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.

Perry Eastin

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.

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

Staff Accountant

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.

Jacob White

Staff Accountant

I am Bakersfield born and raised, graduated from CSUB in 2014 I love playing music and spending time with family & friends. I am a staff accountant and like working with the team here, everyone is very friendly and supportive.

Susan Gardner

Payroll/HR Tech

I have over 20 years’ experience working in payroll and human resources. I enjoy watching movies, crafting, and playing with my grandsons.

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.

Omar Martinez

Harvest Manager

I’ve been with Donald Valpredo Farms for over 25 years. I’ve done it all in my day and love dealing with people.

Carmen Gonzalez

Accounts Payable

 

Liz Flores

Executive Assistant

I been with Company for a little over one year and I love it! My role here is the Executive Assistant and I may say that I love what I do and the people I work with. Every day I learn something new and have the pleasure of meeting someone or talking to someone new on the phone, so that alone is well worth it.