DiMare California has named Jeff Dolan as president of Newman, California-based DMB Packing.
Dolan will have an expanded leadership role in the family business. Previously, he held the position of field operations manager. In the new role, he will oversee all operations regarding the growing, packing and shipping of fresh market tomatoes in California.
“This announcement comes as DiMare embarks on its next century of dedicated service to our esteemed customers and partners. I am so pleased to extend sincere congratulations to Jeff as he assumes this pivotal leadership position in California,” said Tom DiMare, president of DiMare Inc.
“Jeff brings a wealth of experience, having devoted more than 35 years to the agriculture industry. His expertise was cultivated under the guidance of his father, Charles, and a family business founder, his grandfather, Dominic.”
Dolan has an extensive career in agriculture and the fresh produce industry. His work in the produce industry began as a teenager, helping his father, Charles Dolan, at the DiMare family repacking and wholesale operation near Boston, Massachusetts. After graduating from Colorado State University, he moved to California to join the family’s farming and field operations.
In addition to working for the family business, his comprehensive agricultural background includes establishing a farming operation where he grew tomatoes and cherries.
He has served as chairman of the board of The Occidental Canal Company; The California Fresh Market Tomato Growers Exchange, where he was the founding chairman; the California Tomato Commission; and The California Tomato Growers cooperative. He also served on the board of directors of Blue Anchor Inc. during his cherry-growing years.
He has helped the farming industry by replacing antiquated pipelines with the OCC, mandating the first handling charges under CTFGE, helping improve the seed development committee under the CTC and helping lead the charge to tomato-specific food safety guidelines under his chairmanship at CTG.
Since joining the field operations team at DiMare California, Dolan has introduced new cultural practices or varieties and promoted grower and geographic diversity.
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