Our team is the key factor in our success. We employ a select group of experienced professionals and dedicated hourly workers. We employ as many American workers as we can find to work in our remote locations. Many of our hourly workers are economic and social refugees from third world countries in Latin America. They are fleeing high crime rates and very low wages in their own countries. They are employed under the H2A program administered by the U.S. Customs and Immigration Service.
We are proud to offer all these workers free room and board in a clean, hospitable work environment. Our facilities are located in remote areas to minimize the possibility of cross contamination and to maximize the acreage available for organic farming. We have work camps featuring private rooms, recreational opportunities, and a clean, safe environment.
Our field workforce is well compensated for their efforts. In our remote locations, we provide over $2.50 per hour in free room and an $11 minimum wage, an effective wage of over $13.50 per hour. Our minimum wage for other workers is $13 per hour, over $27,000 per year.
Our management team is comprised of:
Dennis Brewer, Chief Executive Officer, brings extensive Board-level experience in natural and organic foods, together with extensive operations, business process, supply chain, logistics, technology, and sales experience. Brewer has more than 30 years of business experience, both as a Chief Operating Officer founding and growing companies, and as a consultant to companies with sales in the tens of billions. He has helped dozens of businesses improve their supply chain operations. He was instrumental in the turnaround of a $2.8 billion distribution company. He is past Chair of the Board of Puget Consumers Coop, a $229 million organic and natural retail food grocery chain based in Seattle, Washington, and a founding Director of NutraSource. NutraSource was a rapidly growing $45 million wholesaler of organic and natural food in Seattle, Washington, with customers throughout the Pacific Northwest and Alaska until it was acquired by a competitor. Brewer was also a Chair and Director of AeA, a high technology trade association. Brewer began his career as a consultant at Deloitte Haskins & Sells. He holds an MBA and BA in Business Administration, and was a CPA from 1980 - 1987.
Paul Smith, Chief Financial Officer, is an accomplished Senior Business Executive having broad general, operational & financial management experience with consistent success in consumer and business product companies. He has an excellent track record as CFO and President in building business value in high growth companies. As a successful Interim President, he lead the turnaround of a $400 million global business and directly managed the largest $200 million division turnaround. He is recognized for building strong financial/operating organizations, implementing proactive business reporting/forecasting, SEC reporting, and financial controls relating to corporate governance, as well as reengineering/streamlining business systems using new IT technology. Smith is highly successful in presenting businesses and raising equity/debt capital, and has been the CFO to EnerPath as well as the Charter Baking Company, Nancy’s Specialty Foods and Sensient Technologies Corporation. Smith has an MBA from Santa Clara University, BA of Science & Economics from University of Oregon, and a CPA from the State of Oregon.
Rafael Gomez, Vice President of Food Safety/QA and Organic Integrity, worked as a Food Safety/ QA Senior Manager for Morada Produce Co. Morada Farming LLC. He was the program developer and implementer for many different commodities and took care of 3rd party auditing, working closely with many large retailers as well as foreign countries. Gomez has also worked as a Director of Food and Safety and Quality Assurance, developing a strong food safety team knowledgeable to oversee all aspects of a Food Safety and QA Program. He implemented a GFSI food safety level program and formed as well as managed a robust EMP program with trending data, and helped design an in-house laboratory to run onsite testing (APC). For five years, Gomez ran his own food safety consulting firm helping clients in the development and implementation of their Food Safety/QA programs, certifications and compliance with the State and Federal regulations and-or buyer requirements. He has worked with over 20 different commodities from root vegetables to tree fruits, citrus and tree nuts.. Gomez has degrees in architectural design and construction management engineering, as well as an extensive amount of certifications and licenses including HACCP, GFSI, Global GAP Option I and II, Organic, Quality Assurance, Fields Food Safety (GAP), MRL Chemicals, Microbiology Lab Certified, and more.
Bruce Blitch, Chief Information Officer, began his professional life working for Fluor Corporation one of the world's largest Engineering & Construction companies. Mr. Blitch worked in senior accounting positions at Fluor’s Saudi Arabian headquarters, and the Japanese field office of a global construction project. Mr. Blitch went on to become Project Group Leader for Finance Systems in Fluor’s HQ. Mr. Blitch served as CFO, EVP for Systems & Finance for The Spring Mountain Group, a financial services company with 30+ branches comprised of a federally chartered Savings & Loan and California’s largest real estate closing company. He then became the inaugural CIO for Tessenderlo Kerley Inc. (TKI), an international $500 million business and the world leader in specialty liquid fertilizers. While there he served on the Board of Directors for two agriculture industry ecommerce projects involving 31 companies in the Crop Nutrition and Crop Protection segments. He was a founding member of AgGateway, and served as Chairman and its first President. AgGateway is an industry supported organization of 225+ Global and North American companies serving agriculture, and collaborating on the implementation of e-commerce. Mr. Blitch became Global CIO for TKI’s Belgian parent, Tessenderlo Group, a $2.8 billion worldwide company providing solutions in natural resources, agriculture, food and water management. Mr. Blitch has spoken on ecommerce in agriculture at several international agricultural industry conferences. He has also been widely quoted in the IT industry press, and has presented at major software industry and user group conferences on ERP implementations.
Jason Waseman, Director of Logistics, brings over 20 years of logistics experience working for prominent corporations such as Penske Logistics and UPS before changing directions from dry goods to fresh produce. At this juncture in his career he worked for Best in Category companies including Eurofresh Farms as Director of Distribution and Logistics, and Monrovia Nursery Company as Director of Logistics and Procurement. Eurofresh Farms, a $240 million greenhouse produce grower/shipper was at that time the largest greenhouse operation in America, shipping over 600 million pounds annually on 320 acres under glass. While there he was instrumental in guiding the supply chain during a period of aggressive growth from 40 acres to over 300 acres. He also was pivotal in the implementation of two ERP systems, TMS and SQF, increasing shelf life and cross border packaging programs. Waseman has managed departmental budgets in excess of 30 million dollars. He has many years of experience in all modes of transportation including ocean freight, rail, air transport, and truckload and LTL services. Waseman has a diverse background in all areas of supply chain including procurement, distribution, and S&OP. He also has extensive experience in project management and team building, having been involved with many challenging commodities in rural areas lacking a labor force. Waseman has a degree in Finance and is a certified transportation broker.
Mark Vindiola, Director of Human Resources brings over 20 years experience in human resources, risk management, strategic planning and organizational development. Vindiola has extensive knowledge in all areas of human resources and employee safety. He became the first HR Director for Grower Express, a large 40,000 acre grower / shipper of organic and conventional vegetables in Salinas, CA where he built the human resource department from the bottom up. He developed and implemented policies and procedures, and developed and trained all management to achieve company goals and objectives. Mark reduced the company’s experience modification from 1.27 to .73 by implementing a company-wide safety program, which significantly reduced workers compensation premium costs. Mark has developed and implemented HR strategic planning for six companies including the development of mission statements, clarification of objectives, coordination of planning teams, and achieving acceptance and implementation of plans. He has directed the design and installation of five user-friendly human resource information systems used in many large companies. Mark has also been the HR Director of Bornt Family Farms in Holtville, CA, Food Service Insurance Managers in Roseville, CA, and other businesses. Mark has a BA degree in Business Administration from San Diego State University.
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