Board of Directors

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Edgar A. Terry

Mr. Terry has vast experience in the area of agribusiness rendering him exceptionally qualified to serve on the Company’s Board. Since 1982, he has worked for his family company, Terry Farms, Inc., which produces various vegetable and strawberry crops in Ventura County, California; he currently serves as its President and Chief Financial Officer (1990 – Present). Additionally, he serves as President of Willal, Inc. (1990 – Present) and as Vice President of Rancho Adobe, Inc. (1995 – Present). Mr. Terry also teaches corporate finance as a Senior Adjunct Professor at California Lutheran University (1987 – Present). In the past, Mr. Terry served as President of the Ventura County Farm Bureau (2001 – 2003) and as Chief Financial Officer of the District 63 Umpire Association (2006 – 2013). Mr. Terry currently serves as a director (and on various committees) of a number of companies and other entities, including: Terry Farms, Inc.; Federal Farm Credit Banks Funding Corporation; CoBank; Willal, Inc.; Rancho Adobe, Inc.; Ventura County Irrigated Lands Group; Ventura County Fair Foundation; and the Center for Economic Forecasting Advisory Board at California Lutheran University. In the past, Mr. Terry also served as a director (and on various committees) of several other companies and entities, including: Ventura County Farm Bureau; Hanson Trust Advisory Board; Leavens Ranches; District 63 Umpire Association; California Strawberry Commission; and Farm Credit West. Mr. Terry is a graduate of California Lutheran University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Business Administration degree. Mr. Terry’s extensive experience in, and knowledge of, agribusiness, finance, and the Ventura County community provides the Board with important perspective regarding the responsible use of the Company’s land and water resources, technical and financial expertise, and community relations.

John Merriman
John W. H. Merriman

Mr. Merriman has served as a director of the company since 1991. Mr. Merriman currently serves as an SAS consultant at Wells Fargo Bank Risk Management, San Francisco, manager of Blanchard Equity, LLC., and president of Spyglass Ridge Association. Mr. Merriman served as a SAS consultant for Macys.com from 2006 to 2009 and Wells Fargo Bank Risk Management from 1996 to 2005. Mr. Merriman is a Vietnam War Veteran where he served in the United States Marine Corps as an IBM systems programmer. Mr. Merriman graduated from Computer Science School, Quantico, Virginia, in 1973. He majored in viticulture at Santa Rosa Junior College in 1978, and studied enology at Edmeades Vineyards in 1979.

John Merriman
Robert Sawyer
Robert M. Sawyer
Vice Chairman

Mr. Sawyer has served as a director of the company since 1990. Mr. Sawyer is an attorney specializing in real estate, land use, environmental and water law, and currently of counsel to the Sacramento, California office of Best Best & Krieger LLP. He is a member of Ventura County Bar Association, the Sacramento County Bar Association and the Groundwater Resources Association of California. Mr. Sawyer was previously the corporate secretary of The Samuel Edwards Associates, from 1977 to 1981 and a director of The Samuel Edwards Associates, from 1981-1985. He is also a director of Ventura County Fruit Exchange, and a trustee of Limoneira Foundation, since 1985. Mr. Sawyer graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1972, and graduated from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College where he earned his Juris Doctor degree in 1975.

Robert Sawyer
Lecil E. Cole

Mr. Cole has served as a director of the company since 2006. Mr. Cole is currently chairman of the board of directors, chief executive officer and president of Calavo Growers, Inc., a NASDAQ listed company. He has held that position since February 1999. Mr. Cole has also been the president of Hawaiian Sweet Inc. since 1996. Prior to that, Mr. Cole was an executive of Safeway Stores from 1986 to 1996. Mr. Cole farms a total of 4,430 acres in California and Hawaii on which avocados, papayas and cattle are produced and raised.

Gordon Kimball
Gordon E. Kimball
Board Chairman

Mr. Kimball has served as a director of the company since 1995. Mr. Kimball has been president of Kimball Engineering, Inc., which provides race car design and production services, since 1992. He is also managing partner of Kimball Ranches, a 110 acre avocado ranch near Santa Paula, California. Prior to that, Mr. Kimball designed Formula One race cars in England and Italy for McLaren International, Ferrari and Benetton Racing, from 1984 to 1991. Prior to that, he designed Indianapolis race cars for Parnelli Jones, Chaparral and Patrick Racing teams, from 1976 to 1983. Mr. Kimball is a director of Rincon Investment Company. Mr. Kimball graduated from Stanford University where he earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in mechanical engineering.

Chairman of the Board
Gordon Kimball
Harold Edwards
Harold S. Edwards
President & CEO
Mr. Edwards has served as a director of the company since 2009. Mr. Edwards has been the president and chief executive officer of the company since November 2004. Previously, Mr. Edwards was the president of Puritan Medical Products, a division of Airgas Inc. Prior to that, Mr. Edwards held management positions with Fisher Scientific International, Inc., Cargill, Inc., Agribrands International and the Ralston Purina Company. Mr. Edwards is currently a member of the board of directors of Compass Group Diversified Holdings LLC, a NASDAQ listed company and Calavo Growers, Inc., also a NASDAQ listed company. Mr. Edwards is a graduate of Lewis and Clark College and The American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird) where he earned a Masters of Business Administration.
    Harold Edwards
    Scott Slater

    Mr. Slater currently serves as the President and General Counsel of Cadiz Inc., a Los Angeles-based land and water resource management company which owns approximately 45,000 acres of land in three areas of eastern San Bernardino County, California. For 27 years, Mr. Slater's practice has been focused on litigation and the negotiation of agreements related to the acquisition, distribution, and treatment of water. He has served as lead negotiator on a number of important water transactions, including the negotiation of the largest conservation-based water transfer in United States history on behalf of the San Diego County Water Authority. Mr. Slater is also the author of California Water Law and Policy, the state's leading treatise on the subject, and has taught water law and policy courses at University of California, Santa Barbara, Pepperdine University, and the University of Western Australia, among others. Additionally, Mr. Slater is a shareholder at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, where he leads the national water practice.

    Don Rudkin
    Elizabeth Blanchard Chess