The Wizards Behind the Curtains
Admiral of the Fleet
Sometimes people don't complete their questionnaire for their online bio and we crafty content writers get to make up our own: Ryan was raised by wolves. One night while hunting, Ryan began to wonder if there was more to life than eating small animals and avoiding traps. Plus the wolves would always make him climb trees to get prey, he often felt used and like it just wasn't how nature intended. So he started researching mother nature, saw what was going on and thought he could help.
That's when Ryan found us. Well, actually I think Grace brought him around. He started out as a driver. He started taking care of the vehicles too and before you know it, he became Admiral. If you have any questions about your delivery, this friendly gent will help you out. See his intro video here. See more of him here - Facebook Profile
Keeper of the Peas
Grace started at Greenling back in ’06 lending an extra pair of hands where we needed them, and eventually found her niche in Customer Service. Then she went and had a little wee sprout that took all of her time and attention away from us, and we were sad. But just like all sprouts, this one grew and is now giving his preschool teachers a run for their money. And lucky for us, because we wanted our Peas Keeper back! See Grace's intro video here.
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"
Sean may have the widest and most comprehensive body of knowledge of anything (office supplies, firearms, military history, you name it). Sean came to us originally from the fabled New Jerseys, dwelling deep in the Northeast with his wife Lisa and his (wondrous) cat, Loki. We're glad he made it to Texas though, we don't know what we'd do without him solving problems as they arise in the warehouse and tackling the super daunting task of auditing in the wicked cold. Once upon a time Sean was working only for a paycheck, now he's found a home with a mission he can dedicate himself to accomplishing; good food.
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.
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.
Meet one of the wizards behind Greenling's website curtain- David! He helps make our website better, and keeps our computer networks running smoothly, too. He can also whip up a mean cheesecake. David's favorite thing about working at Greenling is being around technology and food at the same time. We think that leads to a lot of crumbs in your keyboard, but since David's the guy who would fix that around here anyway, it's probably okay.
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.
Candy (yep folks, that's her real name) has this amazing ability to pretty much do everything. That's a mom for you, I guess. She started in the packing room and is now managing our Central Texas office. She also helps us grow to new cities and she'll laugh at all your jokes. What's not to like? Check out her intro video for more sweetness.
Kathryn fell in love with Greenling as a Local Box customer in 2010, and she hasn't missed a delivery since. These days you can find her talking up local food at Greenling's Texas offices, where she's earned a reputation for slinging the cheesiest food puns in the business. Got an event you think we should be a part of or a cause we should support? She’s your gal – head on over to the Donation page.
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.
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!
James comes over from Texas Campaign for the Environment where he was fighting for recycling programs on a grass-roots level and lobbying the legislature.Have you ever tried that? Wow, it's hard. So, we're lucky to have him. He's passionate about food and can't wait to take down Monsanto with Greenling! He's originally from Boston and you may recognize him if you've ever eaten at Opal Divine's. Hear more from James at his intro video.
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.