CASTROVILLE, Calif. – (June 7, 2010) – Ocean Mist Farms is introducing an innovative employee leadership program this month designed to develop the company’s future senior leadership team from within.
Crafted over several years with input from experts inside and outside the company, the two-year leadership development program includes curriculum that would rival most business schools with topics such as organizational behavior, process management and strategic planning.
Approximately three to six Ocean Mist Farms employees will be invited to participate in the program each year. The first class includes the following employees:
• Chris Drew, Production Manager, Sea Mist Farms
• Terry Lynch, Operations Controller, Ocean Mist Farms
• John Pattullo, General Manager, Boutonnet Farms
• Paul Scheid, General Manager, Laguna Mist Farms
• Gary Silacci, Sales Manager, Ocean Mist Farms
• Adrian Zendejas, General Manager, Desert Mist Farms
The leadership program is part of the company’s efforts to look ahead and align itself with the appropriate human resources for future growth.
"Investing in our employees and educating our staff is the right thing to do,” said Ed Boutonnet, company CEO. "The goal of this program is to enliven and develop talent that will sustain Ocean Mist Farms for the long-run in a manner that stimulates thinking and creative energy, boosts capabilities and builds shared knowledge and skills."
Employees are selected to participate in the program based on several criteria including current job performance, recommendation from executive staff as well as interest in the program. Ultimately, the program will be used to identify a talent pool of existing Ocean Mist Farms managers with the potential for taking on future leadership roles across the company.
"The leadership program will educate the candidates on the entire Ocean Mist Farms process from before the seed goes into the ground, to the time the produce is loaded on the customer’s truck," Boutonnet said.