John Martinelli was born in 1957 at the old Watsonville Community Hospital on Montecito Ave. He is a descendant of the Martinelli and Silliman families, two of the Pajaro Valley’s earliest pioneers who settled there in the 1850s.
John attended Salsipuedes Elementary school from K-8 grades and then graduated from Watsonville High school in 1975. He graduated with a BA in Economics from Stanford University in 1979.
Later that year, John began his career as Assistant Manager of the family business. Over 36 years, he has held various positions including Plant Manager, Sales Manager, General Manager, Vice President, President and currently as CEO. During his tenure, the company has grown by more than ten times, bringing both national recognition and economic benefits to Watsonville.
John has served in many community and nonprofit organizations. In addition to coaching K through 6th grade YMCA basketball and Little League for 17 years, where he also served as Treasurer, he was President/Chairman of the board of directors for the Watsonville Community Hospital, the Central Coast Health Insurance Trust Fund and T.H.A.N.K.S., a local agricultural scholarship foundation, and was a member of the Saint Francis Central Coast high school and Moreland Notre Dame elementary Capital Campaign Steering Committees, Little Helpers, Action Pajaro Valley (APV), the Pajaro River Flood Protection Task Force/Finance Committee, and the Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency (PVWMA) Basin Management Plan Community Advisory Group and Finance Committee.