The People of EJ's
Doug Schaefer
Doug has twenty-five years experience in the produce business.

He started in the business as a terminal market clerk then street salesperson for United Fruit and Produce in St. Louis, Missouri. From there he moved on to become a broker for the Tom Lange Company in Springfield, Illinois, then to shipping and desk sales in Lakeland, Florida selling a Florida watermelon deal.

Doug was one of the original partners of Fresh Network in Salinas, California. He opened up the Pacific International Marketing Arizona office in 1989 and was a partner for fifteen years during which time he managed a brokerage office. He later managed the Meyer Pacific joint venture that handles sales and shipping for many millions of imported Mexican tomatoes and vegetables.

In 2005 started EJ's Produce Sales with the strong encouragement of his wife and partner, Mary "Peggy" Schaefer, who serves as company Vice President.

Doug is a former President of the Arizona Vegetable Growers Association before it disbanded in 2005 at which time the organization's funds were used to set up a perpetual annual scholarship fund for one Agribusiness student from Arizona State University and one Agricultural student from the University of Arizona. Click on the NEWS button to the left for a link to the site.


In June of 2008, Doug was blessed with the news that he had a son, Damian Smith. This has also blessed Emily with a big brother. In January of 2010, Damian and his wife Jill were blessed with the birth of their first child, Shelby. Doug's first grand child. The Schaefers are thankful everyday for this miracle.
Emily Schaefer
Office Manager
Emily has been with the EJ's family business since December of 2005. Emily manages the accounts receivable and payable departments, as well as assisting with phones and managing the finances of EJ's Logistics & Farming, LLC. She is responsible for the smooth operation of the day-to-day business of the company and handles EJ's staffing, equipment and organizational needs.
Kade Kleinpeter
Kade joined the EJ's family in December of 2009. He worked for Del Monte Produce from 1995 to 2009. While at Del Monte he served as a Dispatcher and Operations Manager. In 2005, as the Sales Manager, he specialized in the FOB sales of bananas, pineapples and melons. The rest is history...
Roy Deki
Roy has been in the produce industry for 20 years. He started in the industry as a broker with Trigent Marketing back in 1994 and joined the E.J.'s Produce Sales team in 2011. In his 20 years of experience, Roy has continued to service a customer base consisting of retail, food service, institution, and whole sale. He also has dealt directly with growers based in the state of Arizona with marketing and sales of various commodities. Before starting his career in the produce industry, Roy was the First Assistant Golf Professional at Del Monte Golf Course located in Monterey Ca. which is owned and operated by the Pebble Beach Corporation. Roy's love for golf continues to this day and is always up for a game.