Franz De Klotz began his professional career in the produce business following his academic education at University of California, Davis, and California State University, Fresno, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Plant Science/Viticulture. He was part of the team at Sun World International in the early eighties that pioneered and launched the widely successful proprietary Le Rouge Royale Sweet Red Peppers, Sun World Seedless Watermelon and Superior Seedless Table Grapes. De Klotz also spent time creating the produce procurement department for Sysco Corporation in Southern California and provided leadership as the President of Los Angeles wholesaler Sam Perricone Citrus Company in the late 1990’s. For over twenty years, De Klotz was Vice President of Marketing for Richard Bagdasarian Incorporated, selling early citrus, table grapes and vegetables in Southern California.
Currently, he is on the sales team at Peter Rabbit Farms, a fourth-generation family-owned Coachella Valley company dedicated to growing the finest seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables and providing industry-leading service to their customers.
De Klotz has shown versatility in governance by serving as Vice President of the Board of the Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD). During his tenure with CVWD, he served as the representative for the Coachella Valley Association of Governments. He was also appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to serve as a member of the Colorado River Board of California, whose members selected him to serve as Vice Chairman. He was recently appointed by the Riverside County Board of Supervisors to serve as a Trustee for the Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District where he assists the community as President of the Board.
De Klotz also maintains close ties to the San Joaquin Valley where he was raised and where he farms pistachios and almonds with his brother in Madera County.
He and his wife Judy live with their three sons and a daughter in Rancho Mirage, California.
De Klotz was elected to serve on the board in 2019.