With sales and account presence all over the US, Russet Potato Exchange (RPE) has branched out from Wisconsin with the opening of its first satellite office in Chicago through the help of Mike Shamberg and John (Jay) Martini Jr., formerly of The Art Kramer Company.
“Our new Chicago office allows us to offer greater customer service levels and touch points within the Chicago market, as well as extended Midwest markets by expanding our sales staff with experienced professionals like Mike and Jay,” Russell Wysocki, president of RPE, said in a company statement.
When asked about the transition, Mr Shamberg remarked, “RPE presented Jay (Martini) and I with an opportunity to utilize our collective business experience and expand our customer base. Our close working relationship with RPE over the years has been based in trust and respect. Their continued growth in the industry was a testament to their vision and we wanted to be a part of that.”
Mr Martini added: “I am excited about the opportunity to work for a proactive company that is well positioned to take advantage of market opportunities. RPE’s willingness to bring Mike and I on board and expand their customer base and product mix speaks to their commitment to growth.”
RPE Chicago will be based in Skokie, Illinois, and officially opened for business on Monday 23 March.
In addition to handling potatoes, onions and tomatoes, RPE Chicago will be available for short service and will occasionally handle a variety of additional items including cabbage, carrots, melons and mixed root vegetables.