Rex Lawrence

President

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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.

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Julie Marcik

DIRECTOR OF SEARCH

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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.

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Jen Brommeland

EXECUTIVE SEARCH CONSULTANT

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Jen brings to our team 20 years of outstanding experience in Human Resources management. Jen’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.

Jen’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. Jen 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.

Jen 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.

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Khrys Kaphan

EXECUTIVE SEARCH CONSULTANT

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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.

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Caryn Wong

EXECUTIVE SEARCH CONSULTANT

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Caryn grew up in Sunnyvale, California on a family-owned flower farm and nursery operation. This early exposure to the business of farming played a key role in her current knowledge of the agriculture industry and the people who work within it. Caryn’s passion is helping people find jobs they truly love and helping companies flourish and grow with the great people she has sourced for them. Caryn loves getting to know the smallest details about candidates and companies so that expectations are met on all sides of the hiring process.

Caryn graduated from UC Davis with a BS degree in Dietetics and worked as an HR Information Systems Analyst after college. Today, she loves working as a Search Consultant in the produce industry and is a strong resource for our team. Caryn offers not only a friendly, personable approach to the search process, but a great deal of focus, efficiency, and strategic thinking overall.  

Caryn not only works hard but she plays hard! She is a tennis lover and has a wicked backhand. She enjoys watching professional matches and she plays doubles tennis regularly.  When she’s not on the court, Caryn enjoys reading and she attempts to finish one book each month for her Book Club. Caryn has two sons – one in high school and one in college. Her newest passion is watching college football and cheering for the Crimson Tide (UA) while scanning the stands to catch a glimpse of her son. Roll Tide! She also loves spending time with her husband and eating out at highly-reviewed and ethnic hole-in-the-wall restaurants.

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