FreshXperts, a consulting group for the fresh industry based in Kansas City, MO, announced PJ Petrillo as administrator and general manager on June 3.
In her new role, Petrillo will be responsible for the strategic planning and day-to-day operations, including development of business plans, collaborating with the board of directors, and oversight of all staff and committees.
“We are moving forward as the industry’s premier produce consultancy, and we want to ensure that we have the infrastructure in place to support our sustained growth,” said Ron Pelger, chairman of the company. “PJ will design and implement strategies to provide that infrastructure and help our organization function in a cost-effective and time-efficient manner.”
Petrillo, whose family has owned and operated a family farm in Jackson County, MO, for generations, is no stranger to the produce industry. She has previously worked in crisis management, education and law enforcement for the Blue Springs School District and the Blue Springs Police Department for 35 years. She has also taught at the university level, and continues to work as a consultant and special investigator for businesses, faith-based agencies, and organizations nationally and internationally.
Petrillo holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from the University of Central Missouri, has completed doctoral studies in education, and holds many national and international certifications in the psychology field.
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