IMG Citrus, a family-owned, vertically integrated citrus grower, packer, importer and shipper in Vero Beach, Fla., has announced the upcoming retirement of IMG Citrus’ Vice President, Veronique Sallin, after 40 years with the company.
Sallin’s retirement will officially begin at the end of the 2019-20 Florida season. The company is promotion Sydney Allison to the role of director of sales.
During her tenure with IMG Citrus, Sallin built and maintained strong relationships with customers worldwide. She helped establish the IMG Citrus brand and reputation. Sallin will remain involved through this Florida season as a direct consultant to Allison and the team in order to facilitate a smooth transition.
Allison has been with the company since 2016, beginning with her role as the export-import program coordinator. She then progressed to sales manager, reporting directly to Sallin.
“Over the years, we have learned that our most successful hires were based on strong value alignment between the candidate and our company,” Sallin said, “Sydney’s entrepreneurial spirit, strong work ethic, passion for her work, and interest for the customer embodies our company’s core values, making this a strong match.”
As the director of sales, Allison will construct and implement the sales strategy, reporting directly to IMG Citrus President Michel Sallin.
Allison’s quick adjustment and rapid contribution to IMG Citrus begins at her roots, where her passion for produce began on a tractor at her family’s citrus and blueberry farm.
“When you are raised in that culture and business, you learn so much,” Sallin said.
Beyond her family’s history in farming, Allison studied agricultural business at the University of Florida, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in food and resource economics and a minor in horticulture science.
“It is a joy to work in this intricate produce industry, which brings constant learning, innovation, and opportunity to build strong, lasting partnerships with so many talented and passionate people who share in IMG Citrus’ values and vision,” Allison said. “In this ever-changing business, I challenge myself and our team every day to bring consistent service and quality through transparency and teamwork.”
“She’s a great addition to the citrus industry,” National Accounts Manager Scott Deyoe said. “She’s always willing to go the extra mile to help a customer or coworker. Her goal is to get the best outcome for our customers.”