As a regional distributor for packaging material, equipment and service throughout the Pacific Northwest, Summit Packaging is adding a full-time position, based in Wenatchee, WA. This new position is responsible for leading customer relationships in a broad geography, and Summit is pleased to grow their local presence in Wenatchee.
Kenneth Ruud will join Summit Packaging as a full-time, Eastern Washington-based sales representative in October 2020. In this role, Ken will serve as Summit’s market leader for current and new customers in the region, helping companies assess their packaging needs and evaluating solutions to propel their business forward.
“Ken will be a terrific fit with Summit’s culture, and we are excited to have him on board,” said Scott Hohensinner, owner, and founder of Summit Packaging Inc. “His experience and background working with the Eastern Washington agricultural community will bring an added level of expertise to our team and position Summit to serve a broader customer base in the region,” echoed Jacki Pederson, Summit’s Chief Executive Officer.
Ruud’s background includes a diverse array of experience with sales, customer service and leadership. Prior to joining Summit, he worked for Italy-based Unitec Inc. as the regions Area Sales Manager from Wenatchee, serving Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia.
Having grown up in a farming family, he brings an interesting perspective to the food packaging industry. “In my mind,” says Ruud, “I work for the farmer. Therefore, our solutions for the packers must have long-term cost-saving benefits that ultimately get passed back down to the farmers themselves.” Ken traces his family back to among the first settlers in Washington’s Douglas County, with his family still occupying the original homestead near Waterville, WA.
While Summit Packaging is headquartered outside Seattle in Auburn, WA, the company serves customers in several states necessitating geographic growth of talent. “We are fortunate to have such an outstanding team at Summit. Growing our team in the Inland Northwest is exciting, and we look forward to expanding services in the region,” said CEO Jacki Pederson.
Summit Packaging Inc. is a regional distributor of packaging solutions in the Pacific Northwest. Summit provides packaging materials, equipment, and technical service to industrial manufacturers, agricultural businesses, and food processing companies across Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska, and Western Canada.