Jody A. Martin, Director
“I am very passionate about farming and the business of agriculture. I was blessed to be raised on a large family farm in Williamsburg and Clarendon Counties. By being a part of Pee Dee Food Hub, I have the opportunity to work with some great farmers, chefs, and individuals who love and appreciate local fresh produce. This challenge is not easy; however, it is very rewarding to be a part of strengthening the rural communities in our region by connecting quality safe foods from local farmers to local customers. Every day we have the opportunity to visit with companies, organizations, farmers and individuals about ways to help improve our health and wellness with fresh produce! I trust you will enjoy your connections with local farmers through the efforts of our great team. Thanks for supporting local farmers!”
Jody brings over 40 years of agricultural and business experience to the Hub Team. He played a very active role on the family farm; spent 24 years as a Clemson Extension Agent in Florence County and the Pee Dee; started “Martin Enterprises” a part time wholesale business in 1989; founded Palmetto Consulting Solutions “PCS AgriBiz” in 2009; co-founded and presides as the Executive Director of the “SC AgriBiz & Farm Expo”. Today his focus and time is spent finding ways to expand the produce industry with local farmers as the Director of the Pee Dee Food Hub. A major part of these efforts is to help improve health and wellness of the people in the region while creating a major impact on our local rural communities though local farmers.
Jody has resided in Florence, SC over the past 32 years. He is blessed with his wife and best friend, Cindy, an elementary school teacher, and two sons, Adam and Brett. He is actively involved in his church where he serves as an Elder.
He has a BS Degree in Agricultural Science with a minor in Agribusiness / Ag. Mechanization from Clemson University. However, he will tell you his primary education came from years on the family farm and around family business.
Sam McGill – Warehouse and Food Quality
“My experience in retail grocery and a lifelong interest in health and wellness fit perfectly as preparation for my current role. The passion I have for fresh local fruits and vegetables, which began as I grew up on the farm and developed as I pursued my career, helps me to enthusiastically extol the benefits of our product offering. My experience in the operational side of procuring fresh produce and handling to the point it reaches the consumer allows me to be an advocate for the farmer and the customer.”
Sam has over forty years of experience in the retail arena ranging from entry level retail to retail management. During this span of time, he has worked at all levels of retail, as a team member to Business owner. Sam has operated as a sales representative selling both tangible and intangible product, small ticket to big ticket items. As a retail associate, he experienced working on small one person projects up to managing large teams responsible for tens of millions of dollars in sales. Sam worked thirteen years with Winn Dixie Inc. where for five years he was responsible for produce operations at the store level. He also worked with Sam`s Club in management for ten years, five years of this time he was the head of the grocery department, which included oversight of the fresh produce operation.
Sam was born and raised in the Springville Community of Marion County. After college he returned to Marion and has worked for the majority of his career in the Pee Dee area. Sam was the husband of the late Doris Williams McGill for thirty-three years and has two adult children, Susan and Levi, both of Marion.
Scott Mace – Sales and Marketing
“I am blessed to be back in the Pee Dee area – and I really am happy to work with the Hub. I am passionate about our mission and purpose. Helping the local economy while working with our local farmers to deliver first quality, fresh, healthy products that benefit our business partners and their patrons and consumers is incredibly rewarding.”
Scott joins the Pee Dee Food Hub as manager of Sales and Marketing. A native of Marion County and raised working on a tobacco and grain farm, he has extensive experience in channel marketing and sales development, having worked with multiple national food product companies as owner of Mace Marketing Group in Greenville SC.
Scott is a graduate of Wofford College with a BA in Business Economics and Emory University with an MBA with Marketing Concentration. He enjoys hunting and fishing with his two sons, Jake and Robert.
Janice Burley – Operations Coordinator
“Having lived on a farm as a young girl, I learned to appreciate fresh fruits and vegetables. As an adult living in a large city, I craved being able to obtain fresh local produce. After moving to South Carolina, I now have the best of both worlds. That’s why I am excited to be associated with Pee Dee Food Hub and Carolina Farm Share. I love the concept of working with the local farmers to provide fresh local produce to the consumer. Having served as a volunteer site coordinator, I now look forward to working with all those associated with the Food Hub and hope to use my experience in administration and organization to enhance the operation of the Food Hub.”
Janice grew up in rural Stanly County and Cabarrus County, NC and lived most of her adult years in Charlotte before moving to Florence twelve years ago. She is a widow and has two married daughters, five grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. Janice’s passion is world missions and she has been involved in organizing, training, and leading mission teams to various parts of the world for the past twenty-two years. With a background as a paralegal and in church administration along with experience in accounting, organization and event planning, Janice will be an asset in the day-to-day operations of the PDFH.
Robert Smith – Delivery and Logistics
“I have been with the Pee Dee Food Hub only a short while and am amazed at the passion for detail in the way we handle the food that goes out to the consumers. The staff at the hub have so much knowledge and the farmers are focused on producing quality products. I’m excited to be a part of this team and provide fresh, quality foods to satisfy the local consumers.”
Robert joins the Hub with the responsibility of Delivery and Logistics with 18 years of driver and sales experience. He severed 8 years in the United States Army and retired as both a ground control specialist and a medical specialist.
Robert has been married for 20 years and his hobbies are sports and spending time with his 5 children and granddaughter. He is native of New York.