Reiter Affiliated Companies Employee Accepted as Fellow for California Agricultural Leadership Program

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Luis Calderon Admitted as Fellow of Class 49

Luis Calderon

Since he first started with us, Luis has always demonstrated a willingness to develop new capabilities, engage with our community and guide a team according to our company values.

Reiter Affiliated Companies (RAC) Partnership Manager (Southern District), Luis Calderon, has become a fellow of the California Agricultural Leadership Program, an advanced leadership development experience for emerging agricultural leaders.

Luis is among twenty four individuals selected for Class 49 who will participate in dynamic seminars during this 17-month program.

"We are excited for Luis, and are proud of his desire to advance his skills,” said Andrew Rice, Vice President Production, Southern District. “Since he first started with us, Luis has always demonstrated a willingness to develop new capabilities, engage with our community and guide a team according to our company values. He has grown tremendously, and we are sure that by participating in this program he will gain important skills and a diverse perspective of the industry.”

Fellows will study leadership theory, effective communication, motivation, critical and strategic thinking, change management, emotional intelligence and complex social and cultural issues.

Seminars are delivered by four partner universities: Cal Poly Pomona, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Fresno State and UC Davis. Fellows will participate in 55 seminar days, including an eight-day national travel seminar and a 15-day international travel seminar.

Class 49 fellows will be inaugurated into the program on October 11, 2018 at the Clovis Veterans Memorial District.

Previous California Agricultural Leadership Program graduates include RAC’s Chief Human Resources Officer, Yissel Barajas and former employee Cesar Hernandez.

To learn more about Reiter Affiliated Companies, please visit: http://www.berry.net

About Reiter Affiliated Companies

Reiter Affiliated Companies (RAC) is the largest fresh multi-berry producer in the world, growing Driscoll’s proprietary varieties of strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries year round in the United States, Baja California, Central Mexico, Portugal, Morocco and Peru.

The Reiter family began farming in the San Francisco Bay Peninsula and by the turn of the century had migrated south into Watsonville and the Santa Clara Valley. By the late 1970’s, operations expanded into Southern California where the headquarters is today. The company values of Honesty, Fairness and Respect line the corridors of every office, guiding and leading business principles and decisions. Those decisions have resulted in the organization’s position as an industry leader, adopting health and wellness programs, opening primary health clinics and partnering with local organizations to improve the quality of life for the farmworker community.

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