Norm Nelson Jr., Partner
Norm has over 30 years of experience in the potato business. He grew up on the Nelson family farm and from a young age loved his time driving tractor and walking through the fields. Norm applied his focus to detail to the improvement of farming operations. Norm is well known for his witty sense of humor and kind warm attitude toward all. Norm’s favorite childhood memory of growing up on the farm is riding on the potato harvester and then later in the day watching his father as he operated the potato piling equipment. Also, he almost gets teary eyed recalling the smell of freshly dug potatoes and dirt in the storage building.
Jim Nelson, Partner
Jim has more years in the potato business than he wants to talk about... He grew up on the Nelson family farm and from a young age was always tinkering around in the shop and applying his mechanical abilities to improve the equipment used on the farm. Jim is always ready at a moment’s notice to jump in and lend a hand to help wherever he’s needed. Jim’s fondest childhood memory of growing up on the farm is feeding cattle, packing corn silage with the caterpillar tractor and loading rail cars with 100 LB sacks of potatoes as a way to get ready for football season!
Tony Wisdom, Partner
Tony has 15 years of potato experience to add to his lengthy career in the produce industry. He grew up on a vertically integrated family farm in Eastern Washington that specialized in vegetable production. Tony holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Entrepreneurship from Seattle Pacific University. His jokes are the funniest in the world, just ask him…
Casey Schols, Farm Manager
Casey started with Sterling Hill in 2003. He was the first non-owner employee! His first position was Ag Equipment Operator; that means he was the tractor driver and equipment operator extraordinaire! Since then, Casey has steadily worked his way through the ranks and today runs all Agricultural Operations on the day to day basis. Casey is particularly gifted in multi-tasking which is critical in his current role. Casey is also a proud father of 2!
Sharrie Nelson, Food Safety Manager
Sharrie dove in to the role of Food Safety Manager with all her crazy energy. In our first year out of the gate, Sharrie executed the Food Safety plan so well that we received near perfect scores on ALL OF OUR FOOD SAFETY AUDITS! Despite her active role in the business, Sharrie maintains her leadership position in the local 4-H scene and was even inducted into the state 4-H Hall of Fame. She is also a graduate of Washington State University and she is our resident horse expert!
Dawn Brown, Controller
Dawn has been the real brains of the organization since 2007. After living in Alaska for several years, she and her family moved here to God’s country. Dawn is always ready to jump in and take on any task. She is the resident “this is how you fix that” person when it comes to computer stuff. When Dawn isn't working she enjoys hiking and spending time with her husband, son and daughter.
Ryan Schols, Plant Manager
Ryan joined our team in August of 2013 and hit the ground running. Ryan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Entrepreneurship from the University of Washington. Ryan keeps the packing plant running in perfect harmony and makes sure that the potatoes that will be on our customers shelves are clean and of the best quality possible. When Ryan isn't watching potatoes he enjoys spending time with his wife and two children as well as doing woodwork. Ryan is the smartest and best looking male member of the staff......he also updates the website.
Nicole Martinson, Office Assistant
Nicole is the cheerful voice you hear on the other end of the telephone when you call our office. Nicole is new to the agriculture industry, but has some deep family roots within the Skagit Valley. We are very happy to have Nicole on our staff and she has already proven to be a great asset to our team. Nicole is a graduate of Western Washington University and a proud mother of 3.