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Staff changes at Markon

Markon Cooperative, Inc. is pleased to announce the promotion of John Galvez and the hiring of Baha Sadduk to key food safety positions within the organization.

Markon is proud to announce the well-deserved promotion of John Galvez to senior director of quality assurance and food safety. Galvez's journey with the company began in 2000 when he joined the team as a quality assurance inspector. His dedication and expertise over many years led to his promotion to quality assurance director in 2010. Over his 25-year tenure, he has been instrumental in developing Markon's inspection practices, fostering strong relationships with its growers, expanding the role of its quality assurance inspectors, and providing educational farm tours to customers. In his new role, he will lead the food safety program, be the voice of Markon for all food safety-related matters, and drive its strategic food safety and quality initiatives.

"With his leadership skills and dedication to driving food safety results, John has consistently demonstrated his ability to exceed expectations," said Andy Hamilton, CEO.

Left to right: John Galvez, Baha Sadduk

Markon is also excited to announce that Baha Sadduk joined the company in October 2023 as food safety director. With over 30 years of experience in the produce industry, Sadduk's deep understanding of the supply chain from farm to table will further enhance the company's food safety and quality programs. Previously, Sadduk helped food desert areas access fresh produce and supported nonprofits, small-scale growers, and distributors to improve operational efficiencies, food safety, and quality assurance practices.

Sadduk oversees compliance with Markon's 5-Star Food Safety Program standards and ensures all Markon First Crop, Ready-Set-Serve, and Markon Essentials products meet or exceed its stringent food safety standards. He also interfaces with company members, providing them with food safety information and conducting ongoing field research. Sadduk reports to Galvez.

"Baha's complete supply chain experience and food safety knowledge are valuable contributions to the team," said Galvez. "I look forward to working together to take the Markon Food Safety Program to the next level."

"Both John and Baha have demonstrated outstanding commitment and expertise in the realms of quality assurance and food safety," said Hamilton. "John set the standard for excellence for over 20 years as the preeminent industry voice through our "Boots in the Fields" program. We've created a great combination by coupling the strengths of John's team and his resources with Baha and our food safety personnel."

For more information:
Nelia Alamo
Tel: +1 (209) 678-1354
[email protected]

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