Lynnell is a fourth generation farmer who graduated from the University of Washington in 1972 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Oceanography and Marine Biology. After graduating from U of W, Lynnell purchased a small peach orchard in Wapato, WA and began farming and packing the fruit at the family’s fruit warehouse. Currently, Lynnell is the President of Brandt’s Fruit Trees, LLC (BFT), Proprietary Variety Management (PVM), Associated International Group of Nurseries (AIGN), Pink Lady America (PLA), and a former president of Northwest Nursery Improvement Institute (NNII). Lynnell and his wife, Marcie, have been involved with the businesses for many years and now their three sons, Tyler, Ryan and Kevin, are all involved in the family businesses.
Kevin graduated from Central Washington University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. He worked in the family business for many years managing the shipping crew as well as managing the packing line. He began working in the nursery in 2012, managing the test blocks and aiding in sales and international relations. Kevin also works closely with Northwest Nursery Improvement Institute (NNII) and currently serves as their Vice President.
Director of Marketing and Operations
Kathryn holds an undergraduate degree in Marketing and Communications and studied business at the Sloan School, MIT. As Marketing Director, Kathryn is heading up branding, strategic marketing, and consumer insights for PVM. Having worked on the Packer/Shipper and Marketing side of the tree fruit industry, Kathryn brings a strong knowledge of retail marketing, merchandising, produce launches, and project management. Overseeing all digital media, Kathryn has extensive knowledge in new marketing concepts, consumer trends, and consumer reach.
Project Manager- Marketing
Jill is a 25-year veteran of the produce industry, specializing in worldwide sales and marketing of Washington State tree fruits. She holds a bachelor of Science from Eastern Washington University in Food and Nutrition/Business and has additional experience in healthcare and the hospitality industry. Jill works at PVM as a project manager, where she assists the Director of Marketing in all facets of global intellectual property management, brand development and protection of the cultivars managed by the company.
Tyler is the Sales Manager for the nursery operation, Brandt’s Fruit Trees. He began working for the Brandt Family Farms as a boy, making boxes, helping in the orchards, and working on the packing lines. After high school, he attended Yakima Community College where he studied horticulture and Ag Business. Following college, he returned to the farm, taking on bigger roles and gaining experience in all facets of farm management. In 2007, Tyler began his career at the nursery company, where he builds upon the experience he acquired managing the family orchards by traveling throughout the fruit growing regions of the world, continually learning about the latest horticultural practices, rootstocks and cultivars. Tyler takes pride in the long-lasting relationships he has built with growers in the Tree Fruit Industry, and always strives to provide great service to his customers, helping them with variety and rootstock selections, pruning and planting techniques and helping them stay informed in an ever-changing industry.
Intellectual Property Comptroller
As the Intellectual Property Comptroller for PVM and Brandt’s Fruit Trees, Dylan is responsible for assuring the IP the company owns or manages is properly utilized and maintained. He was born and raised in the Yakima Valley, recently returning to the area after completing a six-year Active Duty enlistment in the U.S. Air Force. He was deployed three times to Afghanistan and the Horn of Africa to provide security and support for Special Operations Forces. While serving in the Air Force, Dylan received a degree in Criminal Justice from the Community College of the Air Force. Dylan carries over skills learned through his Military service into his job at PVM, taking pride in developing genuine relationships and learning everything there is to know about the tree fruit industry.
John graduated from Purdue University with a PhD in Plant Virology in 1981. John is the General Manager of Pink Lady America, a company that orchestrates all the marketing activities for Pink Lady® brand apples in North America. John also works with Roy Farms, a large hop growing company that also grows apples, cherries and blueberries; Fall Creek Farm & Nursery, Inc. a blueberry breeding company and has an extensive background in launching new products in the bread, snack foods, and beer industries. John has worked for such companies as Anheuser-Busch, Frito-Lay, and was vice president of the research and new products group at Earth Grains and Yakima Chief. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Heritage University in Toppenish, WA.
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