Western Growers Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Victor Smith

Chairman
JVSmith Companies, President and CEO

Lawrence W. Cox

Senior Vice Chairman
Lawrence Cox Ranches, Owner

Samuel D. Duda

Vice Chairman
Duda Farm Fresh Foods, Inc., Vice President

Carol Chandler

Treasurer
Chandler Farms, L.P., Partner

Garland S. Reiter

Secretary
Reiter Affiliated Companies, Chief Executive Officer

Tom Nassif

Western Growers, CEO and President
Orange County Produce, LLC, Owner/Partner
A.G. was Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture from 2003-2010. He is a third generation fruit and vegetable grower and shipper from Orange County. A.G. is co-chair for the Solutions From the Land Dialogue, a project that is developing a sustainable roadmap for 21st century...
Bengard Ranch, President
Bardin Bengard’s father, Tom, founded Tom Bengard Ranch in 1961 as a grower-shipper operation. Bardin began his career directing the family’s orchard operations in Redding and managing the bulk lettuce harvesting operation. Bardin earned his bachelor’s degree from the University...
Cove Ranch Management, President
Phil Bertelsen founded Cove Ranch Management in 1977 and his son, Brian, acquired it in 1997. The company has expanded its operations to include citrus, almonds, pistachios, plums, pluots and grapes. Additionally, Brian formed Primavera Ag Services in 1988, which provides farm labor services to...
Taylor Farms California, CEO
Bruce Taylor is a third generation produce grower/marketer in the Salinas Valley. After attending the University of California at Berkeley and Harvard Business School, he joined the family business and led the development of Fresh Express. In 1995, Bruce and several partners founded Taylor Farms,...
Tri-Fanucchi Farms, Partner
Joe G. Fanucchi started farming in the Kern County area in 1915 and by the 1960s his sons, Charlie, Joe and Frank joined him. The three brothers began to expand the business and in 1977 they founded Tri-Fanucchi Farms, Inc. They diversified their crop base by adding potatoes, carrots, onions,...
Bonipak Produce, Partner
Craig Reade has long been involved in production agriculture through the family farm. Founded in 1932, Bonita Packing Company, d/b/a Bonipak Produce has grown, packed and shipped fresh vegetables for three generations. The company’s major crops include broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, celery,...
Sun World International, LLC, CEO
Sun World International was established in 1976 as a packer and marketer of fresh fruits and vegetables. The company is a leading producer and marketer of a wide range of commodities such as tree fruit, peppers, strawberries, grapes and citrus. Sun World is recognized internationally as the premier...
Rio Farms, Partner
David Gill is a third generation California grower. At age six, he began helping his father and grandfather install pipe on the farm. David worked on his father’s ranch while he was a student and started his first farm, David Gill Ranch, after graduating from California Polytechnic State...
The DiMare Company, Director, Government & Regulatory Affairs
The history of the DiMare companies began with a pushcart filled with produce on the streets of Boston more than 80 years ago. Three brothers, Dominic, Joseph and Anthony DiMare set out to create a business, and through their hard work and shared vision, they quickly outgrew the pushcart and opened...
D.M. Camp & Sons, President
In 1936, Edwin’s grandfather, W.B. Camp, founded the farming operation in Kern County and was later joined by his son, Don. The company farmed cotton and row crops, operated a seed potato farm in Washington and a cattle operation in South Carolina. Today, table and wine grapes, carrots,...
Ramsay Highlander, Inc., President and CEO
Frank Maconachy is the president and CEO of Ramsay Highlander, the world's largest manufacturer of self-propelled harvesting equipment. Founded in 1969, Ramsay Highlander has become the premier manufacturer of custom engineered harvesting machinery for the produce industry. The company custom...
LoBue Bros., Inc., Chairman of the Board
Fred LoBue grew up in the family citrus business, which was started by his grandfather, Philip LoBue in 1934. After graduating from San Jose State University with a bachelor’s degree in industrial management, he started as a manager in the packinghouse. In 1996, Fred was named president. The...
Pasquinelli Produce Company, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Owner
Gary Pasquinelli joined the family business, which was founded by his father in 1950, after graduating cum laude from the University of Notre Dame and attended law school. Before starting the business, Pete Pasquinelli was a custom packer and seller for McLaren Produce in Yuma, Arizona. Pasquinelli...
Boskovich Farms, Inc., Chief Technology Officer
In 1915 Stephen Boskovich, a Croatian immigrant, began farming in North Hollywood, California. After World War II his three sons, Philip, George and John continued and expanded his operation, forming Boskovich Brothers Produce growers. The brothers moved to the Santa Clarita area and farmed green...
Innovative Produce, Owner
George Adam is a fifth-generation produce grower in the Santa Maria Valley. After graduating from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo with a bachelor of science degree in farm management, George worked for Adam Farms from 1983 to 1994 as harvest supervisor. From 1994 to 2008...
HMC Farms, President
Harold McClarty is the president of HMC Farms, which was founded in 1987. HMC Farms has two locations: Kingsburg, California and Santiago, Chile. The company farms, markets and packs peaches, plums, nectarines and grapes in central California and Chile. He is a graduate of the University of...
Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc., President
Founded in Hawaii in 1851, Dole Food Company, Inc., is the world’s largest producer and marketer of high-quality fresh fruit and fresh vegetables. Dole markets a growing line of packaged and frozen foods, and is a produce industry leader in nutrition education and research. The company does...
Vessey and Company, Inc., President
Jack Vessey grew up in the produce business and is a 4th generation farmer. The family operation was founded in 1923 in Hollister, California. Through the years, the company expanded into other areas and later moved its headquarters to Holtville in the Imperial Valley. The company is a grower,...
D’Arrigo Bros. Co. of California, President
D’Arrigo Bros. Co. of California was founded more than 80 years ago, when the family emigrated from Italy. They soon began wholesaling product in Boston, expanding to California to help supply the East Coast operation. The wholesaler and grower-shipper divisions have remained in family...
Harris Farms, Inc., Chairman/CEO
John Harris is chairman and CEO of Harris Farms, Inc. which was founded in 1937. As a diversified company, Harris Farms’ commodities include almonds, lettuce, onions, garlic, processing tomatoes, wine grapes and citrus. Harris Farms also features a beef packing operation and is involved in...
California Giant, Inc., Vice President
California Giant, Inc. is a family-owned operation designed to control every aspect of berry production to ensure customers and consumers receive a year-round supply of superior quality strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries. Based in Watsonville, California, the company places...
Frank Capurro and Son, Member Manager
Frank Capurro founded Frank Capurro and Son/Capurro Marketing in 1924. This third-generation company is a grower, shipper, importer and marketer of mixed vegetables, lettuces, greens and summer vegetables. The family-owned company also has operations in Coachella, California and three locations in...
Paramount Farming Company, President
Joe MacIlvaine has been president of Paramount Farming Company since 1986. He is responsible for general management of operations, including overseeing 120,000 acres of agricultural properties. The company is the leading grower in the country for almonds, pistachios and pomegranates. Prior to...
Uesugi Farms, Inc., President
Uesugi Farms began as a 15-acre operation in Morgan Hill by George Uesugi who was farming Napa cabbage and strawberries. In 1979, Joseph Aiello and his partner, Dennis Humphreys, purchased the company. Chili peppers were added to the company’s list of commodities and Uesugi Farms began to...
The Growers Company, Inc., President/CEO
Sonny is currently president and CEO of the Growers Company, Inc. Joe L. Rodriguez founded the company in 1950 to provide labor services to farmers in the Glendale, Arizona area. Sonny officially joined the company in 1975 after graduating from Arizona State University with a bachelor’s...
Grimmway Enterprises, Inc., General Manager-Farming Division
Kevin Pascoe was raised on his family’s farm in Bakersfield where he worked with his father and brothers in cotton and hay production. He attended California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo where he received his bachelor of science degree in agricultural business management....
Jakov P. Dulcich & Sons, Chief Operating Officer
Kevin Andrew is chief operation officer for Jakov P. Dulcich & Sons, a California-based grower-shipper of premium table grapes. In his position he will be a liaison between the operations and sales departments for the company. He began his career with Superior Farming Company in 1984 as an area...
Prime Time International, Managing Member/Production
Mark Nickerson began his company in 1992 with his partners, Carl Sam Maggio and Charles Hodges. The operation began as a farming and real estate investment company based in the Coachella Valley. The company grows, packs and ships colored sweet peppers, which they source year-round. Their other...
Tanimura & Antle, Executive Vice President/COO
Tanimura & Antle is an industry leader whose commitment to premium quality produce has remained strong since its beginning in 1982. The Tanimura & Antle families combined their collective years of experience and knowledge to establish a produce company unrivaled in its quality products,...
Mann Packing Company, CEO
Mike Jarrard hails from a family farming background in Bakersfield, California. He graduated from the University of California at Davis with a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture and managerial economics. After college Mike took a position in the Salinas Valley with Dole Fresh Vegetables. His...
Barkley Ag Enterprises, LLLP, President and CEO
Robby Barkley is a third generation farmer in the Yuma area. His family began farming in the 1910s. The current company was established in 1963 and today grows lettuce, broccoli, melons, cotton and wheat. In the last 20 years, Barkley has expanded his agricultural interests to include seed, wheat...
Ratto Bros., Inc., President
Ratto Bros. is a family owned business that was founded in 1905 by Ron’s grandfather, Antone L. Ratto. His five sons followed in his footsteps, and four grandsons are currently operating the company. Ron is a fifth-generation California farmer. The company farms about 1,000 acres in Modesto,...
Talley Farms, Partner
Oliver and Hazel Talley founded Talley Farms in the early 1950’s and the farm was passed down to their sons, Don and Ken. It is now farmed by the family’s third generation, spearheaded by Ryan Talley. Talley Farms is a grower, packer and shipper of fresh produce. Its commodities include...
Mission Produce, President and CEO
Founded in 1983, Mission Produce began as a regional avocado packer. Today, the company sells its product throughout the world. The company, which deals in fresh and frozen avocados and has several packing, processing and distribution facilities throughout the United States, including Oxnard,...
Danna Farms, Inc., President
Steve Danna grew up on the family farm in San Jose, and has worked in all aspects of the business from production to sales. The family’s ties to the produce industry date back to the beginning of the 20th century when Steve’s great-grandfather settled in the Santa Clara Valley. The...
Westside Produce, President and Chief Operating Officer
Steve Patricio entered the produce industry after graduating from the University of Santa Clara with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. He was California-certified as a C.P.A. in 1976 and until 1992 served as the chief financial officer of Tri Produce in the San Joaquin Valley. He later began...
Woolf Farming & Processing, President/CEO
Stuart Patrick Woolf is president and CEO of Woolf Farming & Processing, a family-owned operation whose primary business is the production and processing of agricultural commodities. The company was named the 2004 Agribusiness of the Year in Fresno County, and the Family Business of the Year by...
Exeter-Ivanhoe Citrus Association, Manager
Terry is a third generation farmer and a second generation packinghouse manager. He started his career in 1972, and after various jobs in the produce industry he became the youngest packinghouse manager in the Sunkist system in 1979 with San Joaquin Citrus Company. After 17 years there, he became...
Deardorff Family Farms, President
Tom Deardorff continues a family tradition of service started by his great grandfather. He is the fourth generation Deardorff to serve on the Western Growers board, with a family member serving continuously for over 50 years. Deardorff Family Farms began as a packer-shipper in Los Angeles and then...
Rousseau Farming Company, Partner
Will Rousseau is a fourth generation Salt River Valley farmer who raises carrots, broccoli, cabbage, mixed vegetables, onions, cantaloupes, and watermelons. The company, founded in 1980, grows, packs and cools produce in Scottsdale and Tolleson. Will graduated from the University of Arizona with a...