Pompano Beach, FL – We’re excited to welcome two new members to the Sol Group Marketing BB #:169354 team. Brian Slagel joins as Vice President of Sales, and Ronniesha Littlejohn as Sales Account Manager.
Brian Slagel, Vice President of Sales
Slagel brings a wealth of knowledge and more than 30 years of experience in the produce industry to the role. Formerly the Director of Sales and Sunkist Growers, Inc., Slagel served 28 years with Sunkist in various roles, including Director of Sales for Canada/US Central, Director of Business Development, and Director of North American Sales. He was awarded the President’s Award for Sales Excellence in 1998 and opened the Florida sales office that same year.
“I am very excited to work with the industry leader in the import melon business,” says Slagel. “Sol’s vertically integrated business model, excellent reputation, and talented sales and supply team have impressed me from day one. I look forward to being a part of this organization at a time when Sol is positioning itself to excel to a higher level in delivering quality, innovation, and service to our partners,” he says.
“We are very lucky to have Brian join our Sol leadership team,” says Sol President Mark Cassius. “He brings in a wealth of produce industry experience and shares our culture of teamwork and inclusion.”
Now based in Fort Lauderdale, Slagel enjoys spending his free time with his wife and two kids and occasionally getting out on the water for fly fishing. Contact him at Bslagel@solgroup-marketing.com.
Ronniesha Littlejohn, Sales Account Manager
Formerly the Category Manager at Kroger overseeing potatoes, onions, and multicultural, Littlejohn brings nearly 15 years of industry experience to her sales role. She began her career in produce in one of Kroger’s buying offices in Fresno and was “quickly bitten by the produce bug.”
She has held various roles within Kroger, from entry-level ASP to Assistant Buyer for both Produce and Floral, store management, and her final assignment of category management. She is grateful to have gained experience with various commodities throughout her tenure, from berries to wet and dry vegetables, nuts, and indoor floral.
“I am excited for the opportunity to work for a global leader in imported melons that is focused on incredible flavor and quality and cares about the land and people who grow the fruit,” says Littlejohn. “I am also excited to learn this side of the produce industry and work with this amazing group of people here at Sol Group.”
President Mark Cassius shares her excitement for the new role. “Ronniesha brings her infectious enthusiasm and former category experience to Sol. She joins us after many years on the retail side building a great reputation for developing key categories,” he says. “In Ronniesha’s new role, she will work with key accounts, using her experience to assist in planning category growth and helping us in new product development.”
Littlejohn is based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and is happy to be living closer to her dad. She enjoys reading, karaoke, boxing, and traveling in her spare time. Contact her at Rlittlejohn@Solgroup-marketing.com.
About Sol Group Marketing
Sol Group Marketing is the largest grower, packer, and shipper of melons during the offshore season. Thanks to the commitment of its dedicated employees, Sol grows over 200 million melons across 17,500 acres of farmland in Guatemala and Honduras each season. Since 1985, Sol has uniquely owned and operated its farms, and through its fully integrated supply chain, the company continues to succeed as the industry leader in food safety compliance and sustainable practices during the winter season. Part of the Fyffes Group since 2007, the company is committed to providing its customers with the highest quality products and excellent customer service while also growing the love for melons across North America. To learn more about Sol Group Marketing, visit www.solmelons.com.