With 29 years of experience in the Northwest pear industry, Scott is responsible for developing Rivermaid Trading Company’s base of growers and products in this strategic region. Scott says, “Produce is in my blood.” And he has the pedigree to prove it, with a father who served as a produce buyer for Kroger in the 1970s.
“I remember going to the Los Angeles Produce Market with him as a kid, as he bought produce for the warehouse,” Scott recalls. “I liked the interaction between buyer and seller – it was business done on a handshake, and it’s essentially done the same way today.”
Scott understands that the produce business relies on personal relationships, and is largely based on trust. Developing trust means consistently performing for both our growers and customers, product after product, year after year. He also understands the risks of farming, and enjoys helping our growers become as successful as possible.
With a degree in Business Management from Northwest Nazarene College, Scott appreciates Rivermaid Trading Company’s approach to business. “We’re an industry leader, a forward thinker, with progressive owners and young, aggressive management,” he says. “At the same time, we’re good stewards of the land, responsibly keeping it in a healthy state and giving back to our community and our industry in many ways.”
In his spare time, Scott likes to fish with his kids, coach high school girls softball and basketball, play golf and enjoy a good cigar. He also serves on the Pear Bureau Northwest Promotional Board and the Fresh Pear Committee Board, and has been a Salvation Army board member for six years. Scott is on the Foundation Board of Cascade Christian High School.