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 career progressed as he worked in various analytical positions including operations, financial accounting, and sales. Five years later he moved to Mann Packing Company and held several positions within the areas of information systems, cost accounting, quality assurance, food safety, new product development, product line management and general management before taking the helm as president and chief operating officer.
Mann Packing is a shipper of both field-packed commodity items and fresh-cut value-added vegetable items. Commodities include broccoli, cauliflower, leaf lettuce, iceberg, broccolini, snap peas and fresh-cut vegetable blends.
During the past 17 years, Mike has served on numerous community and industry affiliated boards. Mike was elected to the board in 2007, and served as chairman in 2012.