Abel Olivera - C.E.O.
Abel has been with the company since 2005 serving various positions from Operations Manager to Vice President of Operations before being promoted to his current position.
He brought ample knowledge and discipline in planning and forecasting streamlining and making the company more efficient. In his current position he manages all aspects of the business from purchasing/planning, customer service, pricing, inventory control and costing, production, quality assurance, logistics, sanitation and maintenance.
Olivera is a member of the North American Meat Association and serves in various industry committees.
V.P. of Executive Accounts
Patricia Lavigne - V.P. of Executive Accounts
Patricia has worked at Jensen Meat for over 15 years. She handles all executive accounts and manages our customer service team.
"Customer service can be a challenge in any industry, which is why it is important to be up to date and fully aware of everything going on in your industry." She points out the attention to detail her staff exercises when dealing with customers. "Everyone is accountable. This is one of the most intelligent, steadfast group of individuals we have had here at Jensen. I am very excited to be working with such an amazing group of people."
Patricia was born and raised in southern California and is married with three beautiful children.
Business Development Manager
Carl Reichert - Business Development Manage
Since graduating from San Diego State, Carl has spent his entire 30-year career in the meat industry. First stop was Central Meats and Provisions in 1986, where he climbed the corporate ladder to become Vice President, Sales and Marketing for the company that specializes in cooked and smoked meats. In 2007, he moved to Hamilton Meats & Provisions, where he was Sales Manager at the Chula Vista, Calif.-based business for five years.
Today, Carl heads Jensen’s sales efforts, leading the $140 million company into its sixth decade of conducting business from its San Diego headquarters.
Sam Acuña - C.F.O.
Sam is a native of San Diego, with over 25 years of combined experience in the food & beverage (Cantare Foods), pharmaceutical (Merck KGaA) and electronic (HP & Curtiss-Wright) industries all in the manufacturing and food processing sector.
"What I learned in the manufacturing and processing environment, that it essential to implement and maintain a reliable real time system (ERP) in order to manager and project the business. Especially when working with commodities and reveals cost efficiencies within your production environment".
Sam holds a BS in business administration from SDSU.
Jeff M. Duran
Jeff M. Duran - V.P. Logistics
Jeff has been employed with Jensen Meat Co. for 18 years and in the food manufacturing industry with companies such as Michael Angelo’s Gourmet Foods for a combined total of 26 years. Born and raised in Southern CA. Jeff attended and graduated from San Marcos High School.
Married for 25 years with 1 Son. Relocated to Round Rock TX. (Located outside of Austin TX.) For 2 years with previous employer and moved back to Escondido CA. 92025. Job duties consist of overseeing all aspects of shipping & receiving department, and logistics at Jensen Meat Co.
“In working in the food manufacturing industry I have learned that planning and preparation is essential in the overall efficiency and success of any company.”
He enjoys spending time with family and staying physically active, exercising and outdoor
activities. Jeff is an avid sports fan and enjoys watching his San Diego Chargers.
V.P. of Production
Anthony Crivello - V.P. of Production
Anthony has been with Jensen Meat Company since 1987 (27 years). He was born and raised in San Diego and attended the University of San Diego.
"Since college the meat business is all I have ever known. From driving a truck, working in the warehouse, working in production, as production supervisor, also as production manager, operations and finally as VP of production."
His duties at Jensen include food safety, planning, scheduling, research, development and always thinking of ways to increase quality and efficiency. The goals of his department are to produce a safe and high quality product (efficiently), while keeping the employees happy and most of all safe.
Edmundo Garcia - Production Manager
I first started working with Jensen Meat as a meat packer in 1977, when the company mainly supplied local restaurants. I have served as a supervisor and now the production Manager.
Both Jensen Meat and the industry have changed a great deal since my first introduction, for example our production capacity has gone from 500 pounds a day to almost 300,000 pound a day with modern techniques and technology. But our commitment to quality and our clients have been the foundation of our success.
In my free time I enjoy spending time with my grandkids and enjoying a good game.
Quality Assurance Manager
Cecilia Moncada - Quality Assurance Manager
Cecilia possesses a wealth of knowledge from her years working in the U.S. and internationally with Heinz, Sunrise Growers Inc. and Global Team Consultores, a company she owned and directed in Latin America. She holds a Master’s degree in Quality and Productivity from Universidad Tecnologica del Centro, Guacara and has a number of certifications, including ASQ, ASQ Green Belt, HACCP, Six Sigma and LEED Manufacturing.
Cecilia has been Jensen’s QA Manager since early 2015, where she is tasked with boosting revenue by instituting new systems to optimize production and ensure food safety.
“Jensen understands consumer needs and allows me to work with the team to implement changes to improve efficiency and quality of products within a matter of days – instead of months.”
Javier J. Casanova
Buyer Planner Manager
Javier J. Casanova - Buyer Planner Manager
Javier has been in the industry for over 15 years with combined experience in food & beverage and manufacturing. His journey started in the restaurant industry as a cook and later as a waiter. He moved to warehouse and inventory management in the gaming industry, Semiconductor Industry, and nursery, after a few years an opportunity arose to work in purchasing, and with this he got involved in planning (Jensen) in food manufacturing.
Javier has always had a passion for food and after being in different industries he has learn that the food industry is very stable and here to stay since everybody needs food. All his experience comes from hands on. He is a loving and proud husband and father of four (3 teenage girls and a 6 year old boy).
Jose C. Valencia Sr.
Director of Human Resources
Jose C. Valencia Sr. - Director of Human Resources
I have been in HR close to 27 years. I grew up in Tijuana Mexico where I received my BA in Business Management.
In 1987 I moved to San Diego to pursue my MBA with emphasis in Finance. I have been in seven different industries (mostly manufacturing) from Aerospace to Shoes, to Golf and lately for the past twelve years in food manufacturing at Jensen Meat.
I have had the opportunity to see the growth and changes within the company. The last five years have been the best years here and also the most fun to be in a company and industry that challenge the economy; while the country was suffering here at Jensen things were booming. The values of the human resource department are very simple: treat people with dignity and respect and make sure we value inclusion. My goal is to become the employer of choice here in Otay and maybe one of the best in San Diego.
Business Development Manager, Retail
Jaime Ramirez - Business Development Manager, Retail
Jaime, a bicultural Tijuana/San Diego native with dual citizenship, joined Jensen in 2015 following nearly two decades in the retail and consumer packaged goods industry, where he accumulated international trade experience – from operations through final retail product.
Jaime’s experience includes Ready Pac Food (Southwest Regional Sales Manager), Altar Produce (Commodity Sales Manager) and Importaciones y Exportanciones (International Sales Manager), where he worked with companies like Walmart, Costco and Smart & Final.
Jaime and his wife are raising three boys, he’s a community volunteer in youth soccer, football, racquetball and swimming, and he coached his son’s baseball team that represented the West in the 2015 Little League World Series.