LOS ANGELES – The Giumarra Companies announces the retirement of Hillary Brick, Senior V.P. Marketing and long-time member of the company’s executive team. Ms. Brick has worked for Giumarra since 1992, when she was hired to spearhead the company’s trade and consumer marketing efforts. What began as a one-woman marketing department has since expanded to a dynamic marketing and business development team under her strategic vision and leadership.
A native of New Zealand, Ms. Brick received both B.A. and M.A. honors degrees in Japanese from the University of Auckland, New Zealand. She began her professional career teaching Japanese and soon after worked for the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which included four years in Tokyo. Her foreign affairs and marketing experience eventually led to an opportunity with the New Zealand Kiwifruit Marketing Board, where she was introduced to Don Corsaro of the Giumarra Companies.
“Hillary’s efforts on behalf of the New Zealand kiwifruit industry to introduce the fruit to the North American market caught our attention,” says Don Corsaro, former President and current Chairman of the Giumarra Companies. “She worked tirelessly throughout North America to make kiwifruit a household item. Her relentless determination and inclination to always seek new opportunities showed me that if anyone could build our marketing program at Giumarra, it would be Hillary.”
Notable achievements among Ms. Brick’s work with Giumarra include the development of the company’s tagline, “Feeding the world in a healthy way®”, as well as the creation of its Nature’s Partner® brand identity in 2003. Her efforts brought a first-time unity, consistency, and cohesion to Giumarra’s product line and service offerings.
“I’ve been privileged to work with many, many high-quality executives in the food and produce industries over the years and I can honestly say that Hillary stands clearly above the rest with her unique combination of keen strategic insights, operational savvy, and incomparable interpersonal skills,” says Dr. Ed McLaughlin, Robert G. Tobin Professor of Marketing and the Director of the Food Industry Management Program at the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, Cornell University.
“Hillary is a class act and instilled a strong sense of professionalism in our organization that will remain with us for generations to come,” says John Corsaro, CEO of the Giumarra Companies. “We are better for having worked alongside her and her mentorship in our day-to-day operations will be greatly missed.”
In her spare time, Ms. Brick enjoys sea kayaking, running, reading, cooking, traveling, and spending time with her family, some of whom are kiwifruit growers in New Zealand. Giumarra thanks her for so many contributions to the fresh produce industry and wishes her health, happiness, and contentment in her retirement.
About the Giumarra Companies
The Giumarra Companies is a leading international network of fresh produce growers, distributors, and marketers that encompasses a world of freshness. Since its inception in 1922, the Giumarra group of companies has taken pride in a longstanding commitment and tradition of quality, service, and industry leadership to feed the world in a healthy way.
The Nature’s Partner brand represents the core of what we do: a partnership with our people, customers, growers, and the land and its fruits. Products packed under the Nature’s Partner label represent some of the highest-quality fruits and vegetables in the marketplace, having met strict standards for food safety, quality control, and flavor. The Nature’s Partner Brand Promise:
“We are committed to the people we work with and those we serve. Very simply, we look to provide the best service and improve upon it every day.