Rex Lawrence



Rex Lawrence was born and raised in Salinas, CA. His extensive experience in the produce industry includes positions in Senior Sales, Marketing and Management for some of the industry’s most successful companies. As a leader, entrepreneur, and relationship-builder in the industry, his knowledge and network extends to all types of positions, sectors and levels in the produce business and beyond.

Rex’s role at Joe Produce Search is to lead his team in connecting produce industry companies with talented candidates. As a true “people person,” Rex has been building relationships and meeting new people at every point in his career. Rex loves the challenge of learning about his clients’ hiring needs, company culture and objectives, then finding the person who matches that criteria. “First and foremost, we are a produce company. There is nothing better than the feeling of helping a talented person and a great company come together. We really do change lives and make an impact on the industry on a very personal level.”

When Rex isn’t at the office, he enjoys tennis, working out, health & fitness, and spending time with his wife and daughter.

E-mail LinkedIn

Julie Marcik



Julie grew up on the California Coast in the agriculture-rich community of Half Moon Bay. She is keenly aware that the produce industry is a unique career path and she welcomes the challenge of connecting companies with candidates who truly desire to work in this industry. Julie often tells candidates that produce is a lifestyle, and not just another job. She has enjoyed incredible success making quality matches for our clients and loves seeing what people can achieve when they are placed in the right employment situation.

Julie is a Certified Personnel Consultant and a member of the National Association of Personnel Services. With 15+ years of experience in executive recruiting, she is extremely knowledgeable in current, essential employment laws and practices. She has managed teams throughout her career, and understands the importance of a good hire from the perspective of both the candidate and the company.

Julie has two young children with her husband, who is also in the recruiting business. In her free time Julie enjoys family fun, yoga, cooking and entertaining friends and family. Julie speaks Danish fluently and has traveled extensively in the US, Europe and South America. She hopes to travel more as her kids grow older because she is passionate about meeting new people and learning about different cultures.

E-mail LinkedIn

Jenn Brommeland



Jenn brings to our team 20 years of outstanding experience in Human Resources management. Jenn’s role at Joe Produce Search has helped our team place numerous successful candidates in new roles at companies of all sizes, and she looks forward to assisting more employers with their recruiting needs.

Jenn’s background includes a BA degree in Organizational Communications, executive-level recruiting for a nationally-recognized corporation, and expertise in employee training and development, HRIS management, retention strategies, screening, and selection. Jenn creates great relationships with her clients and is a responsive, attentive Search Consultant. She is a crucial member of our team who handles all aspects of the recruiting cycle, from job posting to interviewing to offer letter creation/delivery and new hire job offers/orientations.

Jenn and her husband enjoy raising their 3 children and being involved in their sports programs. She likes watching Sunday Night Football, scrap-booking, and volunteering at the school.

E-mail LinkedIn

Khrys Kaphan


KK headshot

Khrys was born and raised in Half Moon Bay, an agriculturally-rich small community on California’s coast. Khrys’ immersion in the industry truly came into play when she joined Joe Produce in 2016 as part of the company’s Sales and Marketing Team.

Although she joined the produce industry later than some of her teammates, her passion for helping people has been a fixture ever since she started out on her career path. With a background in finance and then in personal training, Khrys has always held positions that put people’s success at the forefront. One of her joys in life is helping people through challenges and seeing them through to the end.

In her role as an Executive Search Consultant with Joe Produce Search, Khrys is an integral part of the search team making matches between talented produce professionals and exceptional produce companies. We are confident that her strong work ethic, determination for excellence, and passion for helping people will ensure her success.

Alongside her husband and two children, Khrys enjoys daily workouts, as well as doing anything outdoors, such as hunting, camping, and fishing.

E-mail LinkedIn

Erinn Barberini



Erinn was born in Toronto, Ontario into a large family with roots in the retail produce world. Her uncles, and then her cousins, worked in produce stores for as long as she can remember and her mom has worked in the San Francisco produce market for over a decade. Erinn was relocated to the Bay Area in Northern California in 1993 with her parents and 2 younger brothers, where she remained until just recently.

Erinn started recruiting as a Candidate Specialist directly out of school in 1997, specializing in Administrative and Office Management roles. Over the years she has managed projects of all types in the tech world and has had the opportunity to recruit for Administrative, Healthcare, Software and Hardware (Tech/IT) industries; and now Produce.

Erinn and her husband Dominic have been together for over 23 years, and have 2 energetic, fun-loving, exhausting sons. In 2018 they decided to begin a new chapter and relocated the family out of the Bay Area and into Fair Oaks, California. Erinn wanted to get closer to her rural roots, with hopes of someday having even more land with animals and gardens to care for. They are an active family that loves the outdoors, traveling, camping, snowboarding, hiking, exploring and family time of any kind. She’s a self proclaimed “crafty person” who loves to update and refurbish old furniture pieces and pulls her kids into any one of her craft ideas as often as possible.

E-mail LinkedIn

Amy Grolnick



Amy is our newest Search Consultant, bringing over 20 years of diverse produce industry experience to our team. Amy truly values the time she has spent out in the fields and orchards experiencing the nuances of each crop. She has had the opportunity to gain first-hand exposure to the intricacies involved in the entire farm to fork process.

Amy’s experience includes working for a grower shipper in sales, a national procurement company as a commodity and account manager, and most recently for a global reusable container company as an account manager. Her diverse experience gives her a broad perspective of the business, from field to end user, and all points in between. Amy enjoys all her long-lasting relationships which she has built with growers, shippers, distributors, wholesalers, marketers, procurement professionals, and company leaders across North America.

Besides continuously growing her produce IQ, Amy enjoys cooking and entertaining in her hometown of Salinas, California. Amy and her husband are busy parents, raising their teenage daughter and son. Her daughter is a scholar and cheerleader and her son has been playing lacrosse for several years.

E-mail LinkedIn