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Peirone Produce names president

brent shammo

Spokane, Washington, Peirone Produce, the largest distributor of fresh fruits and vegetables to independent grocers in the Inland Northwest, is pleased to announce their new President, Brent Shammo.

Brent is a visionary leader with almost 20-years of produce industry experience. After earning his bachelor’s in business administration and marketing from Bowling Green State University, Ohio, Brent began his career with Kroger where his career progressed into a Commodity Buyer. After leaving Kroger, Brent joined Oneonta Star Ranch Growers, in Wenatchee, Washington as their National Account Manager.

Since February 2022, Brent has been serving as the Director of Merchandising for Peirone Produce. Since that time, he has shown an impressive pursuit of knowledge about Peirone Produce’s operations and combined with his deep understanding of industry knowledge, it is easy to see why Brent was selected as the new President.

“We are thrilled to promote Brent Shammo to this important position,” said Ray Sprinkle, CEO/President of URM Stores, Inc, the parent company of Peirone Produce. “He has proven his ability and we are confident that his strategic thinking and dedication will ensure the continued success for our customers and lead the team to achieve new milestones.”

The entire Peirone Produce team extends their heartfelt appreciation to outgoing President, Michael Kamphaus, for his exceptional leadership and significant contributions to the company’s growth and success over the past nine years.  To ensure a smooth transition, Michael’s last day with the Company will be December 1st.

About Peirone Produce:

Peirone Produce was founded by Joe Peirone in 1945. At the end of World War II, Joe set up a modest shop on what is now considered the University District of Spokane, Washington. Joe and his family ran the company with a simple yet powerful belief that when you treat your employees, suppliers, and customers with respect and dignity, your company will prosper. During the ensuing years, the company stayed true to their core values and flourished.

In 1986, URM Stores, Inc acquired Peirone Produce and allowed it to continue to operate as an autonomous subsidiary company. By 2008, Peirone Produce had outgrown its original warehouse facility and plans were drawn to construct the finest produce warehouse in the Inland Northwest. Peirone’s moved its headquarters from downtown Spokane to the West Plains where this facility is the largest and most modern produce facility in the entire region.

We are proud to say that three-quarters of a century later, Peirone still operates under the same core principles of the freshest top-quality products, highly competitive prices, and a culture of treating employees, growers, and customers with respect and dignity.