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Fred P. LoBue, Jr., Chairman of the Board
Like all the children of Fred LoBue, Sr., Fred grew up on one of the family orange groves, working there or in the packing house during summers and on school vacations. Fred began his career at LoBue in 1962 as an accounting assistant and (other than two years of military service) has worked at LoBue ever since. In 1996, when President Mario LoBue passed away, Fred assumed the titles of president and chief financial officer. Major innovations instituted by Fred during his tenure include computerizing grower reporting, sales and accounting systems; implementing a modern personnel management system; and developing an accelerated grower payment program. Fred represents LoBue Bros. in many industry organizations and trade associations. He is also involved in a number of community service efforts and serves on the board of a community bank. Fred holds a B.S. in Industrial Management from San Jose State University.
Philip R. LoBue, President and CEO
After graduating from the University of California, Davis in 1970 with a B.A. in Agriculture Business Management, Phil went on to earn an M.A. in Economics from North Carolina State. In 1972, he started working on LoBue’s new juice processing venture, now called California Citrus Producers, Inc. (CCPI). As vice president and general manager of the venture, he took the operation from start up to industry innovator, providing customers and partners alike with superior service and exceptional juice returns. In 1999, with the passing of LoBue Bros.’ long time general manager, G.A. Wollenman, he assumed responsibility for day-to-day operations of LoBue. Phil is eldest son of co-founder Mario LoBue.
Ron Lacey, Vice President & Marketing Consultant
After working in law enforcement for the U.S. government, Ron joined LoBue in 1980 in plant operations. In 1984, he began working with Joe LoBue in the sales department and soon assumed responsibility for day-to-day domestic sales. A stickler for customer service, Ron is also recognized as an innovator in developing and negotiating long-term, pre-sell programs. Ron has a B.A. in Criminology from California State University, Fresno. His late wife, Phyllis, was the daughter of co-founder Fred LoBue, Sr.
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Joe LoBue, Vice President of Marketing
With nearly 30 years’ experience, Joe is widely recognized as an expert in marketing California oranges. After graduating from Cal Poly Pomona with a B.A. in Fruit Industries, Joe joined LoBue to work in plant operations, which included stints as shipping and packing supervisor. In 1974, he became the company’s sole sales representative, where he built a reputation for integrity with customers. In the late 70s, Joe became a pioneer in developing the Japanese export market, and he continues to maintain an extensive export program. In addition to serving as director of marketing, Joe oversees a sales staff and support personnel.
Robert S. LoBue, General Manager of LoBue Farms
Robert was appointed general manager in 1980. He directly oversees all aspects of farm management, including financial and technical, as well as labor relations. Through his efforts at property acquisition and development, the family’s total citrus acreage has nearly doubled during his tenure. Robert has also been involved in numerous industry associations and commissions. He earned a B.A. in Agricultural Business Management from University of California, Davis. After graduating in 1973, he worked for the Federal Land Bank as an appraiser and loan officer. In 1977 he joined the family operation, first in the packing house and later assuming various farming duties from Fred LoBue, Sr. Robert is the son of LoBue Bros. co-founder, Mario LoBue.
Roxanne LoBue, Controller
Alexandra Moreno, Director of Human Resources
Jennifer Nunes, Assistant Sales Coordinator
Kathy Poyner, Receptionist