Sean & Joe Naumes, Young Growers from Medford Oregon
TJ Mullinax // April 5, 2014
growers / Medford, Oregon
(Sean, left) age / 24 crops / Pears and vineyard education / Santa Clara University title / Operations and production assistant
(Joe, right) age / 24 crops / Pears education / University of Advanced Technology in Arizona title / Information technology assistant
other info / Sean and Joe are triplets with their sister, Cynthia business / Naumes, Inc.
Q: As you start in the family company, what is a top priority? (Sean) I feel like Naumes’s personal role in the community is to lead by example. We are a privately run fruit distributor, and we’ve been doing it for many, many years. We feel like giving back to the community is the least we can do.
Q: What’s your biggest challenge since joining the company? (Joe) The technical (issues)… we can’t keep up with it enough. It really tests our patience, and we see a lot of our future technical needs coming from database [management systems]. It’s a multifaceted part of our company that really likes to rear its head, so we gotta keep tabs on it.
Q: What’s your biggest challenge since joining the company? (Sean) Tech is really important. Joe and the tech department are helping us keep up on developments making our operation more efficient.
Hopefully, we can keep expanding it and actually bring it out into the field. We’ve recently moved off of radio-based systems and into iPhones, but we also need to increase efficiencies across operations, either through tech or improvement of processes. Cost control is the name of the game.
TJ Mullinax joined Good Fruit Grower as digital producer and photojournalist in 2013. He photographs and edits visual stories for the print magazine and online publishing spaces. Along with editorial production, TJ develops and maintains the magazine’s digital products. -- Follow the author: Phone: (509) 853-3519 -- Email