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Calavo Growers Inc (CVGW.O)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Lecil Cole

76 2015 Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer

Kenneth Catchot

52 2015 President, Chief Operating Officer

B. John Lindeman

45 2015 Chief Financial Officer

Michael Browne

57 2005 Vice President - Fresh Operations

Robert Wedin

66 1993 Vice President - Sales and Fresh Marketing

Alan Ahmer

67 2003 Vice President - Processed Product Sales and Production

George Barnes

83 2004 Independent Director

Marc Brown

64 2010 Independent Director

Egidio Carbone

75 2005 Independent Director

Michael DiGregorio

61 2013 Independent Director

Harold Edwards

50 2006 Independent Director

James Helin

73 2011 Independent Director

Steven Hollister

58 2008 Independent Director

John Hunt

59 1993 Independent Director

J. Link Leavens

64 1987 Independent Director

Donald Sanders

68 2002 Independent Director

Dorcas Thille

84 1986 Independent Director

Scott Van Der Kar

61 1994 Independent Director

Lee Cole

President - Investor Relations

Biographies

Name Description

Lecil Cole

Mr. Lecil E. Cole is the Chairman of the Board of the company. Mr. Cole has also served as our Chief Executive Officer and President since February 1999. He served as an executive of Safeway Stores from 1964 to 1976 and as Chairman of Central Coast Federal Land Bank from 1986 to 1996. Mr. Cole has served as Chairman and President of Hawaiian Sweet, Inc. and Tropical Hawaiian Products, Inc. since 1996. Mr. Cole farms approximately 4,400 acres in California on which avocados and cattle are produced and raised.

Kenneth Catchot

Mr. Kenneth Catchot is President, Chief Operating Officer of the Company. Mr. Catchot succeeds Arthur J. Bruno, who retired as Calavo’s Chief Operating Officer on June 15, 2015. Mr. Catchot co-founded RFG in 2003 and has served as an officer of RFG since 2003.

B. John Lindeman

Mr. B. John Lindeman is Chief Financial Officer of the Company. Prior to joining Calavo, Mr. Lindeman served as Managing Director at Sageworth Trust Company. Prior to joining Sageworth, Mr. Lindeman served as Managing Director at Janney Montgomery Scott from August 2009 to March 2015. Prior to joining Janney, Mr. Lindeman served as Managing Director at Stifel Nicolaus from December 2005 to August 2009 and as Principal at Legg Mason from October 1999 to December 2005. Prior to joining Legg Mason, Mr. Lindeman was Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.

Michael Browne

Mr. Michael A. Browne is Vice President - Fresh Operations of Calavo Growers Inc. Mr. Browne served as the founder and co-owner of Fresh Directions International, a closely held multinational fresh produce company, which marketed fresh avocados from Mexico, Chile, and the Dominican Republic. Mr. Browne joined us in May 2005.

Robert Wedin

Mr. Robert J. Wedin is Vice President - Sales and Fresh Marketing of Calavo Growers Inc. Mr. Wedin joined us in 1973 at our then Santa Barbara packinghouse. Beginning in 1990, Mr. Wedin served as a director of the California Avocado Commission for a period of ten years. Mr. Wedin currently is a board member of Producesupply.org and serves as a member of that organization's executive committee.

Alan Ahmer

Mr. Alan C. Ahmer is Vice President - Processed Product Sales and Production of Calavo Growers Inc. Mr. Ahmer joined us in 1979 as a regional sales manager in our Calavo Foods business. In September 2003, Mr. Ahmer’s new title became Vice-President, Calavo Foods Sales and Production.

George Barnes

Mr. George H. Barnes is an Independent Director of Calavo Growers, Inc. He has owned and operated avocado groves since 1988 and has served as a member of the California Avocado Commission for eight years. Mr. Barnes was a director of Calavo from 2000 through 2002.

Marc Brown

Mr. Marc L. Brown is an Independent Director of Calavo Growers Inc. Mr. Brown has been a member of TroyGould PC, a Los Angeles law firm, since 2000. TroyGould PC represents Calavo as legal counsel. Mr. Brown brings to the Board of Directors over thirty years of experience counseling numerous public corporations in matters involving mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, executive compensation, and compliance with the United States securities laws.

Egidio Carbone

Mr. Egidio Carbone, Jr., is an Independent Director of Calavo Growers, Inc. He served as Vice-President, Finance and Corporate Secretary for Calavo from 1980 to 2002. He was also an active CPA from 1967 to 2002 in the State of California and has taught accounting and finance at the college level. He has served as a member of the board of directors of the California Avocado Commission from 2008 to present.

Michael DiGregorio

Mr. Michael (Mike) A. DiGregorio is an Independent Director of Calavo Growers, Inc. Mr. DiGregorio has spent the past 30 years in senior financial and operating capacities in domestic and international markets. A CPA by background, he has been CFO of public and private companies, and also as president of two large organizations. 13 of those years were spent working with private equity groups, in which he helped transform underperforming companies and helped add significant market value to these enterprises.

Harold Edwards

Mr. Harold S. Edwards is an Independent Director of Calavo Growers, Inc. He has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of Limoneira Company, an agricultural, real estate and community development company, since November 2004. Prior to joining Limoneira Company, Mr. Edwards was the President of Puritan Medical Products, a division of Airgas Inc. from January 2003 to November 2004; Vice President and General Manager of Latin America and Global Expert of Fisher Scientific International, Inc. from September 2001 to December 2002; General Manager of Cargill Animal Nutrition Philippines operations, a division of Cargill, Inc., from May 2001 to September 2001; and Managing Director of Agribrands Philippines, Inc., a division of Agribrands International (Purina) from 1999 to 2001.

James Helin

Mr. James D. Helin is an Independent Director of Calavo Growers Inc. He is a management consultant with JDH Associates and has over 35 years of experience in consumer marketing on numerous national packaged goods brands. Additionally, Mr. Helin has a wide-range of agricultural commodity experience and knowledge in both executive management and marketing management. He has served as a board member on numerous companies’ boards of directors.

Steven Hollister

Mr. Steven Hollister is an Independent Director of Calavo Growers Inc. is a Managing Member of Rocking Spade, LLC, as a diversified investor and developer, with interests in ranching, vineyards and commercial properties. Mr. Hollister served as Vice President of Sunrise Mortgage & Investment Company, a commercial mortgage broker, from 2006 to 2013. Additionally, Mr. Hollister served as Chief Operating Officer of Fess Parker Winery & Vineyard and Santa Barbara County Wine Center from 2002 to 2006. In addition, Mr. Hollister was Senior Vice President of Central Coast Farm Credit for 17 years.

John Hunt

Mr. John M. Hunt is an Independent Director of Calavo Growers, Inc. He has served as the General Manager of Embarcadero Ranch since 1982 where he manages a 400-acre avocado and citrus ranch.

J. Link Leavens

Mr. J. Link Leavens is an Independent Director of the Company. He is the general manager of Leavens Ranches, a family partnership that farms 1100 acres of lemons and avocados in Ventura and Monterey Counties. He has served as President of the Ventura County Farm Bureau, the Ventura County Resource Conservation District and was a founding member of the University of California Hansen Trust Advisory Committee. Leavens Ranches have been Calavo members since 1956.

Donald Sanders

Mr. Donald M. Sanders is an Independent Director of Calavo Growers, Inc. He served as President and Owner of S&S Grove Management Services, Inc. since 1991. In addition, Mr. Sanders has ownership interests in S&S Ranch and Rancho Santo Tomas which include an aggregate of 134 acres of avocado orchards.

Dorcas Thille

Ms. Dorcas H. Thille is an Independent Director of Calavo Growers, Inc. She owns and operates the J.K. Thille Ranches, a 280-acre farm on which avocados, lemons and vegetables have been grown since 1949. She is a former member of the board of the Saticoy Lemon Association, as well as a former member of the Agricultural Issues Center of the University of California. She served on the board of the Agricultural Council of California and as chairman of the board. In addition, she served on the University of California President’s Advisory Commission.

Scott Van Der Kar

Mr. Scott Van Der Kar is an Independent Director of Calavo Growers, Inc. He has served as a manager of his family’s farm, Pinehill Ranch, since 1978. The Van Der Kar family farms approximately 100 acres of avocados and has been delivering avocados to Calavo since 1959. He is a current member of the board of the California Chermoya Association, a former member of the board of the Santa Barbara County Workforce Investment Board, and is a former director of the Santa Barbara County Farm Bureau.

Lee Cole