Engaging customers with expertise and boots-on-the-ground experience.

Jim Zion

Jim Zion

Managing Partner

Jim brings many years of experience of working in the international marketplace and the nut industry. From his position as the Managing Director of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, Agricultural Export Program to his years working on various farming operations, he understands the industry he serves and the products he sells. Jim was instrumental in starting Meridian Growers as a way in which growers could participate more fully in the marketing of their crops. Buyers benefit by being able to buy direct from the source.

Integrity, honesty and ethical business are the cornerstones of Jim's business philosophy.

Jim Zion

Managing Partner

Jim brings many years of experience of working in the international marketplace and the nut industry. From his position as the Managing Director of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, Agricultural Export Program to his years working on various farming operations, he understands the industry he serves and the products he sells. Jim was instrumental in starting Meridian Growers as a way in which growers could participate more fully in the marketing of their crops. Buyers benefit by being able to buy direct from the source.

Integrity, honesty and ethical business are the cornerstones of Jim's business philosophy.

Amy Hochderffer

Amy Hochderffer

Sales Manager

Amy has been in the industry for over 20 years. Before joining Meridian she owned her own brokerage company for 13 years. She is actively involved with the PTNPA and currently sits on their technical committee. When not working Amy enjoys spending time with her family and volunteering with International Volunteer Headquarters. Amy’s vast experience and knowledge will be essential in growing our business.

Amy Hochderffer

Sales Manager

Amy has been in the industry for over 20 years. Before joining Meridian she owned her own brokerage company for 13 years. She is actively involved with the PTNPA and currently sits on their technical committee. When not working Amy enjoys spending time with her family and volunteering with International Volunteer Headquarters. Amy’s vast experience and knowledge will be essential in growing our business.

Michelle Carter

Michelle Carter

Sales and Marketing

Michelle is a graduate of California State University Fresno and joined Meridian Growers in July of 2006 as a Sales and Marketing Representative. Michelle was also a part of the American Pistachio Growers 2012 Leadership program. When not working Michelle enjoys spending time with her husband and two young girls. “Her marketing background, coupled with her strong work ethic are valuable to Meridian, our customers and our growers." said Jim Zion, Managing Partner.

Michelle Carter

Sales and Marketing

Michelle is a graduate of California State University Fresno and joined Meridian Growers in July of 2006 as a Sales and Marketing Representative. Michelle was also a part of the American Pistachio Growers 2012 Leadership program. When not working Michelle enjoys spending time with her husband and two young girls. “Her marketing background, coupled with her strong work ethic are valuable to Meridian, our customers and our growers." said Jim Zion, Managing Partner.

Jip Rodenburg

Jip Rodenburg

Arizona Representative

Jip is a 2016 graduate of The University of Arizona, where he got his degree in Agribusiness Economics & Management. He was raised in a small farming town in Southeastern Arizona and has grown up in the ag industry; working in greenhouses, on the farm, as well as in orchards. He is a first generation American and has had the opportunity to experience the agriculture industry internationally through internships in his family’s home country, The Netherlands. His friendly attitude, eagerness to learn, and presence in Arizona makes him a great asset for Meridian Growers.

Jip Rodenburg

Arizona Representative

Jip is a 2016 graduate of The University of Arizona, where he got his degree in Agribusiness Economics & Management. He was raised in a small farming town in Southeastern Arizona and has grown up in the ag industry; working in greenhouses, on the farm, as well as in orchards. He is a first generation American and has had the opportunity to experience the agriculture industry internationally through internships in his family’s home country, The Netherlands. His friendly attitude, eagerness to learn, and presence in Arizona makes him a great asset for Meridian Growers.

Trisha Aranda

Trisha Aranda

Customer Service

Trisha began working at Meridian Growers in November of 2006. She is also a graduate of the CalAgX Export Training program presented by the Center for International Trade Development. When not at work Trisha enjoys spending time with her three boys and volunteering for their football teams. Trisha’s dedication and commitment to customer service provides our customers with elite service.

Trisha Aranda

Customer Service

Trisha began working at Meridian Growers in November of 2006. She is also a graduate of the CalAgX Export Training program presented by the Center for International Trade Development. When not at work Trisha enjoys spending time with her three boys and volunteering for their football teams. Trisha’s dedication and commitment to customer service provides our customers with elite service.

Cindy Martinusen

Cindy Martinusen

Domestic Logistics Manager

Cindy has over 20 years’ experience in the nut industry, including being a plant manager on the west side for 5 years prior to coming to Meridian Growers. She has been an integral part of the Meridian Growers team since 2004 and has helped expand our domestic services.

Cindy Martinusen

Domestic Logistics Manager

Cindy has over 20 years’ experience in the nut industry, including being a plant manager on the west side for 5 years prior to coming to Meridian Growers. She has been an integral part of the Meridian Growers team since 2004 and has helped expand our domestic services.

Linda Marquez

Linda Marquez

Domestic Assistant

Linda began working for Meridian Growers in 2008 as our receptionist and was promoted to the Domestic Logistics department in 2011. She is a certified notary and enjoys spending time outdoors with her family and close friends. Linda’s cheerful nature creates an uplifting atmosphere at Meridian Growers.

Linda Marquez

Domestic Assistant

Linda began working for Meridian Growers in 2008 as our receptionist and was promoted to the Domestic Logistics department in 2011. She is a certified notary and enjoys spending time outdoors with her family and close friends. Linda’s cheerful nature creates an uplifting atmosphere at Meridian Growers.

Mark Dutra

Mark Dutra

Chief Operations Officer

Mark has over 20 years of business management experience in the cotton industry. His areas of expertise include business development, finance, logistics, operations, domestic and global marketing. He has served on numerous industry and community boards both locally and nationally. Mark graduated from California State University Fresno with a Bachelor and Master’s degree in Agribusiness. He joined Meridian Growers in January of 2010 as Chief Operations Officer.

Mark Dutra

Chief Operations Officer

Mark has over 20 years of business management experience in the cotton industry. His areas of expertise include business development, finance, logistics, operations, domestic and global marketing. He has served on numerous industry and community boards both locally and nationally. Mark graduated from California State University Fresno with a Bachelor and Master’s degree in Agribusiness. He joined Meridian Growers in January of 2010 as Chief Operations Officer.

Kathy Flores

Kathy Flores

Financial Accountant

Kathy graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 1998 with a degree in Business-Finance. She has over 12 years’ experience in accounting and began with Meridian Growers in 2007. Kathy’s attention to detail and delightful demeanor creates a measurable difference to our Meridian team.

Kathy Flores

Financial Accountant

Kathy graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 1998 with a degree in Business-Finance. She has over 12 years’ experience in accounting and began with Meridian Growers in 2007. Kathy’s attention to detail and delightful demeanor creates a measurable difference to our Meridian team.

Lori Poulson

Lori Poulson

Cost & Grower Accountant

Lori graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from BYU and brings 15 years of experience in agriculture accounting. She joined Meridian Growers in August of 2006 and is a vital part of our day to day operations.

Lori Poulson

Cost & Grower Accountant

Lori graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from BYU and brings 15 years of experience in agriculture accounting. She joined Meridian Growers in August of 2006 and is a vital part of our day to day operations.

Comet

Comet

Chief Morale Booster

In October 2013, Jim and his family adopted Comet from a Golden Retriever Rescue. Comet quickly become a part of the Meridian Growers family and each day he would greet the staff and any visitors with a warm welcome. He loved to negotiate for food and we were happy to oblige. Although he is no longer with us his memory will live on. Comet was a sweet and caring companion that will be missed deeply.

Comet

Chief Morale Booster

In October 2013, Jim and his family adopted Comet from a Golden Retriever Rescue. Comet quickly become a part of the Meridian Growers family and each day he would greet the staff and any visitors with a warm welcome. He loved to negotiate for food and we were happy to oblige. Although he is no longer with us his memory will live on. Comet was a sweet and caring companion that will be missed deeply.

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