She particularly enjoys brainstorming with Sun World’s customers and sales staff, and finds particular satisfaction working with the company’s college interns.
“My philosophy is to learn by doing, and I love working with the students,” she said. “When you help people grow, you grow, too.”
Robertson agreed with Erlendson’s description of herself as a student.
“She aggressively goes out and learns about what she is doing,” he said.
Erlendson is particularly aggressive about fighting childhood obesity. She said the United Fresh Produce Association’s salad bars for schools program and her personal efforts to improve school nutrition in her corner of the world are two of her most intense passions.
“I look at my own California community and see that we have the highest percentage of overweight and obese children and I have to get involved,” she said.