Meet the team
Eben Kruger is the lifeblood of the powerhouse that is EKM. Like all the members of the EKM team, he is passionate about what he does. Eben’s personality can be described as intense. He has the uncanny ability to simplify even the most complex of situations, and he never falters under pressure. He believes in doing business in such a way that everyone wins. He believes in a hands-on approach, and is not afraid to really get in the middle of things. The Kruger family has always lived and breathed quality produce. Eben seeks to uplifts brands to a point that they become world renowned for their service as well as, for high quality products. In addition to being the founder and CEO of EKM, Eben is a loving husband, full-time dad and a keen golfer.
Hugo Kruger brings an exciting, energetic presence to EKM. Hugo is the first person in the office every morning. He works hard and has a comprehensive understanding of the international fruit trade. Hugo spent a great deal of his life taking on the toughest academic courses that universities had to offer. After undergoing three years of legal studies at the University of Stellenbosch, he followed his heart and qualified in Interior Architecture through a British distance learning University based in London. He places a large emphasis on building lasting relationships with all of our clients and is as versatile as he is friendly. Hugo is a crucial part of our family at EKM. He is responsible for our international accounts, as well as for the sales and marketing of our products in the Middle East and Canada.
Brendon Kruger is an ambitious man, with a passion for professionalism. Brendon is passionate and responsible, he takes business very seriously. Brendon is ambitious and driven, he constantly pushes the people around him to achieve and his charismatic personality makes him a natural born leader. Upon graduating high school, Brendon immediately took it upon himself to better the company that he has watched his father build from scratch. Brendon did not hesitate to put his own comfort aside and to move straight to Guangzhou, China. Brendon quickly learnt the basics of Mandarin and became an integral part of EKM’s business dealings in the Far East, building invaluable relationships with key partners in the Far East. Brendon makes it possible to maintain a strict control over product quality and product pricing by being EKM’s “boots on the ground” in the Far East, on some of the most competitive produce markets anywhere in the world.
Pieter Van Heerden
Pieter is a highly educated individual that is very enthusiastic and passionate about Finance. He completed he’s BCom Financial Management Degree from the University of Pretoria with 4 year’s Articles. He is an accountant by profession. He joined the EKM team in the beginning of 2015 and has been a valuable member of our team ever since. He’s core responsibilities are overseeing all the financial departments of EKM.
Ryno van Niekerk
Ryno van Niekerk is a resilient individual with an absolute commitment to perfection. He is our details guy. When it comes to diagnostics and problem detection, Ryno is on the ball. He also has experience in direct marketing, sales and administration. He is currently completing a Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of South Africa, majoring in Business Management. He is a valuable member of the team because of his friendly disposition and his overall understanding of the supply chain. His core responsibilities are logistics, administration and financial management.