About Us

A Message From the President

My passion is teamwork. During the past 25 years, I have enjoyed working with associates, customers, investors, and partners to implement “Win-Win-Win-Win” strategies throughout the cold chain. More than ever, winning strategies require collaboration and treating each other as we would members of our own family. I am proud to be a Founder of Agile Cold Storage. Our foundation is built on prior successes in giving teammates a safe, respectful place to work and in servicing customers as if we were members of their team. Agile means, “able to move quickly and easily.” We are easy to work and do business with. Technology and automation will play a key role in Agile’s growth. For our team members, it will help us provide a better, safer work environment where they can be trained for tomorrow’s jobs, not yesterday’s. For our customers, technology and automation help us provide consistent, superior service at the most efficient prices.

 

We are not going to be the largest cold storage operator; we are solely focused on being the best. We are not looking for customers; we are focused on long-term partners. Our coworkers are not employees of a generic corporation; they are the lifeblood of our organization and critical members of our corporate family. I cannot wait to introduce you to the Agile Way.

 

—Don

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Our Founders

Fred Davidenko SVP, Information Technology

Fred Davidenko

SVP, Information Technology

About Fred

Fred has 12 years managing Manufacturing, warehousing and 3PL environments, 10 years managing enterprise-level technical environments experiencing heavy transformation and overseeing EDI, software development, integrations, infrastructure and business-critical applications across the US as well as supporting EU and UK environments. Contact him at fred@agilecoldstorage.com

 

Why Agile?

“Agile means working with a team that adapts, incorporates & adheres to values and strategies that allow our customers and employees to branch out and reach their potential.”

Craig Cardwell SVP, Conventional Operations

Craig Cardwell

SVP, Conventional Operations

About Craig

Craig has 25 years of experience in the cold storage industry, serving as a co-owner of Nashville Refrigerated Services from 1997-2014, Vice President of Southeast Distribution for Nordic Cold Storage from 2014-2015, and Vice President of Southeast Distribution for Agro Merchants from 2016-2018. Contact him at craig@agilecoldstorage.com

 

Why Agile?

“Agile Cold Storage is an opportunity for us to bring new levels of service to our customers which will enhance their experience. It means being able to work with a dedicated experienced team that will work hard for our associates, and our customers.”

Justin Kukal VP, Automation Strategy & Implementation

Justin Kukal

VP, Automation Strategy & Implementation

About Justin

Justin has 11 years of industry leading experience in the areas of Warehouse Operations, Facility Operations, Automation Operations, Strategic Planning, Project Management, Maintenance Management and Logistics, Justin started his warehousing career as a warehouse associate at Eagle Global Logistics 2001-2003, he also held the position of Warehouse Vertical Start Up Lead at Conagra Foods — Columbia Basin Blends from 2011-2015, Most recently, Justin held the position of Manager Automation & Project for Lineage Logistics/Preferred Freezer Services 2015-2020. Contact him at justin.kukal@agilecoldstorage.com

 

Why Agile?

“Agile brings the brightest and best in the industry focused on getting it done the right way, the first time and with 100% focus on the customer and employees.”

David Apseloff CFO

David Apseloff

CFO

About David

David is a CPA with more than 30 years of experience as a chief financial officer in private and public companies, primarily with businesses owned by private equity firms. He previously served as CFO of Nordic Cold Storage from 2011-2015 and CFO of Agro Merchants Group 2015-2016. Contact him at david@agilecoldstorage.com

 

Why Agile?

“Agile Cold Storage is an opportunity to partner with industry veterans and build a world class refrigerated warehouse company.”

Burnie Taylor COO/SVP, Automated Division

Burnie Taylor

COO/SVP, Automated Division

About Burnie

Burnie has 20 years of experience across multiple functional areas, with 15 years working for cold storage and distribution companies. He held the roles of VP, Strategy & Planning and VP, Business Development at Americold from 2005-2011. He worked for MDV Nash Finch as a Business Manager from 2012-2013, and prior to joining Agile was the General Manager & Director of Major Capital Projects for Preferred Freezer Services from 2013-2020. Contact him at burnie.taylor@agilecoldstorage.com

 

Why Agile?

“Agile exists to Exceed the Expectations of our customers, associates and vendors in a safe, transparent and service driven culture.”

Michelle Jeffries Chief of Staff

Michelle Jeffries

Chief of Staff

About Michelle

Michelle has 23 years in the 3PL cold storage industry, beginning her career as an Executive Assistant. She transitioned into operations for a large distribution account, ultimately moving into receiving blast export products at the Port of Savannah. She has also served as the liaison between operations and IT during WMS implementation for 13 warehouses in the Southeast. Contact her at michelle@agilecoldstorage.com

 

Why Agile?

“Agile Cold Storage is a team of people that bring honesty, integrity, knowledge and power to a table that gives customers & employees confidence that they are where they need to be.”

Don Schoenl headshot

Don Schoenl

President/CEO

About Don

Don has spent 25 years in cold storage and refrigerated food industries, serving as President of Nordic Cold Storage from 2001-2015 and President of Agro Merchants – North America from 2015-2017. Don is also the former President of World Food Logistics Organization. Contact him at don@agilecoldstorage.com

 

Why Agile?

“Agile Cold Storage exist because our founders and partners share a vision of a refrigerated warehouse company that provides the best service for our customers and a safe, respectful place for highly motivated people to work.”

Our Partners

AIMPERA Capital Partners, LLC

AIMPERA is a private investment firm that seeks to invest in asset-rich operating businesses in partnership with management. The firm looks to create value in businesses essential to the framework of American lives. AIMPERA focuses on pre-institutional sectors in the North American lower middle market. It targets opportunities with downside protection, stable income and growth potential while utilizing a repeatable, process-driven value creation model. To learn more, visit www.aimpera.com.

Continental Grain Company

CGC is a privately‐owned global investor, owner and operator of companies with more than 200 years of history across the food and agribusiness spectrum. CGC focuses on building platforms that leverage its strategic expertise in food production, processing, and distribution-to-source proprietary deals, working alongside trusted partners and supporting strong management teams. It concentrates on investment and operating plans that create enduring value and a sustainable, efficient and nutritional food supply chain. To learn more, visit www.continentalgrain.com