Leadership

Leadership

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John Martinelli

CEO

With Martinelli's Since 1979 and represents the fourth generation leader of the company.

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.

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Gun Ruder

President / CFO

With Martinelli's Since 2013

Gun is President and CFO at S. Martinelli & Company and is driving its business growth for the future. He brings a wealth of knowledge and diverse business background to the position.

Gun was most recently a Regional Director for Canyon-Agassi Charter School Facilities Fund, a $220 million real estate private equity fund focused on developing campuses for best-in-class charter schools across the country. Gun was part of the founding team that developed the core business model, established the financial model, and built the operating infrastructure to support it. As Regional Director, he identified real estate transactions, developed underwriting criteria for prospective clients, established operating pro forma and critical metrics for portfolio deals, and acted as the primary liaison with lenders–both construction lenders and long-term bond underwriters.

Prior to Canyon-Agassi, Gun was the President of Agassi Graf Holdings, which provides business management services for Andre Agassi and Stefanie Graf. In this role, he was responsible for direct investments, real estate development, and financial management for the overall business, including oversight of the Andre Agassi College Prep Academy as the Andre Agassi Foundation Finance Committee Chair. Prior to AGH, Gun worked for MBNA as a senior member of its internal strategy group developing financial products for consumers and small businesses. Before joining MBNA, he was a strategy consultant for McKinsey & Company in the financial services and private equity industries in New York City and worked in Tokyo, Japan for Nippon Steel, managing global infrastructure development projects.

Gun holds an MBA from Stanford University and is a cum laude graduate of Georgetown University.

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Tony Robinson

Director of Sales & Marketing

With Martinelli's Since 1997

Tony leads the sales and marketing teams at Martinelli’s. A 30-year veteran of the food business, he has held sales positions at E&J Gallo and Sunkist Growers. He also has market and account development experience in grocery, food service, club, dollar stores, mass discounters, and international trade.

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Mark Mizuki

Director of Operations

With Martinelli's Since 2008

Mark Mizuki supports Martinelli’s manufacturing, production, quality and food safety, supply chain management, including fruit and supplies procurement, inventory control, warehousing, and operations. During his 23+ years of experience in the food processing industry, he has worked with various leading companies, such as McCormick and Company, ConAgra, and Chiquita’s Fresh Express Salad.

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Eliseu Mandlhate

Director of Engineering & Maintenance

With Martinelli's Since 2007

Eliseu Mandlhate leads the Engineering and Maintenance Services department at Martinelli’s. He also holds a strategic role with the Operations Team to support existing and future operations, including project management leadership, process engineering, controls engineering, and packaging engineering. Prior to Martinelli’s, he spent more than two decades providing engineering services to beverage companies, such as 7UP, Coca-Cola, and JM Smucker Company.

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Tami Corum

Director of Finance

With Martinelli's Since 2015

Tami leads the Finance, Treasury, Accounting and Risk Management services for Martinelli’s. With a unique blend of experience in Equipment Manufacturing and Beverage Distribution, she’s supporting the modernization of Martinelli’s technology and financial process infrastructures. Prior to Martinelli’s, Tami served as Director of Finance + HR and CFO for The Schmid Group, North America where she directed the consolidation of subsidiary companies to optimize operations, shared service costs and customer experience. Tami holds an Accounting Degree from San Jose State University and an MBA from California State University Monterey Bay. She serves on Bay Federal Credit Union’s Board of Directors with a passion for furthering economic empowerment locally.

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