Years in Industry: 38 years
Family: Wife Krista, son Brody and daughter Kallie
Memberships: IFTA, Michigan Christmas Tree Association, Michigan Nursery Landscape Association, Michigan Apple Committee Board
The original 40 acres of Glei’s was purchased by Damon’s great grandmother and grandfather in 1918. It started as a means to survive the Great Depression and grew slowly to what it is today — over 400 acres total, including 80 acres of apples. Currently, Damon’s father Owen is still active in the business. His wife Krista is the manager of the new retail outlet in Coldwater. Both of their kids, Brody and Kallie are often found helping out, whether it be in the store or with a picking sack strapped to them. Damon’s sister Lora is also seen around the store during the busy seasons helping.
Damon attended Michigan State University and has been involved with the fruit industry his entire life. The majority of Glei’s apples are shipped to Southeast Michigan and Damon hopes to work with internal defect sorting technology in the future.
Damon says his favorite part about working in the fruit industry is working outdoors and working with the other people in the industry. When asked what he thought was the biggest challenge the fruit industry faced in the future he responded, “Labor, labor, and well...labor.”
His wife Krista joked that he doesn’t do much for fun and is working all the time, but when Damon isn’t in his busy season he enjoys spending time with his family on the lake, water skiing, snow skiing and golfing.