Senior Leadership Team

Tom Hurson is President and CEO for Tree Top, Inc., and President of Northwest Naturals, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary

Tom has been with the company since 1984 has been on the executive team for over two decades.  He has held progressively more responsible positions within Finance, Sales and Marketing in the Consumer Packaged Goods and Ingredient businesses, most recently as Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing. Tom received a BS degree in Accounting from Central Washington University. He is very active in several industry associations and is currently serving as the past Chairman of the Board of Directors, Juice Products Association and is a board member of US Apple Association.

Dwaine Brown – Vice President of Information Services and Chief Information Officer

Dwaine rejoined Tree Top’s leadership team in 2004 and worked as a product manager, director of Financial Analysis, controller and chief financial officer with oversight of Information Services.  Dwaine is a Certified Management Accountant with over 30 years of experience in agricultural-based food companies, including several leadership roles with Small Planet Foods/General Mills, IBP Inc., and Ocean Spray.  Dwaine has a BS in Business Administration from Iowa State University.  He is a member of the National Society of Accountants for Cooperatives as well as treasurer on Washington Apple Education Foundation’s board of directors.

Craig Green - Vice President of Finance & Chief Financial Officer

Joined Tree Top in June 2017 bringing more than 15 years of experience working in the agricultural industry, most recently as CEO of Legacy Fruit. He began his career in public accounting and guided business clients, primarily in the agricultural industry in financial optimization. Craig was recruited to Watts Brothers Farms in Kennewick and took on the role of Chief Financial Officer in 2002. Craig held the position of Chief Financial Officer for River Point Farms for nine years and in 2013 also took on the role of Chief Operating Officer. While at River Point Farms he worked closely with the board in a senior leadership role developing and leading strategic initiatives to improve profitability and financial stability to improve results and long-term competitive advantage. Craig obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration, Accounting, and Information Systems from the University of Alaska. He is a Certified Public Accountant and member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Cris Hales – Vice President of 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, fruit procurement, business development and grower relations.  Her prior employment included national supply manager at ENZA, Ltd, New Zealand, and managerial 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 operation and a graduate of California State Polytechnic University with a BS in Agricultural Business Management.  Cris currently serves on the Board of Directors of Northwest Harvest and the Northwest Agricultural Cooperative Council and is a member of following:  Downtown Yakima Rotary Club; US Apple Association’s Industry Informational Committee; and Northwest Horticultural Council’s Science Advisory Committee.

Ken Janes – Vice President of Quality and Technical Services

Joined Tree Top in November 2015, bringing more than 25 years of experience in food safety and quality. His prior experience includes DSM Nutritional Products, Florida’s Natural and Cargill Juice. Ken has a BS in Biology and an MS in Microbiology from the University of South Florida. He is an Advanced SQF Practitioner, a Certified HACCP Manager, and has training or certifications in Food Allergens, 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.

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 Manufacturing, Production, Engineering, Contract Manufacturing, Environmental Regulations and Corporate Social Responsibility. Gary brings extensive food processing industry experience, including The Western Sugar Cooperative where he was vice president Operations for five years and had responsibilities for five factories and six distribution facilities over a four-state area.  He holds a BS degree in Engineering from North Dakota State University.

Monica Taylor – Vice President of Supply Chain

Joined Tree Top in 2017 bringing with her more than a decade of supply chain experience in the food industry, with a strong background in integrated business planning, procurement, inventory management and distribution.  Prior to Tree Top, Monica worked for Cargill, the largest privately held corporation in the United States, where she held several roles which included aligning and improving sales and operations planning globally. She has a BA in Speech Communication and Business Management from Oregon State University where she played on the women’s softball team.

Scott Washburn – Vice President of 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, regional, and national level for the Society for Human Resources Management, the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management representing over 300,000 members in 165 countries and is currently serving as a Director on the Board of Directors for HR People + Strategy. He earned his BS 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.