Growing up beside his brother and father in the fields and offices of Ciruli Brothers and Amex Distributing Company, Chris gained a thorough understanding of the business’ operations by the time he officially joined in 1994. He has served in several roles in the warehouses, packinghouses, sourcing, and sales.
As Chief Operations Officer, Chris is now responsible for overseeing the company’s shipping, warehousing, sales, and business development with strategic accounts. Committed and insightful, Chris also dedicates time to serving the industry and the local communities.
Active in several trade associations, Chris works alongside other industry leaders to address issues that impact families everywhere, from nutrition to fresh produce consumption, food safety, and supply chain efficiencies.
He resides in Arizona where he and his wife dedicate their time to community outreach projects with First Things First and the Santa Cruz County Boys & Girls Club.
BS, Business Administration
Northern Arizona University
Awards & Recognitions
Fresh Produce Association of the Americas, Member of the Year Award, 2017
The Packer 25: Profiles in Leadership, 2009
Produce Business Magazine: 40-Under-Forty, 2005
National Mango Board:
Vice Chairman, 2021-2022
Treasurer, 2018, 2015-16
Board Member, 2014-21
Fresh Produce Association of the Americas:
Chairman of the Mango Division Since 2014
Past Chairman 2010-2012
Chairman from 2008-2010
Chairman elect 2006-2008
Mango Division Board Member Since 2006
United Fresh Produce Association:
Board Member at large, 2017-21
Wholesaler-Distributor Board, 2011-13
Leadership Program Class of 2007
Produce Marketing Association:
Foundation for Industry Talent, 2009
Foodservice Board Member 2005-07