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STEPHAN ECKEL joined Santa Paula, CA-based Calavo Growers as senior account manager Feb.11.

Mr. Eckel first got his start in produce when the construction industry took a downturn in the late 80s, leading him to start working in a cooler in Oceanside, CA, for Calberi where he loaded trucks and learned to speak Spanish. Twenty-three years later, he is a produce industry veteran.

Before joining Calavo, Mr. Eckel most recently worked for Stonehill Produce in Dana Point, CA, for two years. Prior to that, he worked for Chiquita Brands, Giumarra Escondido, West Pak Avocado and Calberi.

Mr. Eckel is a member of the Food Marketing Network, Fresh Produce Buyers and Sellers, and Innovative Fresh Thinkers. In his spare time, he enjoys farming, golfing, coaching, playing soccer and any and all water sports.

He currently resides in Winchester, CA, with his wife of 12 years, Michelle, 16-year-old daughter Morgan, 11-year-old son Isaac, and 10-year-old daughter Camryn.

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