Post Harvest Technologies, Inc

PHT, Inc. is a

Wyoming C-Corporation owned by PHT Holdings, LLC. PHT, Inc. owns four portfolio companies: Central Coast Cooling, LLC, PHT Investment Group, LLC, PHT Development Group, LLC and Facilities Management Group, LLC.

Historical Roots


PHT Inc. Inception

PHT Inc. Growth


PHT Inc. Transition

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Historical Roots

Our roots date back to 1936 when the original founders of Growers Ice Company (GIC) established this innovative business to service the fresh produce industry in the Salinas Valley.

The GIC founders became pioneers of the industry, and were instrumental in Salinas becoming the “salad bowl” of the United States.

By the end of World War I, the “green gold” growing in the fields helped make Salinas one of the wealthiest cities (per capita) in the United States.

The name “iceberg lettuce” was coined in the 1930’s when train cars full of lettuce were shipped cross country using ice produced at the GIC facility. Today, Salinas fuels a $2 billion Ag industry which supplies 80% of the country’s lettuce.



Post Harvest Technologies, Inc. (PHT), a California Corporation, was originally formed on May 25, 1989 with the mission to manufacture pre- and post-cooling equipment. PHT was a manufacturer for many companies in the agriculture industry, as well as Growers Ice Company.

Over a quarter of a century, PHT, Inc.’s story has been about a commitment to putting clients first, innovative thinking, passion for performance and a remarkable collaboration.

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PHT, Inc. hit their growth phase and expanded their manufacturing capabilities. They began establishing their position in the market as a leading manufacturing company for innovative, pre- and post-harvest equipment in the Ag Tech industry.

PHT, Inc. also continued their commitment as the exclusive manufacturer for GIC, substantially growing their pre- and post-cooling inventory.

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On July 27, 2017, a new Delaware C-Corp was formed, which operates currently as Post Harvest Technologies, Inc.

PHT, Inc. is now 100% owned by PHT Holdings, LLC and has reestablished the brand identity as a management, investment and consulting company. Through a strategic reorganization in 2018, GIC transferred its ownership of Growers Custom Equipment, LLC (GCE) and Central Coast Cooling, LLC (CCC) to PHT, Inc.

PHT, Inc. established a qualified opportunity fund, PHT Opportunity Fund LP, on February 6, 2019. The Fund was converted to a Limited Partnership on February 27, 2020. PHT, Inc. formed the General Partner of the Fund, PHT OF GP, LLC on February 27, 2020, and subsequently changed the General Partner’s name to PHT Investment Group LLC on June 4, 2021.

PHT, Inc. created a conventional investment fund on June 4, 2021 called PHT Growth Fund LP. The General Partner for PHT Growth Fund LP is also PHT Investment Group LLC. PHT, Inc. owns 100% of PHT Investment Group LLC, which controls both PHT Opportunity Fund LP and PHT Growth Fund LP as each fund’s General Partner.

Facilities Management Group LLC (FMG), was established in May 2021. Its purpose is to be a pure contracting and consulting company, working with customers and clients to manage and service facilities and precooling equipment for the cold storage industry.


Our Team

Jim White, PhD
Jim White, PhD

Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Jim White is Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer of Post Harvest Technologies, Inc. and Growers Ice Company, Inc., Founder and CEO of PHT Opportunity Fund LP and PHT Investment Group LLC, and Founder and President of JL White International, LLC. He is the author of several acclaimed books, including the first published book on Qualified Opportunity Funds: Opportunity Investing: How to Revitalize Urban and Rural Communities with Opportunity Funds.

Dr. White achieved international recognition as CEO of Blount World Trade Corporation, Owner and Managing Director of ACEC Centrifugal Pumps NV, Belgium, and as Vice President and Division Manager of Ingersoll Rand Equipment Corporation.

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Throughout his 40+ year career, he has bought, expanded, and sold 23 companies, operating in 44 countries. Dr. White acquires struggling businesses to revive and develop them into profitable enterprises using his business turnaround strategy. In addition to turning around struggling businesses, Dr. White has worked on dozens of industrial and commercial real estate development and Design-Build projects, infrastructure projects, as well as mining, power, oil & gas, agriculture, and manufacturing projects. To date, Dr. White has generated more than $1.8 billion in revenue. Dr. White holds a B.S. in civil engineering, an MBA, and a doctorate in psychology and organizational behavior.

Dr. White is also the founder of the customized yearlong, leadership and management transformation process, The Circle of Success; Jim White’s Classic Movie Series; and The Red Carpet Tour.These innovative events have attracted more than 100,000 participants worldwide, including Fortune 500 CEOs, management teams, entrepreneurs, governments, and trade associations.

In addition to Opportunity Investing, Dr. White has authored several other best-selling books—most recently, Broken America: Ten Guiding Principles to Restore America. He is also author of the critically-acclaimed: What’s My Purpose? A Journey of Personal and Professional Growth, which has been lauded by such industry leaders as Steven M.R. Covey and Jack Canfield.

Nick Stoll
Nick Stoll

Chief Administrative Officer

Nick Stoll is the Chief Administrative Officer of Post Harvest Technologies (PHT). He oversees the financial and business operations that support our business strategy, and is responsible for finance, controllership and corporate development and strategy, in addition to creating goals, policies, and procedures for efficiency and compliance.

For the last 18 years, Nick was the Controller for various businesses including Growers Ice Company (affiliate of PHT), New Leaf Community Markets (Division of New Seasons), Prescience International (acquired by Johnson and Johnson), and Multigig, Inc (acquired by Analog Devices).

In the first 11 years of his career Nick lived and led businesses in Spain. 

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He holds a Masters in Finance and a Masters in Management of Technology from Golden Gate University, and he received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Davis. Nick played football and rugby at UC Davis, currently referees Junior College football, and regularly travels to Europe to visit his grown children.

Rick Russo
Rick Russo

President – Central Coast Cooling

Rick brings a strong leadership background within the fresh produce space, in both sales and marketing as well as project management,” said Dr. Jim White, Chairman and CEO of Post Harvest Technologies. 

Prior to joining Central Coast Cooling, Russo served as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Church Brothers Farms and before that as Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Mann Packing Company. His 35 years of experience within the fresh produce industry has afforded him skills in strategic business development, new product development, data analytics, forecasting, team building, and financial management.

Rick has a track record of being results driven and maintaining a focus on the development of differentiation and competitive advantage.

Jeff Beebout
Jeff Beebout

President – FMG Equipment Division

Jeff Beebout is the President for FMG’s Equipment Division. He is responsible for developing, communicating and implementing the company’s vision, mission, and plan of execution for the various company departments. These include Engineering and Design, Manufacturing, Sales, Rental and Leasing, Parts Sales, and Service. Jeff is an industry-lauded technical solutions strategist and pioneer who has contributed to the success and growth of global companies focused on impactful innovations. His passion is driven by an innate desire to find the best solution to any problem.

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Proven leadership, contributions, and results have allowed him to succeed in notable key areas of Corporate Development, Design, Technical Sales, Operations, Intellectual Property, and Advanced Manufacturing Technology. Jeff was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. His extensive C-Suite journey spans over 20 years and includes influential leadership roles in Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing), Surface Science, Material Research, Aerospace, Water/Wastewater, and Industrial Manufacturing industries. Some of these companies include Continuous Composites where he held the CTO and later CEO positions, McAllister Technical Services having served as Vice-President and later President, Blue Water Technologies as Vice-President, and multiple years in The Netherlands as Technical Director for Hositrad Holland BV. His experience has led him to oversee critical technical and operational oversights relying on strategic partnerships, relationship building, and fostering growth across all lines of business. Collaboration, teamwork, and accountability are fundamental to his work ethic. Identifying gaps, proposing solutions, and empowering company talent are genuine motivations for him.

Jeff’s role as President of FMG – Equipment Division brings a true sense of Innovation and value-add into an industry that has been rather static in its creation and implementation of technological advancements.

Jakob Levison
Jakob Levison

Director of Business Development

Jake Levison is the Director of Business Development for PHT, with responsibilities including capital raising, new business generation, leasing and marketing, financial analysis, and relationship management with current and prospective investors in PHT Funds and Joint Ventures. Prior to joining PHT, Jake worked at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, M&T Bank, and most recently Blockworks – a fast-growing media startup at the intersection of finance and digital assets. Jake received his B.A. in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) with a concentration in Choice and Behavior from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was also a member of the Varsity Baseball team.

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Jake serves on the Chairman’s Council of New York Restoration Project (NYRP), a non-profit organization operating as the only citywide conservancy focused on New York’s underserved neighborhoods. Jake lives in New York City, and is based out of our Greenwich, CT office.

Scott Klein
Scott Klein

Director of External Affairs

Scott Klein is a well-regarded community activist and entrepreneur. Scott is a published author who hosts the popular “Get Down to Business” radio show in Chicago and serves as an Officer in the US Army Reserves, as well as the Chairman of the Village of Skokie Economic Development Commission. Scott holds a doctorate in educational leadership and a master’s degree in non-profit management. He is an active leader for the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). As Director of External Affairs, Scott brings his extensive community relations, communications and management experience to PHT’s portfolio to drive awareness and growth.

Derek Bartholomew
Derek Bartholomew

Human Resources Manager

Derek Bartholomew is a Human Resources (HR) professional with over fourteen (14) years’ experience working in Fortune 500 and 100 Companies. Namely, The Goodyear Tire& Rubber Company, Honeywell, and Amazon.

He has a broad and in-depth working knowledge of several functional HR areas, which include Labor & Employee Relations, Staffing, Change Management, Organizational and Career Development, Compliance, Executive Coaching, Diversity and Union Avoidance. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in economics& History and a Master’s degree in Labor Relations&Human Resources from Cleveland State University.

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Additionally, he earned a Master’s degree in Organizational Development& Change Management from Case Western Reserve University.

He is an ACC Coach and certified to administer the following programs:
• DDI Learning System
• DiSC
• Emotional Intelligence Quotient 2.0 & EQ 360 Feedback Survey
• Hogan Assessments HPI/HDS/MVPI

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