United Apple Sales (UAS) a grower, packer, shipper, and marketer of domestic and import apples, pears and cherries, has announced the promotion of one if its longest-tenured management employees, Brett Baker, to Corporate Vice President of the parent company and a new member of the ownership team.
Baker graduated with honors from Cornell University, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, with a degree in Applied Economics and Business Management. He joined United Apple in 2010 as international and domestic Account Manager, and a member of the executive management team.
Right: Brett Baker.
Ward Dobbins, President and owner of United Apple, commented that Baker has been a key associate of their team and been instrumental in driving major sales and operations initiatives for the company and its subsidiary divisions.
“Brett has a unique background in the agricultural sector where he started as a fourth-generation grower with his family farms in NY learning the business literally from the ground up, and later becoming the company’s General Manager. He brings a comprehensive understanding of the ag business, that has proven invaluable with our growers both domestically and internationally.
Right: Ward Dobbins.
“He also brings his store management experience with major retailers to United Apple, which gives our team credibility and a definite edge in designing programs that resonate with our regional and national retail partners,” commented Dobbins.
United Apple has been growing new varieties – EverCrisp, Ruby Frost, and SnapDragon – and Baker has played an integral role in fine tuning growing practices to maximize the productivity of new orchards and leveraging the apples to give retail partners an advantage in the marketplace.
“With retailers looking to get closer to growers and suppliers, Brett is able to bring unparalleled knowledge and insights to the marketplace. His expertise is recognized by retailers and ag communities where he has been active in both local and national trade group activities,” said Dobbins.
Baker currently serves as a member of the US Apple Export Council and a member of the US Apple Board.
“I am excited about becoming an owner with the Dobbins family, who has given me every opportunity to be successful with the company. It is a dream for me and my family to know that we can play a vital role in contributing to United Apple’s great future,” commented Baker.
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