The Team

Barry Green

Barry's been with the company since its inception in 1982. As president of the company, Barry oversees all aspects of the business, from corporate strategy development, to administrative functions, to marketing. Barry's greatest interest, however, lies in building sustaining close connections within the industry, and so he remains an integral part of the client and supplier negotiations that are the mainstay of the business.

    Steven Green

    Steven joined Richard E. Ryan in 1985 after completing a degree in economics, and worked his way up through the ranks to become Vice-President and Co-Owner in 1988. The focus of Steven's role at Richard E. Ryan is the development and implementation of sales and marketing systems, and he is therefore responsible for the recruitment and training of the sales force, advertising and promotions, and formulating new business strategies. Steven is also directly involved in the daily transactions being negotiated between growers and buyers.

      Adam Crawford

      Adam became a part of the Richard E. Ryan team in 1987, and is a well-known and liked face among industry insiders. He is a highly meticulous negotiator and mediator, and handles both the buying and selling of the produce through direct dealings with customers and an expansive supplier network. You might very well see Adam at the next trade show or convention, gathering and disseminating information on all aspects of the business, from produce flow to future trends.

        Barry (Lex) Lexchin

        Lex joined the Richard E. Ryan team in October 2012. New to the produce industry, he brings a wealth of business experience and a contagious energy to the team. Lex left the accounting field for produce where his analytical , communication and listening skills are ideally suited for this fast paced industry. Lex has already began expanding our commodity base marketing dry onions, and carrots. A Cyclist, runner and diehard baseball fan, it is with this same enthusiasm and discipline that he brings to Richard E. Ryan.

          Goel Gakman

          Goel is a 3rd generation produce man. He joined the Richard E. Ryan team in November 2014 after working with his father for 5 years as a wholesaler. His roots in the industry can be traced back to a family corner store in Montreal. After graduating from York University, he and his father started their own wholesale business. His experience brings a unique and fresh perspective to the R.E. Ryan team. Utilizing the strong relationships he developed with his shippers and customers, Goel will be focused on expanding the product lines and customer base for R.E. Ryan.

            Sharlene O'Doherty

            Sharlene joined the team at Richard E. Ryan in 2004. Starting as a receptionist, she quickly became an integral part of the company. She soon branched off from office administration to accounting extraordinaire, shipper/customer liaison and customer service expert. She has become an important part of the R. E. Ryan family and continues to contribute to the daily functionality of our business. Sharlene enjoys working in the produce business and will continue to facilitate great customer relations.


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