People: Calavo Growers Inc (CVGW.OQ)

CVGW.OQ on NASDAQ Stock Exchange Global Select Market

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29 Jul 2014
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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Lecil Cole

74 1999 Chairman of the Board, President, Chief Executive Officer

Arthur Bruno

63 2004 Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Corporate Secretary

Michael Browne

55 2005 Vice President - Fresh Operations

Robert Wedin

64 1993 Vice President - Sales and Fresh Marketing

Alan Ahmer

65 2003 Vice President - Processed Product Sales and Production

George Barnes

81 2004 Independent Director

Marc Brown

62 2010 Independent Director

Egidio Carbone

73 2005 Independent Director

Michael DiGregorio

59 2013 Independent Director

Harold Edwards

48 2006 Independent Director

James Helin

71 2011 Independent Director

Steven Hollister

56 2008 Independent Director

John Hunt

57 1993 Independent Director

J. Link Leavens

62 1987 Independent Director

Donald Sanders

66 2002 Independent Director

Dorcas Thille

82 1986 Independent Director

Scott Van Der Kar

59 1994 Independent Director

Lee Cole

IR Contact Officer

Biographies

Name Description

Lecil Cole

Mr. Lecil E. Cole is the Chairman of the Board, President, Chief Executive Officer of Calavo Growers Inc. He served as an executive of Safeway Stores from 1964 to 1976 and as the Chairman of Central Coast Federal Land Bank from 1986 to 1996. Mr. Cole has served as the Chairman and President of Hawaiian Sweet Inc. and Tropical Hawaiian Products, Inc. since 1996 (both of these entities were acquired by Calavo in 2008). Mr. Cole farms a total of approximately 4,400 acres in California on which avocados and cattle are produced and raised.

Arthur Bruno

Mr. Arthur J. Bruno is Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Corporate Secretary of Calavo Growers Inc. During fiscal 2004, Mr. Bruno also assumed the title and responsibilities of Chief Operating Officer. From 1988 to 2003, Mr. Bruno served as the president and co-founder of Maui Fresh International, Inc. Mr. Bruno is a Certified Public Accountant.

Michael Browne

Mr. Michael A. Browne is Vice President - Fresh Operations of Calavo Growers Inc. He has served as Company's Vice President since 2005.From 1997 until joining us, 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 has served as our Vice President since 1989. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Independent Director of Calavo Growers Inc. He 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 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 Independent Director of Calavo Growers, Inc. 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 Independent Director of Calavo Growers, Inc. He has 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 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 Independent Director of Calavo Growers, Inc. Hehas 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

Options Compensation

Name Options Value

Lecil Cole

600,000 2,212,960

Arthur Bruno

150,000 115,000

Michael Browne

50,000 128,500

Robert Wedin

50,000 105,000

Alan Ahmer

50,000 127,100

George Barnes

0 0

Marc Brown

0 0

Egidio Carbone

0 0

Michael DiGregorio

0 0

Harold Edwards

0 0

James Helin

0 0

Steven Hollister

0 0

John Hunt

0 0

J. Link Leavens

0 0

Donald Sanders

0 0

Dorcas Thille

0 0

Scott Van Der Kar

0 0

Lee Cole

0 0
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