Meet our Team

In a constantly changing industry, our knowledge and depth of experience is our greatest strength.  Each Yamco staff member plays an important role in growing and maintaining our industry leading aseptic vegetable & fruit purees, while delivering a superior product to our customers.


Tommy Askew

General Manager

Paul Gussenhofen

Production Manager

A graduate of the Air Force with two Associate in Applied Science Degrees in Aviation Maintenance Technology and Instructor Of Technology And Military Science. Gussenhofen began his career with the United States Air Force in 1989 as an Electrical/Environmental systems specialist at Bitburg AB Germany, continuing his career to Seymour Johnson AFB North Carolina where he was the lead Electrical Environmental system specialist. His career advancements lead him to become a Technical Training Instructor for new military recruits and the Squadron Safety Manager at Sheppard AFB Texas.

Gussenhofen retired with over 21 years of military service after his final tour at McGuire AFB New Jersey as Production Maintenance Manager where he managed dozens of Mission essential aircraft and personnel. After Retiring from the United Air Force in 2010, Gussenhofen started his civilian career with Yamco in Snow Hill North Carolina as the Production manager. He was/is a key element to the company’s growth using a patented aseptic microwave technology to aseptically pack a variety of fruits & Vegetables ingredients.

Paul also managers the distilling and bottling process for Covington Spirits Sweet Potato Vodka


Crystal Raynor

Quality Manager

Crystal joined Yamco in 2020, where she directs both Quality Assurance, Food Safety and Safety. Crystal has over 10 years of Quality Assurance experience in the food industry.

Crystal started her quality career as a Quality Assurance Inspector at Smithfield Foods and was promoted through the years to a Quality Assurance Supervisor. Crystal worked for Smithfield Foods until 2020.

Crystal was hired at Yamco in November as the Quality Assurance Manager. Crystal has experience in HACCP, Food Safety and Safety.

Crystal is passionate about her work and helping feed others safe, healthy foods. She is determined and motivated to assist customers and consumers as needed. Crystal is the parent of a son who is currently in college.


Tripper Showell

Sales Manager

Tripper Showell joined Yamco Sales in January of 2022 bringing with him more that 30 years of sales experience. With 15 years of experience in the Frozen Vegetable Processing industry, his customer base included both National Industrial and Food Service Accounts.

Tripper has worked closely across departmental lines of Production, QA/QC, Repack, Inventory Management and Logistics. He will use this experience to deliver the best “Total Value” to Yamco customers by working hard to ensure that they receive products that are competitively priced and that deliver on time, with required documentation and proper follow up after the sale.

With a passion for cooking, he is happy to collaborate with you on innovation and product development.