Joseph Rodriguez (Sonny)
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 degree in business administration. Since he was 14 years old, he spent his summers in the fields.

The firm is now based in Yuma, Arizona with offices in California and Colorado, harvesting lettuce, mix lettuce, cauliflower, broccoli and many other commodities.

Sonny is a graduate of Project CENTRL Arizona Leadership Program’s Class XII and served on the Agricultural Employment Relations Board from 1995 to 2005. Sonny was active in the Yuma Vegetable Shippers Association for 15 years.

He is also one of the founders of Yuma Catholic High School. He served on the Diocese of Tucson Charity and Ministry Board for six years, was chairman of the St. Francis Parish Board for three years and Hospice of Yuma Board for two years of his six-year term.

Sonny was elected to the board in 1998.