John Vena, Inc. Taps Joe Killian for Sales Leadership Role
PHILADELPHIA, PA - Wholesale distributor John Vena, Inc. has added produce industry vet Joe Killian to its team, in a new role focused on business development. In this role, Killian will oversee business development efforts in the grocery sector—with a focus on regional independent banners—and retail growth strategy.
“It’s great to be joining the ranks at a forward-thinking produce company with 100 years of history behind them,” stated Killian in a press release. “I’m excited to work with such a talented and experienced team of professionals who have a genuine passion for produce and customer service—and who aren’t afraid to try new things. My time as an entrepreneur and manager has been valuable, but I most enjoy the strong business-to-business relationship aspect of this industry. Being in constant communication with customers and potential clients means the opportunity to help navigate a wide variety of challenges and situations, from merchandising to inventory management to pricing strategy. There’s always a new puzzle to solve—it’s exciting and rewarding.”
Prior to joining John Vena, Inc., Joe worked as Director of Operations at a leading foodservice distributor in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A press release noted that he owned and operated a produce distribution business in the Delaware Valley for more than a decade, during which he grew the organization from a single-truck enterprise into a business with a 10,000 square-foot distribution center and a seven-vehicle fleet. He also spent 10 years in sales with J. Ambrogi Foods developing and managing the Philadelphia region. Most recently, Joe addressed core operational challenges as Director of Operations at FarmArt Produce, which serves the Philadelphia metro area.
“We’re excited to have someone like Joe on board to strengthen our team and bolster our ability to cover new territory,” said Dan Vena, Director of Sales. “His depth of produce experience makes him a real asset not only to our team, but to our customers as well.”
Congratulations to Joe on this new role! We here at ANUK wish you and the John Vena team all the best.