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Oppy welcomed industry veteran Joe Padilla to its Texas-based sales force.

Mr. Padilla joined the full-service marketer and distributor in December with over 30 years' experience in produce purchasing, sales and retail in Houston. He was most recently a buyer at Grocers Supply Produce Co., specializing in berries, grapes and stone fruit. From 1999 to 2008, he sold citrus for Sunkist Growers to retailers and wholesalers throughout Texas. JoePadillaJoe PadillaPrior to that he held a sales and marketing role at Country Fresh Inc. for two-and-a-half years.

Mr. Padilla began his career as a produce clerk at a local Foodarama store while he was in high school, which parlayed into buying and sales roles for Grocers Supply Produce Co. from 1985 to 1997.

"With a great deal of expertise on both sides of the transaction, Joe is an excellent fit for us," Jeff Walker, sales manager at Oppy's Houston location, said in a press release. "His versatility and relationships in the industry have enabled him to contribute to the team from the start."

Mr. Padilla said the opportunity to return to sales, along with the positive things he'd observed about the company's culture, attracted him to the Oppy role.

"As a buyer at Grocers Supply, I had been an Oppy customer," he said in the press release. "Through that experience, I came to appreciate what a unique company this is and what good people work here. I wanted to get back into sales, and this is the right opportunity for me."

Mr. Padilla sells the full assortment of Oppy items and will help build a stronger presence for the marketer in the in the south central United States, which is served by its Houston location.