Maple Ridge Farms Focuses on Team Growth

Shana Gardner, MAS, Operations

Maple Ridge Farms is excited to announce an expansion of its full-time team.  Joining it are Krista Polka, Sales; Mikelti Metropulos, Sales; Cheri Dassow, Customer Service; and Julia Schultz, Creative Services.

Before joining the Maple Ridge Farms team, Polka developed her skills as a nanny and taught at an after-school program.  Additionally, she is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Human Resources Management & Organizational Leadership.  Of the opportunity to join the team, Polka said, “[It] was presented and was brand new to me. The timing felt right, so I decided to take the leap!”  She particularly enjoys the chance to be creative every day and share the excitement that Maple Ridge Farms gifts bring.

Metropulos joined as a seasonal team member with a history of advanced training and knowledge in sales, including experience selling automobiles and fine jewelry.  She enjoys working with so many individuals across the promotional products industry and looks forward to continuing to grow and become even more active within the industry and the culture of Maple Ridge Farms.

Dassow also first joined as a seasonal team member, continuing a career in customer service.  She believes in providing outstanding customer service and enjoys communicating with and helping distributor partners find success with gourmet food gifts.  She holds an Associate degree in Marketing and is eager to continuing her education by pursuing industry certification and gaining more knowledge to provide even more exceptional service.

Schultz comes to Maple Ridge Farms with a degree and freelance history in graphic design.  She’s grateful for the flexibility of the position, explaining, “I couldn’t stand doing the same thing all day every day, and here I never know what I’m walking into, from processing art on orders to creating videos from scratch to catalog design.”  She is excited for the opportunity to advance designing in a supportive, appreciative environment.

Of the team expansion, Maple Ridge Farms executive vice president Jodie Schillinger said, “To grow our current team while onboarding and empowering new team members creates a stellar, sustainable future for our community, our customers, and our Maple Ridge Farms team.”


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