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, Chairman Emeritus

After being a major part of Hickory Harvest from the beginning, Darlene has decided to embrace and enjoy retirement.


Joe Swiatkowski, President

Joe has been president of Hickory Harvest Foods since 2005 and in 2020, acquired the company.  Even with the added responsibilities of owning Hickory Harvest, 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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Jennifer Thompson, VP of Operations

Jennifer joined Hickory Harvest in 2021 and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to assist the company with day to day operations as well as development and implementation of operations to fuel future growth.



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!