Ellise Fallon is our Account Executive on the Supplier Sales team. Originally from Danville, California, Ellise completed her undergraduate education at UC Santa Barbara, where she received her B.S. in Biopsychology. Outside of work, Ellise enjoys spending her time making jewelry, exploring in nature, and playing with her pup, Walter. Get to know Ellise, a self-professed “dog mom” and our Account Executive on the Supplier Sales team by reading on!1. Tell us about your job at Apeel Sciences.
My role at Apeel Sciences is centered around bringing in new supplier partnerships. My primary responsibility is to identify and forge new relationships with produce suppliers we are interested in working with. I mainly focus on tree fruit and avocado suppliers in North America but support our sales efforts in other categories and geographies as well. I spend a lot of my time talking with prospective customers about how Apeel can bring value to their operations and helping uncover value for our current customers.
2. Have you always been interested in working in supplier relations? What brought you to this role?
I would say that the way I found my way here was serendipitous. I had previously been working in biotech sales and Apeel Sciences was a customer of ours. The more I learned about Apeel the more interested I became and started exploring roles here. My role has evolved a lot over the past 3 years but I’ve always known I wanted to work directly with our customers. The best part about being on the supplier sales team is that I truly believe we are selling a product and service that benefits our customers’ businesses, and the world as a whole. I have also really grown to love the produce industry even though I knew little about it before joining Apeel.
3. What is your favorite thing about working at Apeel?
My favorite thing about working at Apeel Sciences is the people. I am surrounded by incredibly intelligent people who are working hard at solving critical world problems. The work ethic and passion of my coworkers is inspiring and pushes me to be better every day. Additionally, I have the pleasure of working with a team that I genuinely enjoy spending time with.
4. What is a valuable lesson that you’ve learned while working at Apeel?
The most important lesson I've learned while working at Apeel Sciences is that no problem is unsolvable. We are tackling global problems which inspires me to approach obstacles creatively and encourages me to think of ways over, around, or through them. I like to start with the desired outcome in mind and brainstorm all the possible ways to get there until something works.
5. Where do you think Apeel Sciences will be in five years?
I see us operating in dozens of countries and servicing dozens of produce categories. That means Apeel-treated produce on the shelves of grocery stores around the world, enabling millions of shoppers access to Apeel produce. I also see our team working to bring new innovations in materials science to other industries outside of fresh produce, and I’m excited about all of it!