Tom Oliveri is a graduate of Cal Poly Pomona where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Biology. Tom Oliveri has been with the Trade Practices & Commodity Services Department (formerly known as Marketing Services) of Western Growers for the past 35 years. Mr. Oliveri assists members of Western Growers in collections on both slow pay and disputed produce sales contracts. As a direct result of Mr. Oliveri’s assistance more than $2,000,000 a year is recovered for Western Growers’ members.
In addition, Mr. Oliveri is always involved with current industry issues and crises, as well as representing the interests of Western Growers’ members in regards to packaging requirements and standardization regulations. Mr. Oliveri is also a member of the Market Enforcement Branch, California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Advisory Committee (Chairman).
Other duties Mr. Oliveri has with Western Growers are to assist members in areas such as PACA Trust Actions, review and prepare product guarantee statements, reviewing contracts and answering questions concerning arrival problems on produce at contract destination. Mr. Oliveri works closely through regulatory agencies to disputed contracts. Mr. Oliveri has an outstanding working relationship with agency personnel and has thorough knowledge of the regulations governing the PACA Branch of the United States Department of Agriculture, the California Department of Food and Agriculture, the Arizona Department of Agriculture and the Fruit and Vegetable Dispute Resolution Corporation (DRC). He is able to assist members in getting disputed matters resolved. In this endeavor he works closely with sales manager and salesman of produce firms of all sizes, as well as their accounting personnel, credit managers and controllers in dealing with problems before they escalate.
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