Tom Barnes, CEO
Tom brings a unique toolbox of skills to the Category Partners family. With a background in Information Technologies and 13 years of experience working with the largest retailer in the world he brings with him robust analytical skills and a wealth of knowledge and understanding of the retail world. Tom began his career out of college as an IT Professional and soon found a desk at Wada Farms Marketing Group where he moved up through the ranks to finally head the Walmart Account group for almost 6 of his 13 years with the company. As such, he was not only the sales lead on the account but also did a great deal of category management and was a close advisor to the Walmart merchandisers and buyers.
Tom hails from Idaho Falls, Idaho where he and his wife are doing their best to raise their five beautiful children. Tom loves to ride ATVs, coach sports of every kind, and simply be with his kids every chance he gets.
Adam Brohimer, President
Adam Brohimer is a seasoned retail produce marketing executive. He has more than a dozen years of experience assisting a broad cross section of grower/shipper and commission clients in building and optimizing their category management and research programs.
Adam is a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and received his MBA from the University of California, Irvine. Adam and his wife and young son reside in Laguna Hills, CA. Spending time with his family and working on landscaping projects around the yard are his primary passions. He remains an avid college football fan, cheering for the Nebraska Cornhuskers every Saturday in the Fall.
Mac Johnson heads up Category Partners and brings with him the marketing expertise needed to make a difference. Mac held senior marketing management positions at Ketchum Advertising, Beatrice Foods, General Mills, Tom’s Foods and most recently, the U.S. Potato Board where he collaborated with the Perishables Group to develop the award winning potato “Best In Class” program. This broad spectrum of consumer marketing experience helps us bring a new perspective to these categories, transitioning them from a commodity to a consumer packaged good. Of course, one can’t make an industry impact without respected industry involvement.
Mac served on the Produce for Better Health Board for five years and has spoken or been a panel participant at PMA and United Fresh Fruit. He has also spoken on several occasions at the National Potato Expo, and all state potato meetings. His articles and interviews frequently appear in most industry and trade publications.