Our Team

Hickory Harvest is a third-generation, family-owned business with many long-time employees who are dedicated to our mission. That means that the people who work for us either are family… or they sure do feel like it! Get to know our leadership team and see how they help us provide the best products and service possible.


Darlene Swiatkowski, CEO

As the company CEO and family matriarch, Darlene has been a major part of Hickory Harvest from the very beginning.  Her industry expertise and deep understanding of the brand help shape our vision going forward.  It is with great pride that she looks back on the history of Hickory Harvest, and has witnessed the company’s continued growth and development as it moves well into the next generation.


Joe Swiatkowski, President

Joe has been president of Hickory Harvest Foods since 2005.  In his current role, Joe is in charge of Company Vision, Strategic Planning, and Core Value Implementation.  Working in the business since he was a teenager, Joe has held previous positions such as Director of Sales, General Manager, and Director of Operations.  During his time away from the office, he enjoys golfing, travel, and donating his time to help charitable causes.   While Hickory Harvest is near and dear to his heart, his greatest joy is spending time with his wife, three daughters, and a wonderful group of friends who have designated him as the “Nutman”.


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Eric McGrath, Vice President of Operations

Eric joined Hickory Harvest in 2015 with 10+ years of food manufacturing experience. During his time with Hickory, he has been part of the team to help expand the facility to include chocolate and yogurt enrobing and panned production. Through his leadership we continue to challenge the status quo and evaluate our process efficiencies on a daily basis. In his role, Eric leads the entire manufacturing operation, including production, maintenance, and all outside contractors. Additionally, he is responsible for oversight of food safety programs, accounting & finance, and IT strategy. Eric graduated with a Bachelors in Accounting from Ohio University and a MBA from the University of Dayton.

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You’re always welcome to tour our facility and learn more about our family, our process and what we can do to help you. Contact us any time!