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Meet Our Owners

Wysocki Family of Companies, a second generation family farm, is a category leader and key grower/shipper of year-round potatoes and onions. WFC prides itself on maintaining a high level of business integrity that includes commitments to environmental sustainability, as well as category innovation and retail solutions.


Russell Wysocki

President, RPE, Inc.; CEO, WFC


I’m all about…

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enjoying life with my family and doing the right thing for everyone involved in our business from our growers and team members to our customers.

If you were a potato variety, which would you be?

I would be one of our new varieties that have multiple colors and, of course, taste great, such as the Honeysuckle Gold!

What’s a hobby of yours that most people don’t know about?

In 2012 I earned my light sport pilot license and now own and fly a powered parachute, which is an absolute awesome way to leave the stress of work on the ground.

If you didn’t work here, what would you be doing?

I always thought that I would find being a counselor a very rewarding career. I love working with people and helping them reach their full potential.

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Jim Wysocki

CFO, WFC


I’m all about…

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projects, whether personal, family or business, I enjoy working on them and I devote all my spare thinking time to them.

If you were a potato variety, which would you be?

I would be the Russet Norkotah potato, because the introduction of Norkotah and its consumer appeal changed the fresh potato industry. What I enjoy most is being part of changing and improving our industry and business.

What’s a hobby of yours that most people don’t know about?

I love to scuba dive in Caribbean or tropical waters. I have been certified since 1981 and even dove on my honeymoon in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

If you didn’t work here, what would you be doing?

At the beginning of my career the answer would have been to go into public accounting, and I expect I would have started in tax and moved to estate and business consulting.

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Gary Wysocki

General Manager, Paragon Specialties & Maintenance


I’m all about…

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solving problems of design and structure. Helping others grow and develop skills to achieve greater success is very rewarding.

If you were a potato variety, which would you be?

I would be a Pink Rose potato, because it’s not all that common and there’s a lot more to learn about it.

What’s a hobby of yours that most people don’t know about?

I still play saxophone at our family Christmas and can play chords and simple songs on the piano.

If you didn’t work here, what would you be doing?

I enjoy developing machines and equipment and problem solving, so more than likely working with those strengths in design or marketing.

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Bill Wysocki

General Manager, Paragon Potato Farms, Inc.


I’m all about…

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God, family, getting things done and making people laugh.

If you were a potato variety, which would you be?

I would be the Russet Norkotah potato, because it isn’t anything special but it is solid, predictable and has longevity with limited defects.

What’s a hobby of yours that most people don’t know about?

My family calls me Mr. Fix-It for fixing or improving anything without an engine. I love to tinker in my shop and build wooden clocks.

If you didn’t work here, what would you be doing?

I would enjoy flipping houses.

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Kirk Wille

General Manager of Grower Relations and Storage, Paragon Potato Farms, Inc.


I’m all about…

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people: family, friends and coworkers. That’s most of what we do and what our work is all about.

If you were a potato variety, which would you be?

I would be the Honey Gold from our Tasteful Selections brand, because everyone who tries it likes it.

What’s a hobby of yours that most people don’t know about?

I spend most of my free time between a hobby farm that I just started and woodworking and cabinetry.

If you didn’t work here, what would you be doing?

I enjoy developing and creating equipment and studied construction, natural resources, engineering and pulp and paper production, all of which could take me a million different directions.

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Jeff Sommers

General Manager, Wysocki Produce Farm


I’m all about…

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making things happen, rural living and spending time outdoors.

If you were a potato variety, which would you be?

I would be the Willow Creek Gold because it’s consistent and you know what you’re going to get, but it’s not your run-of-the-mill potato.

What’s a hobby of yours that most people don’t know about?

Most people know that I’m a hunter, but I also go elk hunting. It’s the most demanding work of my year.

If you didn’t work here, what would you be doing?

I would be working in agriculture somehow, probably in Washington State because I love it out west. I used to say that if I weren’t a potato farmer, I would be a dairy farmer, and now I’m actually both.

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