Allied Grape Growers hires Tim Mendonca; Promotes Karl Lehman, Chad Clark and Kevin Rogers

Tim Mendonca
Tim Mendonca

FRESNO, July 8, 2022 – Allied Grape Growers (AGG) has appointed Tim Mendonca as a full-time Grower Relations Representative in the Central Valley. It will cover the east side of Fresno County and the area south of the highway. 180 to Kern County. As a member of the Grower Relations team, Mendonca will be responsible for liaising with association members and growers and facilitating grape deliveries on association contracts.

Mendonca comes to AGG with over a decade of industry experience. He graduated from Fresno State in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in viticulture, then worked for Agajanian Vineyards and Vie-Del Company. Along with his formal education and experience working with local grape buyers, Mendonca earned his Certified Pest Advisor (PCA) license. He is president of the Fresno State Viticulture Alumni Association and served as an alternate on the advisory board for the grape inspection program.

“We are thrilled to welcome Tim to the dedicated AGG family,” said AGG President Jeff Bitter. “With his degree in viticulture, experience in the wine industry and expertise in pest control, he has the right combination of knowledge and experience to benefit AGG for years to come. Tim is a great addition to our team.

Mendonca said, “I look forward to working with the staff and producers at AGG to help achieve our unified goals and objectives. It’s great to be part of the team I’ve always enjoyed doing business with in the past.

Staff promotions

AGG promoted Karl Lehman from director to director of Central Valley operations and Chad Clark from director to director of North Coast operations. Lehman has been with AGG since 2006 and Clark since 2010. Additionally, Kevin Rogers has been promoted from North Coast Grower Relations to North Coast Grower and Buyer Relations Manager. He has worked at AGG since 2016.

“Karl, Chad and Kevin have all been incredible assets to AGG for many years and are committed to the success of our members,” said Bitter. “We are proud of their hard work, dedication and leadership.

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