After seven years as sales manager for Atlanta-based distributor General Produce Inc., Andrew Scott is leaving, effective June 12, to explore other opportunities in the produce industry.
Scott will continue in his role as president of the Southeast Produce Council, an organization he has served in a leadership capacity since 2004.
"My time at General has been one of growth and opportunity," Scott said. "The organization is more like an extended familyto me than just people I've worked with. The Folds family have been great owners to work for and [Executive Vice President] Randy Lineberger has been a friend and mentor. Now it's time for me to move on and look for new challenges in the industry and continue to learn and grow."
But before Scott settles on his next career stop, there are more important matters at-hand. He and his wife, Jennifer, plan to spend the summer "just hanging out" with daughters Payton, 16, Emma, 14, and Lily, 10.
"The girls are growing up, and I didn't want to look around a few years from now and wonder where they went without getting a chance to step aside and spend some true quality time with them and Jennifer," Scott said. "Between work and the SPC, my wife has been a produce widow, but she's behind me all the way and all the time, and I'm very much looking forward to some family time. Jennifer deserves it and so do the girls."
Scott also expressed an interest in maintaining a role in industry leadership after his term as SPC president ends in September 2014. He joined the 14-year-old organization in 2001 and has been in a leadership role since he was first elected to the board in 2004.
As the first person in the history of the SPC to hold every elected office, "I've seen just how much organizational participation and leadership impacts and propels our industry," Scott said. "It's humbling and it's hard work, but I enjoy it and look forward to exploring future opportunities."
"It is always unfortunate to lose as valuable an employee as Andrew has been over the last seven years," said Chief Financial Officer Jeannie Springfield. "Andrew has served and represented General Produce well throughout the produce industry. We wish Andrew all of the luck in the world and are confident he will excel wherever he lands."
A 1990 graduate of Regis University in Denver with dual degrees in accounting and business finance, Scott spent 15 years with C.H. Robinson, eventually becoming manager of produce at the Atlanta branch before joining General Produce in 2006.
"I've been lucky to work for two great companies and I've learned a lot," Scott said. "I don't know where I'll go from here, but I do know that what I've learned from great companies and great organizations will go with me and always be a part of me and I'm thankful for that."