Rainier Fruit promotes two to bigger sales roles

PRESS RELEASE Selah, WA; May 22, 2019: Rainier Fruit BB #:113453 is proud to be a company that recognizes talent and promotes from within.

Recently, CEO Mark Zirkle announced two major promotions at the company, naming Blake Belknap as Vice President of Sales and Blaine Markley as Director of Domestic Sales.

Blake Belknap has been with Rainier Fruit Company for 22 years, and was formerly the Director of Domestic Sales.

In his time with the company, Blake has become an invaluable source of knowledge and a leader on the Sales team. “I’m blessed to work with an amazing team,” he remarked, “and in this new role, I’m looking forward to working with them to ride the rapids of tomorrow’s Ag industry.”

“We are fortunate to have great leaders like Blake making a difference on our team.” commented Andy Tudor, Vice President of Business Development, “He brings years of experience and wisdom to this new role.”

Blaine Markley has been promoted to Director of Domestic Sales, filling Blake’s former role. Blaine has been with Rainier Fruit Company for seven years, starting out in the appointment scheduling department and progressing to the Domestic and Export Sales team before her recent promotion.

“I’m most looking forward to further engaging in the development of the company’s culture.” Blaine noted, “Hopefully from this new vantage point, I’ll be able to help shape the growth of others as I continue to look for ways to keep growing as an individual. Of course, my ultimate goal is to be a positive impact that grows the company as a whole.”

“It’s impressive to see the impact that Blaine has had at our company in just seven years,” remarked Mark Zirkle, CEO, “She brings drive and determination to the Director of Domestic Sales role, and we’re all excited to see how she will continue to excel.”

Rainier Fruit is a family-focused company that strives to create a healthy, happy workplace for its talented team members. With these two recent promotions, the organization demonstrates their commitment to promote from within and continue to develop talented individuals.

While these recent developments have slightly shifted the team, other key stakeholders at Rainier Fruit remain committed to their positions. Randy Abhold will remain as President of Rainier Fruit; Andy Tudor remains as Vice President of Business Development, and Troy Howard will remain as Director of Export Sales.

Rainier Fruit congratulates Blake Belknap and Blaine Markley on their recent promotions and looks forward to their continued success at the company.

About Rainier Fruit: Rainier Fruit is a multi-generation, vertically integrated fruit company based in Selah, WA. For more than 100 years, Rainier Fruit has cultivated a culture of stewardship that extends from their orchards to their communities that has made them an industry leader in the production of apples, pears, cherries and blueberries.

Andy Tudor
Rainier Fruit Company