D’Arrigo-Martin joins Taylor Farms - The Packer

D’Arrigo-Martin joins Taylor Farms

06/19/2012 01:45:00 PM
Mike Hornick

D'Arrigo-Martin(UPDATED COVERAGE, June 21) SALINAS, Calif. — After 21 years at D’Arrigo Bros. Co. of California, Margaret D’Arrigo-Martin has joined Taylor Farms as vice president of community development.

D’Arrigo-Martin was executive vice president of sales and marketing at D’Arrigo. She started June 18 at Taylor Farms, and remains in Salinas.

“We’re still defining my role, but a lot of what we want to do is to help youth in the community and support Taylor Farms’ sustainability and corporate responsibility initiatives that are customer driven,” she said. “We want to get the right messages out to customers and local communities.”

“We do a good amount of community development,” said Bruce Taylor, founder and chief executive officer of Taylor Farms. “Margaret and I have worked together on numerous projects in the past. She’s been a tremendous source of energy and gets things done in a positive way for the community. She’ll also be the champion for our whole sustainability program, an ongoing program which we just haven’t pulled together from a corporate perspective.

“Our object is to get the world to consume more fruits and vegetables,” he said. “She’ll be supporting that at the federal and state levels.”

D’Arrigo-Martin will also spearhead Taylor Farms’ development efforts on Salinas’ historic Main Street, where the company will soon begin construction of a corporate headquarters. Expected move-in is by January 2014, Taylor said.

“Putting the building there is good, but it’s not the answer to the downtown’s challenges,” Taylor said. “Someone needs to be driving change down there to make it a more exciting retail and entertainment destination for people in the community. She’ll be doing some of that. It’s a pretty full plate.”

Taylor has long supported Boys & Girls Clubs of Monterey County, Rancho Cielo Youth Campus, the National Steinbeck Center and similar organizations. That center is next door to the future headquarters.

“It was just time for a change,” D’Arrigo-Martin said. “It’s a chance to work with a visionary. I love what Bruce is doing. He’s a stakeholder in this community and really cares what happens here.”

She said she did not expect a successor to be named at D’Arrigo Bros.

“They’ll absorb the marketing within the sales team,” she said.

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ST LOUIS MO  |  June, 20, 2012 at 09:07 AM


Tom Wason    
Arizona  |  June, 20, 2012 at 11:49 AM

What a terrific individual to compliment the future of Salinas Youth programs. Congrats Margaret, Tom

Ted Kohlenberger    
Yorba Linda, CA  |  June, 20, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Congratulations to you Margaret, on your many years at D'Arrigo, and your new adventures at Taylor Farms. Our best to you from all of us at National Resource Management (NRM), providing energy-saving refrigeration control solutions to the produce and floral industries.

Diane Pemberton    
Monterey, CA  |  June, 20, 2012 at 02:15 PM

Margaret has and is a very close friend of the family. We are happy and supportive of her new venture with Taylor Farms. Way to go Margaret!

Trini Valdivia    
Salinas  |  June, 20, 2012 at 02:47 PM

Taylor Farms won with this move, Margaret is a good community builder with the Ag community and the people of Salinas know that.

Albena Leon    
Salinas  |  June, 20, 2012 at 08:25 PM

Margaret is a phenominal human being with a heart of gold who has inspired and helped so many people in our commumity. She is very taleneted, innovative and a great person to have on the Taylor team. Way to go Margaret and Taylor! The world is your oyster!

Jon Doe    
Salinas Valley!  |  June, 21, 2012 at 05:45 PM

Margret, is a great person that has a heart and believes on helping others. She will do anything to put a smile on a child's face. However, I believe margret let her family business because she did not agree on with someone of her family that did not treat or felt the same way she felt towards the salinas velley community.Margret did so much for D'arrigo and the community. Im having a hard time believing she left because she needed a change. I think that she saw that Bruce Taylor cares for his community and most importantly the future of tomorrow...(youth)!... I commend both Margret and Bruce for doing what you guys do. I will know just be purchasing Taylor Farms vegetables....keep in mind we come to this world with a purpose to help one another it does not matter what your gender, ethnic background or religion is. There is only one race... Human race!

Jon Doe Doesnt Know    
Salinas,Ca  |  June, 21, 2012 at 10:40 PM

Dont pat someone on the back for something they don't deserve, the truth will be out soon enough!

Tom Minnich    
Monterey, CA  |  June, 22, 2012 at 03:44 PM

Two community champions working under one roof. Makes sense. Congratulations to both Margaret and Taylor Farms!

Troy Hinds    
CA  |  June, 22, 2012 at 07:49 PM

Congratulations Margaret on this move. I'm confident the new venture with Bruce and Taylor Farms will be an challenging role as you expand the implementation of sustainability in the Agriculture Industry. Sincerely, Troy @ SPG Solar - your all-in-one solar solution provider. Agriculture businesses, the dairy industry, food processors, and cold storage facilities have turned to solar to lower operating costs and create a hedge against rising energy prices.

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