Senior Leadership Team
Senior Leadership Team Senior Leadership Team
Senior Leadership Team Senior Leadership Team

Senior Leadership Team

Keith Gomes

Keith Gomes, President and CEO

Hired in 2015, Keith brings more than 30 years of food industry leadership experience to Tree Top. Since 2008, he held leadership roles at Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), one of the largest milk marketing and food processing cooperatives in the U.S. with more than 12,000 farmer members and 5,000 employees. Prior to his latest position as DFA’s Chief Operating Officer of the $4 billion Global Dairy Products Group, his responsibilities spanned the entire commercial division including manufacturing, consumer products and engineering. For the 20 years prior to DFA, he held the position of Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of California Dairies, Inc./California Milk Producers. Earlier in his career he also held the positions of Plant Manager and Quality Manager for the Southland Corporation. Keith is a graduate of California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Dairy Science/Food Science.

Dwaine Brown

Dwaine Brown, Vice President Finance & Chief Financial Officer

Rejoined Tree Top’s leadership team in 2004 and worked as a product manager, director of Financial Analysis, and controller. Dwaine is a Certified Management Accountant with extensive experience in agricultural-based food companies, including several leadership roles with Small Planet Foods/General Mills, IBP Inc., and Ocean Spray. Dwaine has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Iowa State University. He is treasurer on Washington Apple Education Foundation’s board of directors as well as the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the National Society of Accountants for Cooperatives.

Ken Janes, VP QA and Technical Services

Ken brings to us more than 20 years of experience in creating quality systems across multiple manufacturing locations. He has extensive experience as a leader working across multi-disciplinary teams on continuous improvement efforts to ensure customer expectations are met. Ken joins us from DSM Nutritional Products, a 100-year old $5 billion global manufacturer of nutritional products, material sciences, and pharmaceutical products where he’s worked since 2008 directing a large staff and budget. His track record working on a product line with $450 million in annual sales making significant quality improvements and ensuring compliance is impressive. Prior to DSM, Ken held a variety of progressively more responsible positions within well-known food processing companies such as Florida’s Natural and Cargill Juice. Ken obtained a Master of Science in Microbiology from the University of Southern Florida, Tampa, after completing his B.S. in Biology there. He is an Advanced SQF Practitioner, a Certified HACCP Manager, and has training or certifications in Food Allergens and Solutions, Aseptic Processing and Packaging and more. He is a current member of the Institute of Food Technologists, American Society of Microbiology and the International Association of Food Protection.

Cris Hales

Cris Hales, Vice President Fruit Procurement & Grower Services

Joined Tree Top in 2012, as director Fruit Procurement & Grower Services. Cris brought more than 26 years’ experience in global sourcing, procurement, business development and grower relations. Her prior employment included national supply manager at ENZA, Ltd, New Zealand, and managerial development roles at both Eurofresh Farms and Frieda’s Inc. Cris also worked in the citrus industry with such companies as Sunkist, Sun World and Dole Citrus. She is a 5th generation member of a family citrus orchard and a graduate of California State Polytechnic University with a BS in Agricultural Business Management. Cris currently serves on the Board of Directors of Washington State Council of Farmer Cooperatives and is a member of following: PLU Assignment Committee – Apple/Pear; US Apple Association’s Industry Informational Committee; and Northwest Horticultural Council’s Science Advisory Committee.

Tom Hurson

Tom Hurson, Sr. Vice President Sales & Marketing and President Northwest Naturals

Tom’s responsibilities include management of all sales and marketing for the company including Ingredients, Foodservice and CPG. In addition Tom oversees Product Development while also serving as President of Tree Top, Inc.’s wholly owned subsidiary Northwest Naturals, LLC. Tom has been with Tree Top since 1984, and his previous positions at the company include VP Ingredient Sales, VP Concentrate Products, VP Finance - Consumer Packaged Goods Division and CPG marketing manager. Tom has a BS in Accounting from Central Washington University. He is currently Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors, Juice Products Association.

Gary Price

Gary Price, Vice President of Operations

Joined Tree Top in May 2007, as the Director of Operations responsible for manufacturing, production, and safety. Soon after, he was promoted to VP and acquired management responsibilities for Quality and Food Safety, Engineering, Supply Chain Management, Process Research, and Contract Manufacturing. Gary brought extensive food processing industry experience, from most recently, The Western Sugar Cooperative where he was Vice President of Operations for five years and had responsibilities for five factories and six distribution facilities over a four state area. He holds a Bachelor's of Science degree in engineering from North Dakota State University.

Scott Washburn

Scott Washburn, Vice President Human Resources

Scott joined Tree Top in 2004 as the director of Human Resources and has served as vice president since 2009. He brings over 20 years of human resource and change leadership experience in multiple industry sectors including manufacturing, health care, business process outsourcing, and social service non-profit. Over the past 20 years, Scott has served in multiple leadership capacities at the local, state, and regional level for the Society for Human Resources Management, the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management representing over 275,000 members in 160 countries, and is currently serving as a Director-at-Large on their global Board of Directors. He earned his B.S. in Business Administration with specialization in Human Resources Management from Central Washington University and is a SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) by the Society for Human Resources Management.