SeaView Management Team
Dennis Jensen, President
Dennis Jensen is the consummate entrepreneur and purveyor of long-term business relationships. His career started in Orange County, California in construction and real estate development, where he served as general contractor for the multi-unit residential complexes that he developed and mapped and was a partner in several large-scale residential housing tracts.
When volatility complicated investments and partnerships, Dennis turned his time and attention to the family agriculture business, where he now devotes his full attention.
Dennis takes a hands-on approach, being in the field to observe progress and to identify new opportunities for the SeaView family of companies. He leads the firm in staying on top of industry advancements and changes in regulations and is active in the agricultural community, where he participates in industry forums.
When not on the ranch, Dennis is in the air. A pilot since the age of 16, Dennis enjoys the freedom and flexibility that flying allows. Dennis and his wife live in La Quinta, California, where they enjoy the desert, fine cuisine, and their three grown children and their families.
Don Bowden, General Manager
As General Manager, Don is responsible for efficiently growing and fiscally managing the business of the crops grown and managed by SeaView. With ultimate responsibility for planting, growing, harvesting, packing, farm management, grower relations, human resources and sales, Don focuses on building and mentoring a strong team. Identifying the right people and skill sets, allowing them to use their knowledge and expertise of the land and crops and managing to specific goals and objectives have strengthened the operations team since Don joined SeaView in 2016.
Growing up in a small farming community in Central California, Don has agriculture in his blood.
Initially interested in ornamentals, Don graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of California - Fresno, California.
His early professional experience included production and operations management with one of the largest rose nurseries in the country, where he learned and established best practices to improve yield while successfully negotiating and managing through challenging human resource capacity and wage issues. From ornamentals and herbs to vegetables and fruits, Don has learned that "a plant is a plant" and the five critical business drivers to any successful farming operation: labor, irrigation, fertilization, pesticides and harvesting.
Listening, collaborating and educating have become the hallmarks of Don Bowden's success in building strong operations teams. From his view, once the complexities of growing a "plant" are learned, the rest is teamwork.
Don and his wife now call the Coachella Valley home. After hours, when not visiting his adult children in Ventura County, Don can be found playing golf or working in the yard, where "it's my time to recharge".
Don Davis, Controller
Don Davis manages the business finances, providing insight into budgets and expenses that can directly affect a positive return on a season’s crop and yield. Finding his way to the Coachella Valley in 1996 from his native New Jersey, Don joined the team in 2008 after working for a national corporation, as an entrepreneur, and in privately-held businesses in various financial and accounting capacities.
Don uses his varied industry experience to lend best practices and insights into ranch and labor management, sales, and business development. His expertise as “the numbers man” brings financial perspective to our agricultural passion and validation to on-site practices. Don has been instrumental in implementing technology support, evaluating new initiatives, and quantifying agricultural practices, providing a fine-tuned return on investment picture for our customers.
La Quinta, California is home to Don, his wife, and their two daughters. Don exercises his passion for football as a referee at local high schools.
Manolo DuBon, Field Supervisor
Manolo DuBon is responsible for Field Operations for the 20+ ranches managed by Oasis Ranch Management. From planting through harvesting, he is responsible for the management of the various crops and field teams on each farm.
From crop nutrition and irrigation management to reading and understanding the nutritional values relating to soil, water and plant material, Manolo understands the science and the intricacies of growing crops. His experience in establishing Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and Global Food Safety (GFS), as well as implementing Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) programs supports his efforts in working with field teams to enhance the quality of crops grown on Oasis managed farms.
Born in San Salvador, Central America, Manolo earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Phytotechnology from the University of El Salvador, San Salvador. He subsequently earned a Post Graduate degree from University of Adelaide, South Australia in Crop Management.
Manolo's early career was spent in the coffee plantations of El Salvador, Guatemala, Costa Rica and Brazil where he learned the complexities of growing this special crop. His keen understanding of balancing soil, irrigation, fertilization and the environment has been the foundation for his ability to understand and work with other crops, such as avocados, citrus, fruits and dates.
After living in Australia, Central America and the Ventura County of Southern California, Manolo and his family see the Coachella Valley as another adventure, where the traffic is manageable and the people are friendly. He is especially enjoying exploring the Coachella Valley through his lens in amateur photography. The best is when he can capture some great shots and enjoy the view while sipping his favorite, coffee.
Sergio Zambrano, Packing House Manager
Sergio Zambrano has lived agriculture production his entire life. He is an expert in produce production from picking and packing to shipping and inventory. From his first job in a citrus packing house to production positions in local and regional orchards and packing facilities through responsibilities as Facility Manager for a large citrus producer, Sergio is proficient in managing a wide range of crops. He is known for his knowledge of the care needed for high quality and yields.
Sergio has worked with organically grown crops and in high production facilities that focus on quickly receiving, shipping and turning inventory while optimizing both grower return and customer satisfaction. His production experience allows Sea View to manage a large range of crops and fields and respond to the increased demand for packing services.
As Packing House Manager, Sergio is responsible for coordinating the harvesting and picking, managing the grading and packing, processing shipping and special requests and maintaining the inventory. He is committed to delivering the quality, yield and consistency that continue to be the hallmarks of Sea View Packing while helping to develop and serve new customers.
Sergio resides in La Quinta, where he enjoys spending his leisure-time bicycling, jogging, hiking and swimming.
Jim Stafford, Grower Relations
Jim Stafford is responsible for Grower Relations for SeaView. With capacity in cooling, storage, packing and sales along with farm management capabilities, Jim works to introduce the many services that SeaView can offer to independent growers.
Initially managing farm operations for SeaView for three years, Jim worked with field teams to improve utilization and fruit quality. From his perspective, the trees are "SeaView's babies" that need to be kept clean, watered and fed regularly in order to thrive. From ensuring that traceability and fruit safety are part of standard operating procedures to changing water schedules that maximized fertilization and the nutritional value of fruits to timely harvesting, Jim has worked with the team to increase quality and maximize yield.
Raised in Northern California's agricultural basket, Jim has a Bachelor of Science degree in Farm Management from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, California.
His early career experience includes working in a co-op environment, farm management and at a firm with multiple fresh citrus packing houses where he was responsible for grower relations. With his first-hand knowledge of SeaView's operations and capacity, it's a natural fit for Jim to work with growers to introduce the benefits of SeaView's storage, grading, packing and sales services.
Jim and his wife are empty nesters and enjoy traveling, when time permits. Their passion is hunting and fishing in their native Northern California and spending time in Alaska and Canada.