My journey with Western Growers started back on March 6, 1978, and at that time, I could not have imagined how this opportunity would shape my life. My time at Western Growers has significantly impacted how I view the world of fresh fruits and vegetables—and not just as it relates to Good Arrival Tolerances and filing PACA complaints on behalf of WG members! I have been privileged every day that I have had the opportunity to work for Western Growers members and I am impressed with our members’ ability to deliver fresh produce to consumers on a daily basis.
In my line of work, the phone calls I receive on a daily basis from our WG members are to help determine if their product met contract specifications at destination, and if not, why. Through these interactions, our members have educated me in the area of production agriculture as much as I have assisted them with the appropriate action to take when dealing with a distressed load of produce. Through all these interactions with our WG members, I have built many wonderful, long-lasting friendships.
I would like to personally thank all of you who were willing to share your expertise and experience on projects I was advancing on behalf of the Western Growers membership.
On February 1st of this year I start a new chapter called Retirement. I want to assure you that we have a team of industry veterans on staff who will be taking on my duties here at Western Growers. The department will maintain its focus on dispute resolutions for produce sales, as well as consultation, and Western Growers dedicated work and service to you will continue. The bi-monthly “Straight from Tommy O Blog” will be renamed “Produce Insights”, and will continue with tips on selling and shipping fresh produce.
It has been a true pleasure serving you, our members, and I am so thankful for having had the opportunity to build a career and lifelong friendships in such an amazing industry. Thanks for the Memories!