Farm Resource Manager
I’ve been with the company over 20 years. I started as a teenager and climbed the ladder to the position I have today.
I’ve been with Donald Valpredo Farms for over 25 years. I’ve done it all in my day and love dealing with people.
I joined the team in 2008. I came from a cotton farming background—so I really enjoy the challenges of this diverse vegetable farm.
Ajit “AJ” Sidhu
My career with Donald Valpredo Farms began in 2011 as the sole analyst on the accounting team. The industry knowledge acquired in this unique position along with my education and prior experience has facilitated me in my current position as the Accounting Manager.
Chief Financial Officer
I am a military veteran with over twenty five years of project and financial management in food production, manufacturing, and the public sector, bringing with me master’s degrees in both business administration and accounting. I have been with our business for nearly two years, with an eye on improving profitability through the development of a superior product and customer mix.
Food & Safety Manager
I have worked in the produce and food processing industries since I was 19 years old. I have over 30 years in Food Safety, Quality Assurance, Employee Safety and Environmental Management. In my role with the company I use all I have learned to help produce safe foods and safe employees. I come from a background of integrity, respect, gratitude and passion and apply all of those in what I do each day. It is truly a pleasure to work with such a talented team here.
Grower/ Val-Mar Farms
I have been with the Valpredo family since 1978 working with John Valpredo.
Then moving on with Donald Valpredo, Catalino Martinez and present with Michael Valpredo. I absolutely love what I do from planting through growing to harvest, my job is very rewarding. We have grown from a small family farm to a totally integrated grower packer shipper. The future could not be any brighter for the Val-Mar group. The sky’s the limit.
Don was born in Glendale, CA but moved to this very place at the age of 5—and has worked here or been involved ever since! He attended UC Davis where he studied and graduated with degree in Agronomy. He is a past Board member or Chairman for the Kern County Farm Bureau, Western Growers Association, the California Sate Board of Food & Ag, Rancheros Visitadores, the CHRB, the CTBA, a Member of the prestigious Jockey Club and a former director of AEWSD. He and his wife Sally most enjoy their seven grandchildren, to whom they are affectionately known as “Papa Don” and “Sassy”.
Member Manager/ President CSP
The best part of this company is our tremendous team. Many of the people have worked here their entire career—especially members of our amazing farm operation. I am proud to be here leading this fine group and hope you get to know them!
Marie Ellen Briones
I have worked for the company since August 2013. It has been an enjoyment to work for a family farm and learn about the Ag industry.