Dallas / Fort Worth Team
Mason Arnold has been a Sustainability pioneer and serial entrepreneur since graduating from The University of Texas at Austin in 2001 with a degree in Chemical Engineering. Greenling's customers aren't the only ones who have noticed Mason's passion for Sustainability. Mason and Greenling have been recognized in over 20 awards between them. He also drafted legislation (that passed) creating an Organic Advisory Board to the Texas Department of Agriculture to promote more Organic growing practices. Mason helped create Slow Money Texas, bring the Slow Money movement to farmers and producers all over Texas. He also helped for STIC, an investment club focused on local farms and local food. Mason has served on multiple community organization boards, including Sustainable Food Center.
Mason pretty much works all the time, because he loves what he does. Mason's not hard to spot when he's out and about primarily because he drives around in a Prius with a 6' banana on top of it. See more of him here - Facebook Profile
Any words of wisdom or advice that you have picked up along the way?: "The more I see, the less I know" Also "Complexity is a symptom of confusion, not a cause"
Konfena "Kay" Barton
Kale to the No!
Fun fact: Kay carried kale instead of flowers at her wedding! (Just kidding, but she models the kale bouquet quite well.) A native of Detroit, Michigan, Kay is a cheese-loving member of our Prep Kitchen here at Greenling DFW. She lives with her husband, Robert, and their two adorable kids. When Kay isn't busy chopping and prepping, you can find her spending time with her family.
When it comes to to buying fresh, local produce no one is more in the know than our Challahpeno Hero, Orly. She spends her hours tirelessly searching down veggies, fruits, meats, cheeses (everything really) to make sure our boxes go out with only the best in local and organic products.This lady believes in the local food movement and she wants to make sure farm fresh foods make it to your door! Orly is also the proud, full time mother of the yellow lab, Curry, so we're all lucky she found so much time to devote to Greenling.
The Greens Goblin
He's a cyclist! A broccoli lover! Able to wordsmith his way out of any problem! He's... The Greens Goblin! Hailing from New Jersey by way of Austin, Mike is our Admin at Greenling DFW. Mike is passionate about Greenling's mission to cut down on cars on the road. In fact, if he could, he would hand-deliver Greenling bins on his bicycle! Mike's dream job is to be the sabermatrician of the Pittsburgh Pirates, and he hates English Muffins.
Chairman of the Cutting Board
Rus originates from New Jersey, I think exit 152. He lives on the North side, has a dog named Beatrik, and loves Broccoli Rabe. He won't tell you this, but we have word that he likes to watch 'The Real Housewives' and 'The View.' Not that there's anything wrong with that...just sayin. He wins the 'most tattoos' award at Greenling if we ever give that one out. Rus is no idiot...and don't you dare call him that! Devon and Rus like to battle wits and they occasionally hurt each other's feelings. They always hug it out. Watch Rus' intro video to see him in action!
If Bill could be any vegetable or fruit he would be garlic because, "Garlic is potent. It develops in dark isolation, but it can be the life of the party when it gets together with other veggies." Maybe Bill should be in marketing, because this is the most eloquent and insightful answer. Alas, Bill cannot be in marketing because he keeps our green machine running, tending to the website and all the other techie things that make Greenling easy for customers and employees alike.
Devon is our Sage Advisor and resident know-it-all, in a good way. She started as a ray of sunshine in our Customer Service department, moved to the warehouse and is now in charge of all kinds of special projects. She oversees operations, helps out with marketing & events, and is our one-woman HR department. She’s our go-to gal when we need a creative solution. She’s originally from Austin (Westlake High) and can be seen doing everything from concerts to kickball to lounging at Barton Springs.
Heather loves delivering healthy food to the good people of DFW! A native of North Texas, Heather's loves hanging out with her girlfriend Ash and their cat Dresden and puppy Ringo Starr! If she could, she'd go camping every weekend. Heather also loves live music, painting, and spicy crawfish! When you see her around, ask her what's new with Ringo!
Mike's favorite vegetable is corn, which makes sense because he hails from the fair state of Iowa. Mike is one of our trusty delivery men, bringing fresh Greenling goodness to your door! He's a friendly guy, and is definitely the person to talk to if you have questions about organic gardening! Mike goes nuts for trains and trolleycars, and secretly loves video games.
Mo-Joe joins our team form the sunny state of Florida. His cool, calm, and collected demeanor makes him a nice addition to the Greenling team. Whether he's driving or packing in the warehouse, he's as cool as a cucumber, which makes sense, because his favorite veggie is cucumber! When he's not at work, you can find him playing video games or enjoying time at the lake.
Katy "Honeylew" Lewellen takes pride in packing your Local Boxes with care! She's a veggie lover, and only packs what she would pick out for herself. Like a true Texan, her favorite outdoor activity is sunbathing, slathered in sunscreen, sipping margaritas. Katy is our resident Hermione Granger- she's a bookworm and a writer. But unlike Hermione, Katy also plays Ukelele!
Willie provides the soundtrack of our lives. His voice rings true throughout the warehouse, and every single day he conquers an impossible mountain of returned bins in order to keep our operation running smoothly. Willie is one of the most politically informed and involved people on staff, and he has keeps us abreast of all the goings-on during election seasons. Willie hails from New Orleans, hence the moniker "Gumbo," and has a wife and two sons. Willie is a number whiz and dazzles us every morning with some quick math. His role is essential at Greenling, and the fact that Willie is always here, smiling and singing, makes the day better for all of us.
Partner in Lime
Aspen is a native Austinite and came to us after many moons in customer service & marketing in the natural foods domain. She oversees all things marketing – from running our social media accounts; managing community partnerships, donations & sponsorships; event planning; blog writing and all kinds of other things that tell the Greenling story. She loves working for Greenling because she can feel good about the values and quality standards of the company she is helping spread the word about. When she’s not here, she’s out seeing live music, hanging out with her 100 lb. dog and cooking.
Jonathan is a former Formula 1 driver, who after a horrific accident with a Pilgrim's Pride sponsored race car, gave up factory farmed meat as well as driving over the speed limit. He now models his life after his hero, Teddy Roosevelt, who in his lost autobiography once waxed on about his desire to deliver local produce to his neighbors, if only time had allowed. Jonathan stays true to his Atlanta roots, getting his groove on with beans and collard greens when in season.
Contrary to her witty moniker, Kelly is no small potatoes! She's in culinary school, and is currently rocking our Prep Kitchen! Originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan, Kelly has been living in Texas for 6 years. On the weekends you'll find her hanging out with her husband Matt and their dog Cricket, hiking, cooking, or exploring restaurants in DFW.
The Cherry Godmother
Greenling’s Cherry Godmother does more than just wave her wand to make sure every delivery is a great delivery. Sarah Painter has been providing fairy dust for Greenling’s Customer Service for almost 2 and half years and is never seen not smiling. Her chuckle is as powerful as her magic wishes and she’s always fast to help any customer (or employee!)
The Cherry Godmother hails from Virginia, but started her own fairytale here in Austin in 2011. Trail hiking in enchanted forests is her favorite outdoor activity, but when she’s really feeling like an adventure she’ll drink a watermelon agua fresca and do some serious pondering. Her magic extends further than our customer service desk, specifically in the kitchen where she can whip up baked goods quicker than dressing Cinderella. Lucky for us, our fairy tale doesn’t end at midnight, Sarah’s dedicated to Greenling’s mission of bringing local and sustainable food to all!
Fueled by broccoli, her husband's cooking, and coffee ice cream, Mrs. Sproutfire keeps everyone in order. She handles the Greenling DFW team, plus her husband, 5 kids, 2 dogs and 2 cats! Rebecca loves the challenging business aspects of Greenling, but it's our mission that really keeps her going. Bruised but beautiful produce always has a home with Mrs. Sproutfire! On Saturdays, you can find her in the garden, hanging with her kids, watching baseball, or maybe sneaking in an afternoon nap.
Our beloved Obadiah came to Greenling straight out of high school, and is teeming with teenage potential. Obie is our very own back-to-the-lander, with a family plot and an impressive array of equipment (and brothers - he's one of four). When he's not packing your bins, Obadiah likes music, shooting guns, and his dog, Teddy. He's got an exceptional memory for all things vegetable, takes his coffee black, can reload with both hands tied behind his back, and holds his own with all the salty old men in the cooler. Obie's our favorite.
If you’ve ever called Greenling for some customer lovin,’ or to lettuce know how you like them apples, chances are you’ve met Jeff, our “Smoothie Operator.” The only thing Jeff loves more than Texas Tech Football is helping folks enjoy local and organic food– and maybe Austin Beerworks Pearl Snap.
The Avocado Advocate
Feast your eyes on our very own Emilee Whitesell! Around these parts, she goes by the moniker “The Avocado Advocate” but is petitioning the Greenling Social Security Administration to have it legally changed to “Souper Woman” after surviving a recent horseback riding accident. She is one of the friendly voices you might hear if you ever call us to tell us how awesome we are or something slightly less complementary. Emilee has never met an okra that she didn’t like and has never met a gluten that she didn’t regret. Luckily, she’s always chipper and ready to handle anything that you throw at her (please, no gluten).
Fixer of Leeks
When a lover of life such as Mary Robinson lives in the same city as a company like Greenling, it is only a matter of thyme before the two get together in workplace harmony. Our “Fixer of Leeks” got her handle by getting customers back into ship-shape ordering condition with her supreme guidance, her calming presence and little bit of duct tape. When not at Greenling HQ, she is usually being outdoorsy with her daughter and husband who now treat her like a celebrity since she has started working here. They love to camp, do crafts and play their favorite game, the recently discontinued, “Greenling Customer on The Telephone” Game.
Tired of digging clams and mispronouncing words like “bar” and “harbour” in Massachusetts, Johanna made her way down to Austin in 2006. She spent the next 7 years or so searching for the most “Austinist” place to work. After trying everything from designing flavors of ice cream for Amy’s, saving the Barton Springs Salamander from gingivitis, teaching two-stepping at the Broken Spoke and being the Head Coach of The University of Texas Football team, she finally found Greenling: THE most “Austinist” place to work. If there is anything she likes more than sharing cute videos of animals around the office it is helping a customer in knead.
Trisha DeSoi is a rare one around here. Most of us at Greenling are, let’s say, not as “detail oriented” as she is. And it is a dang good thing she IS, because she is the one handling all of the accounting at our little operation. In Greenling, she found a way to combine her love for eating healthy, organic, local food with her skills as a top-notch bean counter. We should all be so lucky! Trisha holds the record in our company for most marathons at 7 but still manages to mix in some wine every now and then.
Junior VP of Deliveries
I'm a Junior Vice President of Deliveries. It even says so on my business card!
VP of Logistics
I maximize the efficiency of our logistics program.
I'm new here! I'm ready to take on the world and change the food system one stop at a time!
Senior VP of Delivery Services
I'm Shorty, the first Dodge Sprinter ('06) that Greenling acquired to help with deliveries. They fell in love with me, obviously, and have only bought Sprinters after me.
President & C.D.O. (Chief Delivery Officer)
I don't know how to say this, but I'm kind of a big deal. I have many leather-bound books and my apartment smells of rich mahogany. I run the show at Greenling and bring fresh, organic goodness to people all over Texas.
Regional Wholesale Director
Hi! I'm the Penguin. I'm a Mitsubishi Fuso. My name came from my penguin tattoo on my body and the fact that I get really cold. I used to work with Patricia and Jim over at Sweetish Hill Bakery. They didn't really need someone as big and tough as me so they sold me to Greenling to buy a smaller cargo van.
Junior VP of Deliveries
Mr. Kreme joined Greenling after watching "Food Inc." one night on public television. Since then, he's been on an all-local and organic food bender, and that's okay with us. As you might have guessed, he used to work at Krispy Kreme.