Born and Raised in the Salinas Valley, Diane is the daughter of two Boomers and first-generation Mexican Americans. Her father grew up picking strawberries until his teenage years. Her Mother worked in the Celery Packing sheds in Oxnard in the summers and was a migrant student throughout all her childhood.
Her first foray in produce was as a receptionist for Fleming Companies. It was, “a fun, crazy, intense and rewarding time,” of her life. She later moved to Mann Packing as a Sales Asst., where she eventually worked her way into a sales role, where she flourished. Diane feels fortunate to have been mentored by professionals, with positive empowerment, and mentored by other women in the industry while at Mann Packing.
Recently she married and moved to the San Joaquin Valley to start a new life. They actually managed to pull off the Dream Wedding right in the middle of the pandemic.
Time for more growth! Diane wanted to tap into her experience and at the same time help others, which led her to Joe Produce. After 20 years at Mann and readjusting to a whole new life, she knows firsthand how challenging it can be to make major career and life changes.
Diane enjoys her close relationship with her two grown children. Davina is in the produce Industry and Jacob drives for UPS. Diane loves to cook and is a self-proclaimed foodie.