WHO WE ARE

  • New Arvin Facility and Cold Storage

MEET THE TEAM

The team at CSP has always been a source of tremendous pride. These are the people who make it happen in the fields and the offices of our operations. They are each talented at what they do—and we encourage them to be involved and make a difference in their respective roles.

MICHAEL VALPREDO
President

I am very proud to lead this talented group. They each add something important and unique to what we do—and I truly enjoy watching the process and results from this fine team. People often ask me what is the best thing we grow here… that’s like asking me who my favorite kid is. The truth is most everything we do is pretty amazing at the right moment, and it’s about finding that window of time, or as we say, “the sweet spot”.

PERRY EASTIN
Chief Financial Officer

I am a military veteran with over twenty five years of project and financial management in food production, manufacturing, and the public sector, bringing with me master’s degrees in both business administration and accounting. I have been with CSP since 2014, focusing our efforts on improving profitability through the development of a superior product and customer mix.

GINA PETTIT
Marketing & Specialty Sales Manager

I was born and raised in Bakersfield, the sweet spot of California! I am a proud Alum and former Student-Athlete from Providence College in Providence, RI. Drawn back to my roots, I moved home to pursue my interests in produce sales. I am honored to be a part of the Country Sweet Produce team and selling quality produce that is locally grown. With a foundation of family and community, Country Sweet Produce invites each employee  to be a valued part of a bigger picture. My position allows me to bring life to new items and deliver exceptional produce from the farm to the table. Outside of the office, I enjoy spending time with my two active little girls and my amazing husband.

NICHOLAS MARTINEZ
Commodity Sales Manager

I’ve been working here at CSP since 2008 and have had the pleasure of working in Shipping, Receiving, and now Sales. I look forward to being a part of the continued growth and evolution of Country Sweet Produce! In my spare time I enjoy watching all types of sporting events and especially love USC football! Fight on!

CODY ROSE
Commodity Sales Manager

I have been working with the Valpredo and Martinez families since the days even before Country Sweet Produce. I have tried to bring great expertise to the sweet potato business in particular and take pride in working with some of the long tenured customers and partners of CSP with all of the items we grow.

DREW CESARE
Sales Associate

I was born and raised in the beautiful town of Bakersfield. I graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where I received my degree in Agribusiness with a concentration in Sales and Marketing. I appreciate working with a great team at Country Sweet Produce and providing excellent service to all our customers. Every day brings different challenges and opportunities which allows working at CSP to be very rewarding. When I'm not at the office, I enjoy hanging out with family and friends and watching sports.

FELIPE MARTINEZ
Purchasing & Logistics

I started as the Shipping Coordinator for CSP. Through the years CSP has given me the opportunity to expand my roles and responsibilites into different areas of the company. My new responsibilties allow me to apply my knowledge and experience to purchasing, inventory management for packaging and materials, and sales support. I enjoy coordinating with sales and production to complete detailed packout reports and help determine accurate inventory levels at the end of each day. During my sparetime I enjoy watching movies, spending time with the family and BBQing.

ERIK EKLUND
Safety Manager

I have worked in the produce and food processing industries since I was 19 years old. I have over 30 years in Food Safety, Quality Assurance, Employee Safety and Environmental Management. In my role with the company I use all I have learned to help produce safe foods and safe employees. I come from a background of integrity, respect, gratitude and passion and apply all of those in what I do each day. It is truly a pleasure to work with such a talented team here.

MARTIN CUELLAR
Harvest & Production Manager CSP Tejon

What I like about my job is that I stay busy, I work comfortably, and the day goes by quickly. Another thing I like is that I do multiple jobs and learn new things every day. One thing that consumers or customers can learn about me is that I’ve been working with this company for 17 years and that I’m always doing the best I can for the product to arrive in high quality at the stores.

LAURA RAMIREZ
Production Coordinator

Hello! I oversee the orders being packed, I assure the quality is good, and at the end of the day, I send an e-mail explaining the plan for packing for the following day. One thing I like about my job is that my superiors recognize when my job is well done!

PAULINA DE LOS SANTOS
Accounting Supervisor

I joined the team In 2011 as an Executive Assistant. I am currently a part of the Accounting team where I assist in many areas of our operations. When at home, I enjoy time with my wonderful family and cheering on my favorite sports teams.

JOSE PAREDES
Receiving Coordinator

I have been with Country Sweet Produce since 2010. I started in transportation bringing product from our fields to the facility and making deliveries to our local customers. I did night shipping for a couple of years. Now I am in charge of receiving and tracking our bulk inventory. I have enjoyed the many challenges and opportunities that our company has provided.

JOSE ARREOLA
Facility Supervisor

I started working at Country Sweet Produce in 2011, as a forklift driver and have worked my way up to facility supervisor. Hard work and dedication have given me the opportunity of moving up in this company, and of course the Valpredo and Martinez families. I enjoy very much what I do for a living, moving forward I hope to continue working for Country Sweet Produce.

AARON NUNEZ
CSP Arvin Facility Manager

Employees are treated with respect, and the company is good at putting employees in positions to maximize their strengths. Each day I am presented with new challenges and situations, which really helps me to stay focused and interested.

ALEX CHOATE
CSP Arvin Receiving & Facility Coordinator

I began my career here at Country Sweet Produce in 2016. I started out in charge of the ammonia and refrigeration system and quickly started helping out in other departments such as Receiving and Inventory. My favorite part about working here is that everyone works as a team to get the job done and keep our customers happy. I plan on continuing my growth and expanding my knowledge here at CSP and I look forward to the challenges that the company brings to my future.

MAGGIE GAMINO
Accounts Receivable Clerk

I have been with Country Sweet Produce since the summer of 2014 as a shipping coordinator. This position has brought many new challenges and great experience. I look forward to all the opportunities the company provides. Out of work my life revolves around God and my Family.

CARMEN GONZALEZ
Accounts Payable

I was born and raised in Oxnard, CA. I have been living in Bakersfield for almost 20 years. I have been in the accounting industry for 8 years and I am actively pursuing a Degree in Accounting. Aside from work and school, I enjoy spending time with my children and listening to music - Classic Rock especially. I joined the Valpredo team because the company is family oriented and their role in the agriculture industry is interesting and exciting!

JACOB WHITE
Staff Accountant

I am Bakersfield born and raised, graduated from CSUB in 2014 I love playing music and spending time with family & friends. I am a staff accountant and like working with the team here, everyone is very friendly and supportive.

JESUS PANTOJA
CSP Arvin Production Lead

I was born and raised here in Kern County, and I am a proud Fresno State (BS) graduate.  I’ve been working with Country Sweet Produce since I was able to get a workers permit from my high school. Working every summer harvesting the fresh produce to now working as a Production Lead and being able to oversee production of our sweet potato and onion programs at our Arvin facility has been a great journey. I am thankful for all the opportunities Country Sweet Produce has given me that have allowed me to grow and learn as much as possible from this great industry. I am excited for what the future has in store for us - I know we will be ready to overcome all our challenges together.

WE ARE THE BAKO SWEET FAMILY.