Keith Gomes, president and CEO, Tree Top Inc.

Tree Top Inc., Selah, WA, has hired Keith Gomes as president and CEO. He begins his new role at the agricultural cooperative on Jan. 5, following the retirement of CEO Tom Stokes, who has held the position for the past 15 year.

Gomes brings to Tree Top more than 30 years of food industry experience in various leadership roles. Most recently, he was chief operating officer of the Dairy Farmers of America’s Global Dairy Products Group, which accounts for nearly $4 billion in annual sales.

Gomes’ responsibilities have included leadership roles in two of DFA’s three divisions and spanned the entire commercial division. His experience includes managing the production as well as sales and marketing of perishable and nonperishable consumer products and ingredients sold throughout the world.

Tree Top is an agricultural cooperative owned by more than 1,000 apple and pear growers in the Pacific Northwest and one of Washington’s largest privately held companies. It has eight processing facilities in Washington, Oregon and California.