An Experienced Team that Puts Customers First
Since 1990, the NPC LLC team has specialized in developing and customizing fresh produce supply solutions for a diverse list of food serving clientele. The specialists at NPC have extensive experience in every phase of the entire fresh produce supply chain, from Farm to ForkTM: augmented by an extensive investment in proprietary Information Technology software platforms that are web-based, easily accessible to all integrated partners. NPC prides itself on being small enough to provide personal attention to all clients, but big enough to bring upmost leverage to benefit even the largest multi-unit chains across the U.S and Canada.
Words like responsiveness, transparency and integrity are a key integral part of our Ongoing Mission.
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Leading the Team is President and Chief Visionary, Tony Forsythe. Tony worked his way up through independent produce distributors and broad liners, and today has over 30 years of diverse industry experience. He believes that in order to manage the fork, you have to see the farm. He’s often found touring farms with clients or on his own. He has personally been to growing areas in nearly 35 states and visited over 175 distributors. As he says, “You have to touch it, see it, and feel it” to get a real sense of appreciation for fresh produce. Tony brings his faith-based beliefs to bear in the personal industry relationships he and NPC, LLC have built. He is a proud husband and father of three children and grandpa to one. When he is not at the office (which is extremely rare) he can be found spending time with his family fishing out on the lake or serving at his church. “Gather a harvest from the seeds that were sown, that we may be fed with the bread of life.”214.395.3311 TForsythe@nproduce.com
With over 15 years now at NPC, the fresh produce industry has truly become part of Courtney’s DNA pattern. She has and continues to devote herself to working hands-on in all departments on a daily basis, including a key role in the pivotal development and testing of NPC’s proprietary web-based software platforms. Not surprisingly, Courtney has quickly become the known face of NPC across the country to our developing clientele, partner base and travels quite extensively at times to represent the company in various professional venues. As an outstanding ambassador for the company, Courtney has developed a true knack for keeping NPC ahead of the curve alongside managing a growing team within a well-balanced, positive culture and environment. She often refers to the Team as her “NPC Family”. On a personal level, she is the proud mother of a first chair trumpet player and enjoys running in her free time. “Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.”
Marlene is a highly motivated and relatable IT professional with over 25 years IT experience in the Chemical, Manufacturing, Supply Chain, and Computing industries. Marlene has a Computer Science, Management Information Systems, and MBA degrees. She is well versed and trained in several SAP (System Applications & Products) Data Warehousing and Reporting Analytics modules implemented on US Military projects and now she is learning SAP Ariba. She is a Certified Scrum Master which is an Agile framework for team collaboration and completing complex projects. She has brought her technical skills to many different industries before joining the produce field and brings a variety of outlooks to our business which helps keep us on the forefront of the industry. Marlene plans to leverage her background at NPC implementing IT best practices, Application development standards, and Team collaboration while working with our valued Partners IT organizations. Marlene was born in Trinidad & Tobago, studied in the US, and lived in several US states. She enjoys traveling the world trying delicious foods and making new friends. She has been to Rome, England, South & Central America and most of the Caribbean Islands. Marlene moved to Texas to be closer to her only daughter whose job relocated her to Texas. “There cannot be a crisis next week. My schedule is already full”
Tiffany is an integral part of the team here at NPC. She was born and raised in Texas and continues to live right outside Downtown Dallas. Tiffany studied at Dallas County Community college where she double majored in Education and Business Management. Tiffany is also bilingual. Although NPC was her break into the industry, her strong work ethic has pitched her way ahead of her tenure as one of the most knowledgeable and helpful around. When she is not working she enjoys spending time with her kids at home and being involved in their extracurricular activities from baseball to soccer to beauty pageants. She also enjoys crafting and party planning in her free time. “Keep your face always towards the sunshine, and shadows will fall behind you”
Desiree, also commonly referred to as Dez grew up in the industry and is now 1 of 3 generations working here at NPC. She most prominently works in procurement, but is well versed across the entire company also as a national account manager and plays a heavy role in the food safety department. She has an Associate of Arts degree from Collin College, Bachelor of Arts from The University of North Texas and has continued her education at SMU & Collin College with Business & Sales Management Certifications. When she is not working she enjoys traveling, live music, and spending as much time as possible with her family, including her beautiful daughter Kolby. “You aren't wealthy until you have something money can't buy.”
Larry usually doesn’t need an introduction. If you hear a “howdy yall” or people laughing, you can usually guess he is around. He has been with us for about 10 years now. His education includes a mixed bag of resources he has gained while working for many great leaders in the restaurant and produce industries. Outside of the four walls he is a father to two daughters who have blessed him with two amazing spirited granddaughters (that he is determined to make Aggies out of). As a 3rd generation Texan, you can find him at church, playing Texas Hold’Em, watching any professional Texas sports team, or listening to Jimmy Buffet with some sangria. “Remember to live each day to the fullest, never leave a door unopened and it never hurts to have some pixie dust handy!”
Karin is truly part of the heart here at NPC. She has been with the company for about 15 years and is constantly evolving to assist in the growth and success of the company. She was born in Oklahoma, spent some short time in Miami & Kansas City, but has lived the majority of her life here in Texas. Aside from the 15 years we have been lucky to have her, she previously spent another 20 years in retail in the fresh meat and seafood sector. When she is not working she loves spending time with her 4 grandchildren and her 3 dogs; a Chihuahua, a miniature Dachshund, and a Great Dane. Karin also enjoys gardening, concerts, sports, enjoying the backyard fire pit, and playing board games with her friends and family. She is proud wife and mother to 4 wonderful children and honored to be a mother of a United States Marine. “Nothing is Impossible, the word itself says I’m Possible.”
Buna was born in a small town in Palo Pinto TX then moved to Carrollton, TX when he was 3 years. Raised in Carrollton majority of his life, moved in and out of state quite a bit through the early years. Buna’s proud of his Cambodian heritage and graduated from Ector High School in 2003 with a graduating class of 16. Yes, it was that small. Buna later attended NCTC to Major in Business Management. In 2008, he joined the NPC Fresh Produce Team and is widely referred to as the “Go-To Handy Man” in the office for basically anything. In Buna’s free time, he is a real grease monkey and enjoys working on his 1991 Toyota Supra, which is his pride and joy. "Life’s simple. You make choices and you don’t look back."
Ashley was born and raised within the DFW Metroplex of Texas, which is where she pursued her college education. While she is relatively new to this industry, she has grown up surrounded by fresh produce and meat based on her parents’ careers. Following in their footsteps, Ashley decided to join the NPC team and has loved it since day one. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. On a daily basis, she strives to live by this phrase: “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”
Joni Miller is a newer addition to the NPC team. Joni has a BA in Psychology and brings 20+ years experience in national accounts and the foodservice industry to NPC through national account management and purchasing. “Rule everything IN, before you rule anything OUT” – unknown.
Jamie was born in Chicago, IL and raised in Northern California as his father was re-stationed in the Marine Corp. Before leaving for college to play baseball at Oklahoma Panhandle State University, where he majored in Business, he graduated from Encinal High School. While he is moderately new to the industry, he has a great deal of experience in the CPG industry; growing his career in the beverage industry as a Brand Manager and Market Manager working with key accounts & national accounts. Jamie decided to join the NPC family and has loved it since he joined. He plans to utilize his background to engage great relationships, best business practices & being a team player while working with NPC valued partners. When not working he loves to spend time with his wife, two boys and dog; an old English bulldog. Jamie also enjoys traveling with his family (numerous of Disney parks & cruises), attending sports events and coaching both boys’ sports teams. “Make each day your masterpiece."
Ricardo is well rounded, respected within the office, not only for his fresh produce knowledge, but also for his remarkable cooking skills. Chef Ricardo is originally from Mexico City. He is bilingual and completed his schooling at The Culinary Institute of America in Albany, NY. He has since worked in the industry for over 27 years. Ricardo had the opportunity to work in Florence Italy for The Helvetia & Bristol Hotel (Relais & Chateaux, Leading Hotels) and Enoteca Pinchiorri (Relais & Chateaux), first 3 Star Michelin restaurant in Florence. In the year 2000 back in Mexico, Ricardo started his own project as an entrepreneur. Leading his own distillery company for more than 10 years: Xaica, Hibiscus Flower Liqueur won prize for bottle design and product innovation in Sial Paris 2006. An interesting turn of events made Ricardo get back into the culinary world in Cancun, Mexico as Academic Coordinator for The Culinary Institute of Cancun (now Culinary, Cancun). He worked as Chef for Harry’s Steakhouse & Raw Bar Cancun and Food & Beverage/General Manager Assistant for Hacianda Palancar in the Biosphere Reserve of Tulum Mexico. When he is not at the office he is studying to complete his Bachelors in International Commerce, riding his bike, or you guessed it – cooking! “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success”
Heath is our young gun here at NPC. He recently graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Science degree and is currently pursuing further education. New to the produce industry, he has proven to be a vital part of this team. When he is not at the office he can be found lifting weights and staying active as living a healthy lifestyle is very important to him. He also has recently started learning about trading stocks and cryptocurrency. His top hobby is reading and learning about health and the human body as he aspires to become a medical doctor. “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”
Naveed is a double graduate with a background in commerce and economics. He received his Associates in Business from Brookhaven College and his degree in Restaurant and Hotel Operations from the University of Hawaii. He brings many years of experience in the hospitality industry both in operations and administration. He came to the US in 2010 on Fulbright scholarship and after completing his schooling returned to Pakistan to manage an Italian restaurant. After starting a company with his brother he decided toc ome back to the US in 2015 to go after his American Dream. He is very blessed to be part of a large family with 4 brothers and 2 sisters and was raised ina beautiful mountainous valley called Hunza on the border between China and Pakistan. It’s heaven on earth for the lovers of mountains and glaciers. The people of Hunza valley are very peaceful, hospitable, moderate and famous for longevity. In his free time he likes to hike and swim. Hard work, honesty ,respect, family and excellence are Naveed’s core values. He has always believed that diversity is a strength and enjoys working in a pluralistic environment. His goal in life is to strive for excellence in every aspect. “Victory or defeat is in hands of God, but struggle itself is man’s duty and this should be his joy” ― Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah Aga Khan III
Racquel is a vital part of the procurement team here at NPC, bringing 20 years of experience in the produce industry. She not only sources many commodities, but brings great versatility to her job also managing a variety of special projects. She was born and raised in Texas and moved out to the country about 5 years ago for her kids. They love raising goats, chickens, and 2 horses. During her spare time she loves to spend quality time with her husband, 3 kids and grandson. “Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless” - Mother Teresa
My name is Jesse Gaspar, I have been in the produce business for 14 years. I consider myself a dedicated hard working individual, I am passion driven and enjoy challenges and like to set high goals for myself. I consider myself a family man, my family and my faith are my number one priority. I enjoy spending time with my wife and my children we enjoy going on road trips and finding new adventures. I share my sports passion with my family, when I am not at work you will find me playing sports with my children or watching them play football or baseball. On rainy days we enjoy staying home and watching a good thriller or sci-fi movie.
Scott brings unrivaled experience to the team. He is a native Texan that spent part of his life Florida and Arizona. He brings to us a background in all areas of Grocery Retail and DC Operations with a strong passion for exceptional customer service and the Fresh Produce part of the food business. From suppliers, to retailers, to warehousing he has viewed the industry from every angle which really gives him a great approach on any project. When Scott isn’t on the job, he and his wife Patti love to travel. They also have a passion for History, the Outdoors and Great Southern BBQ. “The essential difference in service is not machines or ‘things.’ The essential difference is minds, hearts, spirits, and souls.” – Herb Kelleher, Southwest Airlines
Homer is an associate for the books. With over 57 years in foodservice distribution including the fresh produce industry, he has seen it all and will be happy to sit down and tell you about it. Today he works in logistics ensuring product gets exactly where it needs to be on time. Homer’s invaluable knowledge, experience based on his tenure and all of the situations Mother Nature has put in front of him. He is a proud husband and father of three boys, a grandfather of many, and great grandfather to a few. When he is not at the office you will often find him traveling with his wife, at church, or relaxing out by the lake behind his home.
Chris is a vital part of the team here at NPC. Chris has decades in the industry which he started by obtaining a Bachelors in Environmental Biology from The University of California and a Masters from Pepperdine. He has thirty years of food manufacturing and consulting experience, including international and multi-plant P&L responsibility, the development and execution of large scale facility construction and renovation projects, and business unit turn around using team development and TQM. Most recently developed and implemented a quality systems and sanitation audit format used to approve new suppliers and evaluate existing suppliers for Yum! Brands. “We evaluate facilities from a real world perspective and our recommendations reflect our experience with proven methodologies, industry standards, or current best practices. We pledge to our suppliers that they can expect a concise discourse containing factual observations and actionable suggestions for improvement. Our observations will be, objective, fair, and based on current industry standards or best of class practices. We value time and we understand that auditing is about protecting consumers and brand.”
Sheri has taken the company’s accounting department to the next level with her attention to detail and friendly demeanor. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing from Amber University and has been with us for a few years now. When she is not at the office she is continuing to get settled in to her family’s country life, enjoys reading, and staying in touch with family and friends by sending personal cards for most all occasions. "With all the hatred in this world, in this good world, Let us be kind to one another."
Sonal is a prime example of the type of associate we all look to have on our team. She is one of the most polite and hardworking individuals we have had the pleasure to work with, and she is always stepping up to do more than her share for the good of the company. Sonal is from India which is where she completed her BE. After a long break enjoying quality time raising her twin daughters she jumped right back into the technical side of our business and hasn’t missed a beat. She loves traveling and learning different cultures and has lived in Congo – Africa and Turkey before settling down here in the United States. In her free time she enjoys learning “Kathak”, which is an Indian traditional dance form. Her daughters love practicing it with her as well which she enjoys. “The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.”
Patricia is one of the sweetest persons you will ever have the pleasure to know. If you have called our office line at all, odds are you have had the pleasure of speaking with her personally at some point. Originally from Detroit (Motor City), Michigan she now resides here in the great state of Texas with her family. She has over 20+ years in data entry and been with us here at NPC for at least six of those years. She always has a beautiful smile on her face and can be found inspiring others in the office on a daily basis. When she is not at the office she can be found spending time with her family and enjoys watching uplifting movies. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Radha provides excellent added support to the IT Department with her dedicated attention to detail item code mapping, online order guide maintenance. She has a Bachelors in Economics, Masters in Public Administration with over six years of experience within Human Resources/Information Technology. Originally from India, Radha thoroughly enjoys to travel abroad still today and has visited several countries such as Sri Lanka, Dubai and Singapore. “The groundwork of all happiness is Good Health”
Vipin was born and raised in Northern California and received his degree in Business Management from the University of Texas at Dallas. He has experience not only working as a Business Analyst on client-facing applications in the Healthcare and Payments Processing industries but has also managed several UI and back-end/data related projects. Although he is new to the produce industry, he brings IT best practices and standard processes and experience in Project Management with tools like Jira. When not at the office Vipin enjoys spending time with his family and friends. He taught himself how to play the piano and has been playing for almost 10 years now and relaxes by playing his grand piano. “Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” - Francis of Assisi
Brittaney was born and raised in Detroit, MI and moved to Dallas, TX in 2010 for a new start with her family. She graduated from Prairie View A&M University with a Bachelors of Arts in political science and a minor in legal studies in 2017. When she is not in the office she likes to read about current events and the political climate that is affecting the world and I also enjoy watching/playing basketball. “Some days are just bad days, that's all. You have to experience sadness to know happiness, and I remind myself that not every day is going to be a good day, that's just the way it is!” - Dita Von Teese
Vishnu is a geek who is up for any challenge thrown at him. He is from India where he did his bachelors in Electronics Engineering from one of the top colleges. He has dark sense of humor. His goal remains to eliminate all IT issues :-). "Make It Happen!"
Sreedhar is hands-on full-stack product engineer who has a keen eye for looking at a solution from a wholistic point of view. He is an avid reader and always looks for opportunities to solve problems with technology. “Believe you can and you're halfway there.”