La Val Mar Management

Meet the Team

The team at Valpredo Farms has always been a constant source of tremendous pride. These are the people who make it happen in the fields and the offices of our operations. They are each talented at what they do—and we encourage them to be involved and make a difference in their respective roles.

Don Valpredo
“The Boss”

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”.

Michael Valpredo

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!

Enrique Martinez

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.

Catalino “Tito” Martinez

Chief Operations Officer

I have been part of this family farm for most of my life. As a teenager I started in the field weeding, laying pipe and irrigating during summers. After being gone for a few years and 25 years later of being back into the family operation. I was given great opportunity to grow and now I am the Chief Operations Officer and Partner of a vertically integrated farming company in both conventional and organic crops. We have a great team of individuals that will continue to make our company grow into the future.

Tony Sotero

Controller

I am a graduate of Cal State Northridge, with a degree in accounting. I came to Bakersfield in 2008 and found Bakersfield to be a great place to live. I have prior public accounting experience working for two accounting firms in Bakersfield and 7 years, of experience, in farming. I am very excited about the future here at Val Mar Management, LLC.

Erik Eklund

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.

Paulina De Los Santos

Financial Analyst – Accounting Supervisor

My time with Donald Valpredo Farming started in 2011, as the Executive Assistant. I was promoted and currently I am part of the Accounting team where I assist in many areas of our operations.

Miguel Guiterrez

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.

Angela Lopez

Accounts Payable

I am from Santa Maria, CA, born and raised, but I have lived in Bakersfield for 18 yrs now. I am currently working on my B.A. degree for business. I’ve only been with Valpredo Farms for a short time but look forward to a long work relationship. Everyone is very friendly and helpful, and I have received much welcome from management.

Angelica “Angie” Hernandez

Executive Assistant

I have lived most of my life in Bakersfield, CA. I am a proud wrestling mom of two boys. I also love spending time with my family and friends. My time with Val-Mar Management started September 2017, as the Executive Assistant. I am fortunate to be working with an amazing group of people.

Luz Pelayo

Payroll/HR Tech

A few years ago I was asked if I love my job, the answer was no. He responded, “if I wasn’t satisfied with my job to continue my education and choose a career.” I took his advice and I can proudly say that I have a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a career I love. I am very excited to continue my career in Payroll with the Valpredo Family – my coworkers are awesome! Plus, they love my homemade tortillas.