Our Team

As one of the most agile and well-connected distributors, we offer strategic solutions and an unmatched level of service.

When you work with us, we become an extension of your team. Our unparalleled responsiveness means that you always have the service you need when you need it.  

With over 40 years of experience, we’re proven industry experts in organics and beyond. If you are organic, regenerative, or conventional, our comprehensive seed-to-table network and strategic know-how will help support your business grow.  

Sara Thompson
Managing Director

Sara supports the Pacific Coast Trading Company team to promote fresh, quality produce across the country, and around the world. She has a true passion for working directly with growers to support future generations utilizing sustainable practices and innovation. 

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Scott Schultz
Director of Business Development and Vendor Relations

With over 30 years of experience in the produce industry, Scott has developed strong relationships with growers, customers and end users to fully understand how all parties can succeed. As the industry becomes more transactional, Scott maintains a personal touch when working with partners to guarantee integrity and pave a more authentic path moving forward.  

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Brian Everett
Sales Executive
Brad Sumner
Sales Executive

Brad aka “The Onion Guru” has spent his career learning the ins and outs of the produce industry. From working at a small market in his hometown to now working around the country to service all types of customers. If you have a question about onions, Brad is your guy!

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David Brugato
Sales Executive

David truly was born into the produce industry. As a family member of a second-generation family-owned produce distribution company he grew up working in all different areas of the business, which makes him the jack of all trades for PCTCo. His mindfulness to ensure the growers are valued and looked after creates a precedent for the rest of the supply chain process.

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Kayla Burks
Sales Executive

Kayla is one of our founding members of PCTCo and is an integral part of developing relationships with our growers and customers. With customer service being the forefront of her work, she can help customers get a direct line to the produce they are taking home.

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Mark Sandell
Sales Executive

Having started his career in the produce industry by loading trucks on the night shift for a produce market, Mark knows the effort is takes to get quality produce from farm to table. He values every interaction he has with growers and customers as a way to succeed together and grow the industry to be beneficial for everyone involved.

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Alicia Gates
Sales Support

Alicia is a veteran in the food and beverage industry, having worked in many restaurants throughout her career. Understanding the customers' needs firsthand helps her efficiently assist our sales team to ensure quality products are sources from growers.  

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Chris Laker
Sales Support

Originally working for our parent company in customer service, Chris has years of experience working with growers and customers. He puts their interest first and prides himself on honesty, commitment, and authenticity.

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Jay Bengel
Administration/Sales Support

Jay has a passion to strength the organic movement. With over 25 years of experience working in various roles in the produce industry, from warehouse operations to working on farms, he is dedicated to helping serve the end user and adapting to the changes in the industry.  

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Summer Johnson
Administration/Sales Support

Having a passion for healthy living, which includes ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to eat fresh fruits and vegetables, it is no shock that Summer has spent nearly a decade in the produce industry. She is excited about the industry’s push to be more eco-friendly with the growth of organics and biodegradable packaging.  

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