Rafael Hernandez: March 2022 Wild Factor Award Winner

Rafael Hernandez: March 2022 Wild Factor Award Winner

Rafael brings a Will to Win to work every day. No matter how big or small the task is, he can do it! Here every day, he is a self-starter, ready to work. 

From helping out his crew to operating a piece of equipment, Rafael carries a positive attitude all day. His positivity rubs off on his teammates, making it a successful win for the team. 

He is the foundation to his crew, and his unwavering drive to compete and succeed does not go unnoticed. 

Congratulations to our March Winner, Rafael Hernandez! 

RiverWild Announces Wilders Farm

RiverWild Announces Wilders Farm

Wilders, a RiverWild company, purchases 1,200 acre ranch in Sampson County, N.C., to raise ethically-sourced Wagyu and livestock

CLAYTON, N.C. (February 2, 2021) – Wilders, a new agricultural venture to supply locally grown, ethically sourced, and sustainably produced meat products,  today announced the recent purchase of the Longhorn Creek Ranch in Turkey, N.C. Plans for the approximate 1,200 acres include pasture-raised livestock, Wagyu beef, and premium Wagyu genetics. 

“Having grown up in Eastern North Carolina, I have a deep appreciation for the hard-working men and women who have made our agriculture what it is today,” says Reid Smith, founder of Wilders. “Feeding your family healthy food shouldn’t be difficult. But with so many jobs and businesses going overseas, it gets harder every day to find healthy and sustainable products that are grown locally and fuel the local economy.”

Reid Smith is the founder and CEO of Clayton-based RiverWild in Clayton, N.C., along with his wife, Jaclyn. Wilders is a subsidiary of RiverWild and marks the organization’s first agricultural venture after primarily focusing on real estate, construction and development. 

“Our aim is to steward the land, people, and animals in our care to provide the best quality products while maintaining responsible and sustainable business models,” said Reid. “This effort to preserve our agricultural heritage has been a long time dream of mine and Jaclyn’s, and we’re excited about what the future holds.” 

“Growing our farm over the past two years has only deepened our family’s appreciation for agriculture and farming. We work hard to ensure that our animals receive the best quality care, from ethical treatment standards to sustainable farming methods, to the extra love and attention our kids give the animals on family farm workdays,” said Jaclyn Smith, Founder, Wilders. “We’ve found a tremendous opportunity to revive the Sampson County ranch to establish Wilders operations and look forward to introducing our online market in the New Year.” 

Wilders moved its livestock onto the new property in December, which includes pasture-raised chickens, Berkshire hogs, certified Angus and Wagyu cattle. A large sector of the farm operation is the herd of Fullblood Black Wagyu. Wilders intends to become a major distributor of authentic Japanese Wagyu genetics for the East Coast in addition to the e-commerce meat sales. 

“We are excited to see the growing investments in the Wagyu breed. This herd will expand availability of fullblood Wagyu on the East Coast, and we look forward to seeing it grow,” said Robert Williams, Executive Director, American Wagyu Association. 

“We are always excited when an innovative farm family works hard to expand the reach of North Carolina beef production.”

-Brian Blinson, NC Cattlemen’s Association

“I am proud to see continued investment in North Carolina’s number one industry – agriculture,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “North Carolina has tremendous agricultural diversity and the Wilders venture will certainly add to that diversity and move us closer to reaching the $100 billion mark in economic impact.”

While the ratio of small farms to major operations in North Carolina has shifted in recent years, agriculture is still a major contributor to North Carolina’s economy, contributing $92.7 billion.

For more information about Wilders farm, meat products, and cattle, visit https://wilders.com.  

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About Wilders 

Wilders is a locally owned and operated farm and e-commerce market in Sampson County, N.C. We source the best quality for your family so you never have to worry about what’s in the food you eat. Our products are locally grown, ethically sourced, and sustainability produced, never sacrificing quality for convenience. The hard working men and women of Wilders brands take pride in doing business the WILD way: with a will to win, we intentionally adapt while living compassionately with disciplined execution. To learn more, visit https://wilders.com.  

Caleb Berumez: February 2022 Wild Factor Award Winner

Caleb Berumez: February 2022 Wild Factor Award Winner

This self-starter is the man who everyone wants on their team! No matter the task, he will knock it out of the park. Our teams can rely on this person to maintain a high level of operational excellence, while still remaining efficient and fact-paced. 

With our new venture, Wilders, Caleb has stepped up to the plate and has shown great versatility and flexibility. There are so many new strategies he pitched to improve Wilders’ inventory systems. 

He never lacks the desire and discipline to help out all of our teams achieve success. He is always there to help! 

Thank you for everything that you have done, Caleb Berumez! Congratulations! 

Will Hardison: February 2022 Wild Thing Award Winner

Will Hardison: February 2022 Wild Thing Award Winner

A “Will to win” means being a self-starter with unwavering drive who competes to achieve success.

In 2022 Will was WILD for this Win! His hard work helped develop relationships with employees while gaining valuable knowledge for various processes. He truly is a jack of all trades for the RiverWild family of brands. 

He embraces his flexible role and pushes our sales and marketing efforts forward. He even launched his own podcast, The WILD Life, which has been well-received by our team. 

Congratulations, Will Hardison!

Time to Celebrate: 2021 Promotions

Time to Celebrate: 2021 Promotions

Wrapping up 2021, RiverWild would like to thank all of our hard-working employees. We would like to recognize those who have executed many jobs, going above and beyond. 

Promotions are all about earning your stripes, literally and figuratively. When you see someone with those additional stripes on their hard hat, it’s a representation of the responsibility, accountability, and servant-hearted execution they have displayed. Moving from one team to another requires not just hitting these benchmarks, but performing consistently while exemplifying all 16 of our core values.

To provide further encouragement and employee appreciation, the following list includes individuals who received a well-deserved promotion. Congratulations!

Building Team to Coordination Team 

  • Charles Doak
  • Tucker Hobbs
  • Carter Hobbs
  • Charles Humphries
  • Marcos Orozco

Coordination Team to Senior Coordination Team

  • Matt Bunn
  • Nick Kerley
  • Matt Kerley
  • Jonathan Ruffin
  • Jose Perez
  • Susan Bercaw
  • Aly Burr
  • Connor Fagan

Senior Coordination Team to Management Team

  • Megan Tipton
  • Brittany Radziszewski
  • Danielle Lantz
  • Fayre Mason
  • Christine Woodall
  • Ken Price
Kurt Cusac: January 2022 Wild Factor Award Winner

Kurt Cusac: January 2022 Wild Factor Award Winner

Kurt has held a multitude of positions since he began his career with Providence Construction. Everyday he embraces change in the workplace and uses it to his advantage. 

His unwavering drive never fails even when he doesn’t succeed the first time. New opportunities came to the table when he passed his CDL test in January. Since then, he has been a crucial member of the fleet team.

Congratulations, Kurt Cusac on your WILD win!