Your Blue Diamond Growers Member Relations Department is a diverse group of individuals with backgrounds deeply rooted in California’s agricultural community. They share a passion for farming that often began on their grandfather’s or father’s farms. Engaging with our Grower Owners to help improve their crop production, provide technical advice or consult on variety selection are just a few of the things that motivate them each day to help ensure that our crops earn the highest possible returns. Built on a foundation of integrity, honesty and trust, our Regional Managers are the liaison between our growers and Blue Diamond’s® management, providing insight into the cooperatives operations and conveying questions and information.
Contact the Regional Manager in your area for information on the benefits of marketing your crop through Blue Diamond Growers.
Director, Member Relations
“Growers appreciate my diverse farming background—I have a wide range of experience working with different crops in different areas and a pretty technical background as well, so I can look at the crop and analyze the factors that can affect a grower’s crop and profitability. The Blue Diamond Field Staff sees quite a bit and crosses a lot of country. We have the network and the knowledge to be able to look at a problem and solve it as quickly as possible.”
Western Glenn, Colusa, Yolo, Solano, Yuba and Sutter Counties
“Growing up a “Cannery Brat” surrounded by the bountiful crops grown in the Sacramento Valley, I understand the hard work and dedication it takes in the process from farm to table. As a member of the Blue Diamond Team, I get the opportunity to help in the business of families growing what they love on the land they cherish. It is worthwhile knowing that people all around the world enjoy eating Blue Diamond Almonds and almond products, allowing our growers the many benefits of the cooperative.”
“My passion for the almond industry began as a child growing up on a small almond farm in Hickman, and that passion brought me to Blue Diamond. Our commitment to quality and living up to our values is what makes our co-operative the best place to work. It gives me a great sense of accomplishment to be working with our growers year-round to produce the best almonds in the world.”
San Joaquin County West of Jack Tone Rd., Stanislaus County, North of the Tuolumne River
“I like engaging with a wide variety of people who are all working toward one common goal. And it’s interesting to learn their background—whether they’re a multigenerational grower or a new member. Growers have a lot of options when it comes to marketing their crops. I’m passionate about Blue Diamond’s influence on global almond consumption and, with our superior returns, we offer plenty of outstanding benefits to growers.”
North Fresno and Southern Madera Counties
“I basically do three things: I provide advice on how to improve crop quality and get the best out of the premiums we offer. I have an extensive background in the science of production agriculture combined with an MBA in business management and marketing. And I’ve learned how to communicate effectively with our growers. All three aspects—growing the crops, getting the most money for crops, and communicating with the growers—help me bring value to this job.”
Southern Fresno and Kings County
“I have been in agriculture my whole life and enjoy building long-term relationships and learning something new every day. The resources we have here in the San Joaquin Valley for growing food are endless, and by working together, we can accomplish anything”.
Tehama, Butte and Glenn
“I love working hand-in-hand with our growers from start to finish—from bloom through harvest. Working to get the crop in—that’s what I enjoy most. One of my strengths is that my family has been a Blue Diamond member since 1955. I’ve been in and around this business my whole life—the grower side and the company side. I can be a bridge from the growers to the business and assist them at all stages of the process.”
Stanislaus, East of Highway 99, South of the Tuolumne River and Merced, North of the Merced River
“I grew up in Hughson on an almond, peach, and walnut farm and still help out when possible. My passion for agriculture runs deep. The best part of my job is interacting with growers and assisting them with any issues they may have. I am always a phone call away.”
Northern Madera and Southern Merced Counties
“Honesty. Trust. Communication. This work is all about building relationships with the growers. We develop both working relationships and personal friendships—you get to know each grower very well. I grew up in agriculture, have my PCA license, and have been working with trees for over 25 years. The almond industry can be very competitive. But, Blue Diamond has a proven track record of delivering top returns.”
Eastern San Joaquin, Stanislaus, West of Highway 99, South of the Tuolumne River and Merced, North of the Merced River
“In 1982, I planted my first almond tree, and our family has been part of Blue Diamond ever since. I love the fact that, although I’ve been involved forever, I’m learning something new every day. I see the passion and desire our growers have to be the stewards of their land, producing the highest possible quality and volume of almonds. It’s important to observe what the best growers are doing well, identify challenges, and take this knowledge to other growers.”
Kern and Southern Tulare Counties
“I have a strong farming background, so I understand the hard work our growers put into their orchards and it’s gratifying to help them with agricultural issues and problems in the field. Farmers are solid people, rooted in the land. Because of my relationships with them, I enjoy coming to work every single day.”