JASON E. ECKERT
FOUNDER & CEO
Born in Michigan and raised outside of Chicago, Jason Eckert is a classic example of the American entrepreneur.
In June 1999, Jason and his father, Philip Eckert, started Harvest Food Group. What began with two computers, two desks, a dial up modem and lots of prayers and hard work has gone from zero dollars in sales in a 400 square foot office to one of the fastest growing privately owned food companies in the country.
Jason is also a founding partner of the American Pasteurization Company (APC). Based in Milwaukee, WI and with facilities in Sacramento, California, APC provides high pressure processing to the food and beverage industry, and since its inception in 2004 has experienced double-digit growth annually. Today APC employs over 150 people.
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Having served as CFO for multiple corporations, Paul Callaghan brings to Harvest Food Group the cool, considered and confident judgment one might expect from one schooled in the martial arts, which he is— a black belt in both Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido!
Paul brings an enterprise focus to his duties as CFO, and is distinguished by an ability to create effective business strategies, and then put those into action through genuine leadership skills. At HFG, his ability to improve and ensure the integrity of accounting and reporting infrastructures has strongly supported the important HFG goal of transparency. His presence as CFO ensures that financials are articulated in a timely, accurate, and understandable fashion.
VICE PRESIDENT OF SALES
Throughout her career, Audrea has been a high performing sales executive with an entrepreneurial spirit; at HFG, she embodies the belief that customer service is the focal point for any organization in leading HFG to be the best-in-class sales organization for its customers.
In her role as VP of Sales, Audrea oversees sales, marketing, research and development and customer service teams. She has worked to create a strategic vision for each vertical area to allow for and drive growth within the organization.
Audrea is also an important tactical leader for Harvest in driving initiatives, identifying and capturing new business opportunities, and developing key client relationships that support the company’s sustainable and profitable growth. She has been and continues to be a vital contributor in growing Harvest’s revenue in co-manufacturing, industrial, private label, and the company’s own Path of Life brand in retail and food service markets.
DONALD F. KLEIN, JR.
With over two decades' experience managing high-paced operations in both the consumer goods and food processing industries, Donald Klein brings seasoned perspective and hands-on expertise to the management of Harvest Food Group's plant operations— a key role as HFG has transitioned from a sales to a manufacturing organization.
Don's command of Lean Manufacturing concepts serves both the company and its customers, helping maximize efficiencies and drive down costs. Those who work with him, from the plant floor to the executive boardroom, find him an exceptional problem solver and excellent communicator, something that goes back to his early training in education.