IRVINE, Calif. (October 25, 2017) – Western Growers is pleased to announce the recent hire of Drew Triplett, who will join the Insurance Services team as Vice President of Operations. Triplett will be responsible for developing innovative processes and models that integrate cutting-edge technologies to help Western Growers further provide tailored insurance solutions for clients. Additionally, Triplett will plan, direct and coordinate operational needs while improving and enhancing the efficiency of internal procedures.

“Drew’s impressive track record of implementing successful strategic initiatives and operational improvements combined with his extensive background in healthcare provides a unique skill set to help expand and bolster the insurance services Western Growers offers to the agricultural and food industry,” said Jeff Gullickson, senior vice president of Western Growers Insurance Services.

Triplett comes to Western Growers with nearly 10 years of experience streamlining management processes and restructuring methodologies for health entities throughout the Pacific Northwest. He most recently served as chief operating officer and acting chief financial officer at PPGWNI Health Clinics, where he oversaw operations for numerous health centers and surgical sites; recruited new providers and staff members; and revamped training and education that led to change in organizational culture.

“I am thrilled to be part of the Western Growers’ team,” said Triplett. “My entire career has been dedicated to refining standard processes using lean management techniques, and I look forward to continuing that tradition by devising and instituting innovative solutions that will help our team better serve the ag community.”

Triplett holds a Master of Business Administration, Healthcare Administration from Gonzaga University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and economics from Washington State University. Originally from Vancouver, Washington, Triplett currently lives in Irvine, California, with his wife and one-year old daughter.