Mission Produce's Ross Wileman, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Announces Retirement; Steve Barnard Comments
OXNARD, CA - I would argue that the best part of a job well done is the chance to look back at everything you’ve accomplished with a sense of achievement. This is the case for Mission Produce's Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Ross Wileman, as he has announced his retirement after 36 years with the company.
“To have grown the avocado category from the very beginning into what it is today, alongside the fun and competitive people at Mission, was my heart and soul,” said Wileman. “I wouldn’t have wanted to see my career through to retirement anywhere else, which speaks to the type of team we have. They know successful relationships are built on trust and aren’t afraid to put in the hard work to get there. I have no doubt they are going to keep paving the way forward.”
In his more than three decades with Mission, Wileman has become well-respected not only in the avocado industry, but across fresh produce, as noted in a release. Backed by a strong reputation, he is known for his contributions and unwavering dedication to the sector, including his support in the development of one of the world’s first ripe programs and the expansion of the category overseas.
Wileman began his relationship with Mission as a grower and joined the company five years later as a Field Representative. From there, he joined the domestic sales team, rising through the ranks to lead the company’s sales and marketing departments. In his time with Mission, he played a key role in the continued expansion of the supplier’s international business and led its sales and customer service teams as well.
“Ross planted trust, reliability, and drive into the culture of the company, and his calm-under-pressure demeanor served the business on all levels,” said Steve Barnard, Chief Executive Offcier and Founder. “He was highly regarded by customers and was a voice of reason in every discussion. He’s been incredibly successful with Mission and has left a legacy on the category and industry.”
Cheers to Ross Wileman as he steps into retirement, looking back at all of his impressive achievements and contributions to the industry.