Chavis Ferguson, Director of Operations, has overall responsibility for production, quality assurance, maintenance, engineering, and customer service at Coast Packing. Ferguson began his professional career as a Project Engineer with Monsanto Company and progressed through increasing levels of responsibility at various organizations, including R.R. Donnelley, CSM Bakery Solutions, McCormick and IG Design Group, where, most recently, he was Vice President of Global Operations.
Ferguson’s teams have achieved multiple OSHA VPP Star Safety Awards, Certifications in SQF, BRC, Toyota Lean Manufacturing Systems and Six Sigma – Variability Reductions, among others. His teams have also been recognized for social engagement with the Special Olympics, Junior Achievement, Scouts of America, the cities of Lancaster, Pennsylvania and Monett, Missouri, and Relay for Life. On behalf of Relay for Life, he and his team created the Schreiber Foods Mouse Races — an event that raised more than $20,000 in its first year.
Ferguson was born in St. Louis and attended the University of Missouri, Columbia, where he holds degrees in both Electrical and Computer Engineering. He earned an MBA from Webster University in St. Louis, and is a certified Six Sigma – Green Belt. In 2018, he participated in the Negotiations program at Harvard University.
Ferguson is married and has two children, Chavis III and Janessa. Away from work, he enjoys road and mountain biking, working out, traveling and movies, and he hopes to return to golf very soon.