Cucumber

Osvaldo (Ozzie) C.

Osvaldo (Ozzie) C.

Selector

Favorite Fruit: Pineapple

Favorite Vegetable: Broccoli

Roman P.

Roman P.

Selector/Driver

Favorite Fruit: Raspberries

Favorite Vegetable: Potatoes

Roman R.

Roman R.

Selector

Favorite Fruit: Cherries

Favorite Vegetable: Potatoes

Ronald (Ronnie) B.

Ronald (Ronnie) B.

Selector/Receiver

Favorite Fruit: Apples

Favorite Vegetable: Broccoli

Sergio L.

Sergio L.

Supervisor

Favorite Fruit: Tomatoes

Favorite Vegetable: String Beans

Sterling (Peanut) W.

Sterling (Peanut) W.

Selector

Favorite Fruit: Avocado

Favorite Vegetable: Asparagus

Yves P.

Yves P.

Supervisor

Favorite Fruit: Guava

Favorite Vegetable: Peppers

Ripening

Joe M.

Joe M.

Ripening Manager

Favorite Fruit: Avocados

Favorite Vegetable: Zucchini

John L.

John L.

Ripening Assistant

Favorite Fruit: Haitian Mangoes

Favorite Vegetable: Asparagus

Tyler D.

Tyler D.

Selector

Favorite Fruit: Quenepas

Favorite Vegetable: Zucchini

Production

Amber L.

Amber L.

Production Supervisor

Favorite Fruit: Strawberries

Favorite Vegetable: Carrots

Angel C.

Angel C.

Selector/Packer

Favorite Fruit: Strawberries

Favorite Vegetable: Cucumber

Berikti W.

Berikti W.

Packer

Favorite Fruit: Mangoes

Favorite Vegetable: Beans

Bianca R.

Bianca R.

Packer

Favorite Fruit: Kiwi

Favorite Vegetable: Cucumber

Bob H.

Bob H.

Manager of Production

Favorite Fruit: Tomatoes

Favorite Vegetable: Peppers

Brenda A.

Brenda A.

Packer

Favorite Fruit: Cherries

Favorite Vegetable: Corn

Caroline V.

Caroline V.

Packer/Shift Leader

Favorite Fruit: Mango

Favorite Vegetable: Broccoli

Deborah B.

Deborah B.

Packer

Favorite Fruit: Avocados

Favorite Vegetable: Okra

Dennis R.

Dennis R.

Production Supervisor

Favorite Fruit: Oranges

Favorite Vegetable: Spinach

Djay D.

Djay D.

Packer/Shift Leader

Favorite Fruit: Dragon Fruit

Favorite Vegetable: Cucumber

Dung N.

Dung N.

Packer

Favorite Fruit: Mangoes

Favorite Vegetable: Baby Bok Choy

Gertrudis V.

Gertrudis V.

Packer

Favorite Fruit: Cherries

Favorite Vegetable: Snow Peas

Hilda V.

Hilda V.

Packer

Favorite Fruit: Mangoes

Favorite Vegetable: Cucumber

Iman I.

Iman I.

Packer

Favorite Fruit: Bananas

Favorite Vegetable: Peppers

Jamar H.

Jamar H.

Packer

Favorite Fruit: Watermelon

Favorite Vegetable: Sweet Peppers

Lucia N.

Lucia N.

Packer

Favorite Fruit: Mangoes

Favorite Vegetable: Carrots

Lynn Q.

Lynn Q.

Packer

Favorite Fruit: Mandarins

Favorite Vegetable: Mushrooms

Maria S.

Maria S.

Packer/Shift Leader

Favorite Fruit: Cherries

Favorite Vegetable: Baby Bok Choy

Mark B.

Mark B.

Packer

Favorite Fruit: Strawberries

Favorite Vegetable: Green Beans

Marleny A.

Marleny A.

Packer

Favorite Fruit: Apples

Favorite Vegetable: Lettuce

Regina M.

Regina M.

Packing House Sanitation Coordinator

Favorite Fruit: Strawberries

Favorite Vegetable: Broccoli

Stella C.

Stella C.

Packer/Shift Leader

Favorite Fruit: Dragon Fruit

Favorite Vegetable: Potatoes

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