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Oppy promotes Ben Vallejo

BEN VALLEJO, a 15-year veteran with The Oppenheimer Group, was promoted to sales manager of the company's Chino Hills, CA, office, effective April 1.

Mr. Vallejo, who had been an Oppy sales representative since 2007, now leads the seven-person team responsible for marketing the company’s products in the southwestern United States, as well as national foodservice business development.

“Ben is uniquely qualified for the sales management role, thanks to his proven sales leadership, his expertise with category development and grower relations, and the unparalleled product knowledge that comes from his quality assurance experience,” Eric Coty, West Coast director of sales for Oppy, said in a press release. “He brings a full complement of very relevant skills into the role.”

Mr. Vallejo joined Oppy in 1998 as a quality-control inspector, taking on positions of increasing responsibility and becoming West Coast quality-control manager in 2005. Two years later, he transitioned into sales.

Along the way, Mr. Vallejo was given category management oversight of Oppy's citrus and kiwifruit business for the western United States while also managing its New Zealand apricot deal for the region. He will continue to hold these responsibilities.

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