Kingston Companies

The Kingston Companies are a privately-held group of enterprises controlled by its founder, David O. Kingston. There are over 30 total enterprises that make up the Kingston Companies, concentrated in agriculture, aquaculture, real estate development, and power generation.

The vision of the Kingston Companies is to build enterprises which succeed commercially and in an environmentally responsible way. Each of the Kingston Companies operates independently, with coordination across the units directed from the Companies' headquarters in Idaho Falls, ID.


Kingston Companies Management

Mike Kingston

Mike Kingston is the Director of Public Relations for Kingston Fresh and on the Board of Governors for the Kingston Companies. He has been an important part of the company since its founding by Mike's brother David O. Kingston in 1977. The Kingston Companies is a private, family-owned business.

A veteran of the produce industry, Mike has worked in all areas of the business, including operations, procurement, transportation, and sales. He was named Vice President of Sales & Marketing in 1990, and became President of Kingston Fresh in 1993. In addition to executive leadership at Kingston, Mike participates in numerous industry initiatives, and was the Director of the Produce Marketing Association Foodservice Division from 1988 to 1991. Mike attended the Executive Marketing Management program at Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

Mike lives in Idaho Falls, ID. Mike, a true outdoorsman, enjoys hunting and fishing, and is an avid golfer.


Nick Proia

Nick Proia is the Vice President of Business Development, joining the Kingston Fresh team in March 2013. In his role, he is responsible for developing new business, strengthening strategic relationships and expanding product lines and current distribution channels.

Nick comes to Kingston Fresh with over 25 years of experience in the industry, holding senior-level sales and management positions in the areas of foodservice distribution, value-added processing, and new product development. His extensive background in developing customer-centric programs-a hallmark of the Kingston brand-makes him perfectly suited to this position. Nick's former roles included Regional Positions with Adams Companies in both Little Rock and Memphis, Managing Partner with T & T Produce in Nashville, Vice President of Client Services for Pro*Act in Monterey and Vice President of Business Development for Royal Foodservice in Atlanta.

Nick lives in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife and two daughters. An avid outdoorsman who enjoys wood working, fly fishing, golf, and endurance running, Nick has run multiple marathons and has been a Tri-athlete since 1981 (and a 4-time Ironman finisher).


Ryan Cheney

Ryan Cheney joined Kingston Companies in 2003 as Director of Information Technology. Ryan is responsible for all of Kingston Companies' information architecture and data systems, including electronic commerce, website operations, and server and desktop information resources.

Prior to joining Kingston, Ryan managed IT initiatives for Corda Technologies, where his clients included Fox Sports and the National Cancer Institutes. He also worked in IT for Associated Food Stores in Salt Lake City, UT.

Ryan is married to his high school sweetheart, Katie. They have four children, Whitney, Quinton, Alyson, and Emilee. In addition to spending time with his family, Ryan enjoys photography, watching movies, and reading a good book.



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