SAVAGE, Md., Nov. 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Coastal Companies, the leading supplier of produce and dairy in the mid-Atlantic, announced that it has appointed Brian Sturgeon to its Board of Directors. Mr. Sturgeon brings more than 25 years of industry experience to Coastal having most recently served as President and CEO of FreshPoint, Inc., the specialty produce distribution company of Sysco Corporation. Throughout his long tenure with FreshPoint, Mr. Sturgeon managed all aspects of the business including strategy, sales, operations, finance and development for an organization that included 31 distribution companies in the United States and Canada. Under his leadership, FreshPoint grew rapidly, both organically and through the acquisition and subsequent integration of 20 privately held companies.
"We are excited to have Brian join our Board of Directors," stated John Corso, CEO of The Coastal Companies. "Brian is a highly accomplished executive, a trusted advisor and a valuable addition to our team. I look forward to working with him."
"I am impressed with the management team of Coastal, their commitment to servicing their customers, and the growth they have accomplished," stated Brian Sturgeon. "The company has emerged as an industry leader and its outlook for growth organically and through acquisitions is strong. I look forward to serving on the Board and assisting the company with its continued profitable growth."
Brian Sturgeon joins industry veteran Jay Pack, company executives John Corso and Ross Foca, and members of Arlon Group (David Tanner, Chris Allen, Peter Webel) on The Coastal Companies Board of Directors. Arlon Group, in partnership with the management team, acquired The Coastal Companies in May 2015. Arlon Group is a food and agriculture investment firm with a global network that invests in middle-market businesses across the entire food supply chain in the Americas.
About The Coastal Companies
Founded in 1992, The Coastal Companies has emerged as a major distributor of fresh produce and dairy and is a leading regional processor of fruits and vegetables. Based in Baltimore/Washington, The Coastal Companies and its subsidiaries, Coastal Sunbelt Produce and East Coast Fresh, operate a fleet of 175 trucks and deliver daily to foodservice customers across six states and the District of Columbia. The company also serves major retail and wholesale customers along the East Coast.
About Arlon Group
Arlon Group is a food and agriculture investment firm with a global network that invests in middle-market businesses across the entire food supply chain in the Americas. Arlon's team brings extensive investment expertise and deep, local industry contacts as they seek to partner with growth-oriented businesses in the food and agriculture sectors. Arlon Group has approximately $980 million in assets under management and is headquartered in New York with an office in Sao Paulo, Brazil. For more information, visit www.arlongroup.com.
SOURCE The Coastal Companies