Chief of Operations (KS)
As Chief of Operations for Mahaska in Kansas, Jim Frush is responsible for the general management and improving both sales volumes and operating efficiency in all facets of Mahaska’s diversified businesses. In addition, Frush also manages brand partner relations and new opportunities for all of Mahaska from opportunity identification and diligence to contract negotiations.
In joining Mahaska 1982, Frush was one of 4th generation owner Bradley Muhl’s first hires. He held Route Sales positions in Fremont, Knoxville, and Ottumwa, Iowa. He used previous knowledge of grocer operations to increase the sales and distribution of Mahaska’s products, winning accolades as the top salesmen in the company in 5 out of 8 years. Subsequently, Frush was promoted to Route Director with supervisory responsibility over a Mahaska warehouse and 4 routes. In 1991, Frush was promoted to Marketing Director and relocated to Kansas where he managed a sales force. In 1996, Frush was appointed Chief Marketing Officer for Mahaska, a role where he was responsible for all customers including local and corporate. As CMO, Frush initiated several innovative sales incentives and programs that increased sales and profits for Mahaska and their loyal customers alike. In 2009, Frush assumed general management responsibilities for Mahaska in Kansas.
Growing up and in Oskaloosa, IA, Frush had several paper routes and became experienced in the grocery business fulfilling roles from stocking to management. Frush enjoys golf, hunting and fishing.
Frush graduated from Oskaloosa High School and completed courses for licensure in real-estate as well as several business management programs at Drake University.