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Tony Hayes


Tony’s career began in 1973 as a purchasing agent for a regional firm traveling the back roads and byways of the Appalachians, buying a wide variety of Non Timber Forrest Products (NTFP’s). In 1982 he accepted a position with an international firm allowing him to travel worldwide and further develop his skills. In 2000, Tony and his wife, Sandy, chartered Ridge Runner Trading Company. Over the past 40 years, he has been privileged to present at numerous conferences, seminars, workshops, as well as support and serve many industry groups including the American Botanical Council, American Herbal Products Association, Herb Research Foundation and North Carolina Natural Products Association.


Casey Vincent

Director of Quality Control

Casey is the daughter of Tony Hayes and attended both Appalachian State University and Catawba Valley Community College with a background in exercise and dental sciences. In 2003 she began working at Ridge Runner Trading Company Inc. doing receiving, grading, cleaning, and preparing of inventory for shipment. She now oversees the organics department of Ridge Runner Trading and works directly with growers, diggers, and RRT warehouse staff on quality control. She is RRT’s marketing coordinator and also assists with quoting and filling orders for customers. She enjoys meeting with new and existing customers,  inspecting their facilities and discovering how RRT can meet their needs.


Sandy Hayes

Chief Financial Officer 


Joseph Watson

Warehouse General  Manager


Shane Phillips 

Warehouse Assistant Manager 


Noah Watson

Warehouse Shipping and Receiving Associate