Claire H. Smith

Sunkist honors sales leaders

October 12, 2004

October 12, 2004, Sherman Oaks, Calif...Sunkist Growers honored six members of its North American sales team for their outstanding performances at an annual sales conference in San Francisco late September.

“This annual event,” said John McGuigan, Sunkist’s vice president of fresh fruit sales, "brings together our sales force to review past successes, congratulate outstanding individuals and develop successful sales and marketing plans for the upcoming season.”

Sarah Matejowsky, who heads the cooperative's Raleigh Office, received the company’s highest sales honor – The President’s Award for Marketing Excellence – presented by Sunkist President Jeff Gargiulo. “Sarah exemplifies our approach to service-oriented sales leadership,” said Gargiulo. “She is a cutting edge sales leader and a real team player." Matejowsky led in sales with an overall 20% increase. In the seasonal specialties category she showed a 24% increase over the average; she had a 23% increase in navel sales; a 13% increase in lemon sales and turned in a 37% increase in grapefruit sales.” A graduate of Texas A&M in Food Science and Technology, Matejowsky began her Sunkist career in the Houston office and has managed the Raleigh office since its opening in 2003.

Sales Leader awards went to five other "star" sales people. Lance McMillan, who joined Sunkist's national sales office in Visalia, California in 2002, was recognized for his outstanding performance in the retail/wholesale sector. Under his leadership, sales to one of the office's biggest account increased a whopping 61% this year. And, while that was the largest increase, it certainly was not the only one.

Sales Leader Steve McKee joined Sunkist in 1998 and became manager of the Toronto sales office in 2002. This year, he led his office to an overall 10% increase in sales; 29% increase in lemon sales; 22% increase in grapefruit sales and 20% in the sales of seasonal specialties. McKee is a political science graduate of McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.

Sales Leader John Young began his Sunkist career in Ohio in 1969 starting as a merchandiser and working his way up to manager of the Cincinnati sales office in 1983. Well versed in all aspects of the business, Young led his team to a 9% overall increase in sales with the office's top six customers each up 20%.

John Slagel, director of Sunkist’s Eastern Region, Pittsburgh, PA, has consistently ranked among the top sales staff. He led his region to substantial increases in sales volumes to his area's largest customers and a 42% increase in sales of seasonal specialties. A Penn State graduate in agricultural economics, Slagel worked in the retail side of the produce business for eight years before joining Sunkist in 1991.

Manager of the Montreal sales office John LeMarquand was singled out for his office’s performance. A10-year Sunkist veteran, LeMarquand has managed the Montreal office since 1998. His team pushed the office's seasonal specialties sales to a 34% increase this year; lemon sales to a 22% increase and navel sales to a 20% rise. LeMarquand is a graduate from McGill University with a degree in business.



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