Since 1999, Produce Careers has been a leader in executive recruiting within the fresh produce, food processing, and agribusiness sectors.  David Stornetta, who helped build companies in the fresh produce and agribusiness sectors, started Produce Careers with one employee in a small office in Arroyo Grande, California.  Our first employee, Tami Lister, is still with us today, as are many of our clients and customers who we served from day one.

Since then, Produce Careers has grown our offices in California and Indiana, and has filled positions across North America.  From California to Florida, from Ontario, Canada to Baja, Mexico we have built the talent pipeline that helps companies grow through their biggest asset – people.

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David Stornetta

President and Owner
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David started Produce Careers in 1999 with one goal: to be the first choice for top talent for the fresh produce, food processing, and agribusiness sectors.  As the President and Owner, David established our core values of Honesty, Fairness, and Respect.

David has an extensive leadership background, from board memberships and strategic planning, to leading and managing companies through growth and expansion.  He possesses twenty years of senior management experience and thirty five years of agribusiness experience, including his roles as General Manager of Apio, Inc., and Executive Vice President of Loomix, Inc.  He is well versed in franchise and new distribution development; international produce import/export business; new entity start-ups; mergers and organizational development.

David obtained his B.S. in Agricultural Business from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, CA.  David enjoys golf, travel, sports, and spending time with his family.

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Nathan Stornetta

Director of Client Relations, Executive Recruiter
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Nathan manages Produce Careers’ Indianapolis Office and oversees Business Development for the company, developing and fostering client relations with leading organizations.  Nathan’s expertise and relationships with companies throughout North America enable him to connect with hiring managers and hiring teams to understand each specific hiring need.  He identifies the broad impact and scope of each search as well as the core functions needed within each position.

Deeply vested in the Fresh Produce, related Agribusiness, and Food Processing Industries, Nathan is involved with several associations such as the Member Relations Task Force with the United Fresh Produce Association and is a member of the Produce Marketing Association, Southeast Produce Council, California League of Food Processors, among others.

Nathan began his career within the food industry as a Retail Sales Representative for ConAgra Foods.  He also spent a few years within the OEM Market as a Sales Representative for Arrow Electronics and Hardware Specialty Company.

Nathan achieved his B.S. in Agricultural Sales & Marketing from Purdue University and completed the PMA Leadership Symposium.

An avid golfer, fisherman, and hunter, he is very involved in his family and coaches youth baseball, basketball, and soccer.

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D.J. Stornetta

Director of Recruiting Operations, Executive Recruiter
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D.J. manages the California office, oversees the operational functions of the company, handles business development and executive recruiting.  By employing a thorough search process, D.J. successfully delivers talent acquisition results across multiple organizational levels, from the executive branch to critical mid level team members for clients across the U.S.  He possesses a strong expertise of the food processing, produce, and agribusiness industries.  He is a member of the Northwest Food Processors Association, California League of Food Processors, Fresh Produce and Floral Council, among others.

D.J.  began his career within the produce industry, in sales and sales support for Boskovich Farms and D’Arrigo Bros. of California.  He also spent a decade in the media and advertising sectors, including advertising sales with Telemundo and Univision.

D.J. achieved a B.A. in English from Sacramento State and played on the club lacrosse team.  He has completed certificates in media advertising, and also completed advertising course work through Art Center College of Design (ACN).

Part-time chauffeur to his three children, he supports their seasonal sports teams, piano recitals, and homework projects.

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Tami Lister

Senior Executive Recruiter
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Tami is Produce Careers’ very first employee, helping Dave establish the company and getting the organization started.  Since 1999, she has handled many functions and responsibilities including business development, client management, full life cycle recruiting, sourcing, and talent acquisition.  Tami has placed C-Suite leaders and important team members through all job categories and disciplines with multi-national, medium sized, and start-up companies.  She possesses a deep understanding of the fresh produce industry as well as food processing, farming, and other areas of agribusiness.

Before being a key contributor at Produce Careers, Tami was a Project Site Manager and Technical Recruiter within the nuclear power industry where she managed staffing contracts at nuclear energy facilities in California, Texas, and Connecticut.

Tami achieved her B.S. in Business Administration at Fresno State.  She enjoys travel, fly fishing, camping and spending time with friends and extended family.

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Katie Settle

Executive Recruiter
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Katie employs a focused, efficient, targeted recruiting approach to acquire top talent for organizations within the packaging, food processing, fresh produce, and other agriculture sectors.  She handles all areas of the recruiting life cycle, and works with urgency and sensitivity to the timing and hiring needs of each search project.

Katie has a well rounded background in recruiting and sales.  Previously, Katie was a District Recruiting Manager with Farmers Insurance and a Sales Representative with Padgett Instruments.  Prior to recruiting and sales, she was an Industrial Engineer for Hallmark Cards.

She achieved her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State.  Katie is highly involved and supportive of her family’s full sports scholastics schedule.  She enjoys skiing, travel, and is involved in mission work.

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Jennifer Mazza

Executive Recruiter
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Jennifer has an extensive recruiting background with organizations ranging from small businesses to those at the enterprise level.  An expert in full life cycle recruiting, Jennifer’s diligent, comprehensive approach yields terrific results for clients in the fresh produce, food manufacturing, and related sectors.  She enjoys introducing top talent to great companies and delivers excellent service to candidates and client teams through all stages of the selection process to provide a positive hiring experience.

Formerly with Innovative Placements and Sequent Consultants, Jennifer focused contract and permanent placements within the Health Care industry.  She has over a decade of search experience with mid to senior level roles.

Jennifer achieved her Business Management degree from Columbus State in Ohio, and is deeply involved with her family, sports activities, and travel.

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Melody Dante

Executive Recruiter
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Melody excels at working closely with hiring teams and developing successful, productive, long-term client relationships.  She possesses a solid understanding of candidate attributes, skills, capabilities, and fit for client organizations.   An expert in every stage of the recruiting process, Melody has a strong knowledge of operations, production, quality assurance, and finance positions, among other job categories.  She excels in many areas of the fresh produce, food processing, and related sectors.

Melody has an extensive recruiting background as a Principle with a Global Recruiters Network firm in the Central Coast, serving the Medical Device sector.  Her strong sales background includes air charter and franchise sales, and she has a strong background in the food service industry.

Outside of the office, Melody enjoys boating, fishing and hunting with her family.  She takes advantage of the Central Coast surroundings as an artist, creating murals from sea glass, as well as painting re-creations of famous impressionist works.

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Mark Teague

Executive Recruiter
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Mark handles full-cycle recruiting, employing an analytical approach, thorough research and  a strong sense of urgency.  He is an expert in many areas of the food industry including chemical, packaging, and biotech.  He works with clients and candidates throughout North America.

Previously Mark was a Senior Recruiter in the medical industry with Maxim Staffing Solutions, focusing on providing contract, temp-to-perm, per diem, and direct hire personnel to many segments of the health care market in California’s Central Coast.  He worked closely with candidates through all phases of the process, and developed new clients with medical offices throughout the region.

A Scholarship Athlete for Alderson-Broaddus University in West Virginia, Mark played 4 years of NCAA Baseball and achieved his Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Management.

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Rich Lentz

Executive Recruiter
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Rich helps candidates and clients across many position categories including sales, operations, and finance. Handling all areas of the recruiting process, his expertise extends throughout the food, produce, and agriculture industries.

Prior to Produce Careers, Rich worked extensively in the healthcare staffing and home health sectors.  With Maxim Healthcare Services, his areas of focus included four years healthcare recruiting experience, six years in staffing operations management, and six years in sales, marketing and business development.  He was a three-time Winner’s Circle Award Winner.  He thoroughly enjoys helping organizations strengthen their teams, as well as helping individuals achieve their own personal and professional goals.

Rich achieved his Bachelor’s in Telecommunications from Ball State University in Indiana.

Rich enjoys volunteering for causes such as the American Cancer Society, Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Central Indiana, and the Indiana Special Olympics, among others.  He enjoys sports, home improvement projects and raising his young, growing family.

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Tara Schwartz

Executive Recruiter
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Tara handles full-cycle recruiting functions and works very well with candidates and hiring teams alike.  She has a strong background in the farming, floral, and general agribusiness sectors.  She works with hiring companies from coast-to-coast to find great talent.

Previously, Tara was Produce Careers’ researcher, working very closely with our team to source candidates through a wide array of research and networking avenues.

Tara achieved her B.A. in Agricultural Science, with an emphasis in Communications and a minor in Horticulture from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.  She was deeply involved in the Cal Poly Organic Farm, where she managed the Community Supported Agriculture Program. She also interned with the Cal Poly Center for Sustainability, helping with community outreach, events and fundraising.

Outside of work she enjoys all California’s Central Coast has to offer. She enjoys horseback riding, hiking, softball, and volunteering at her son’s school.

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Lisa Wilberding

Office Manager
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Lisa is the hub of Produce Careers.  She handles almost everything: trade show coordination and travel, email campaigns and newsletters, database entry and website content, invoicing, AP/AR, overall facilitating day to day office operations.  She has improved, organized, and streamlined business processes and increased company productivity and efficiency.

Lisa has over 20 years of professional experience in executive, human resources, and administrative support.  She was the Executive Assistant, Inventory Management and Customer Service Representative for a pharmaceutical wholesaler in San Luis Obispo, California, and the Recruitment / Human Resources Coordinator for a large corporate law firm in Palo Alto, California.

Lisa enjoys travel, camping, and supporting her children’s sports and academic activities.

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