Like many that grew up in a farming family, West Mathison earned his first job at an astonishingly early age. At six, he was tasked with making and serving cookies and coffee to the orchard crews during their breaks! The older West got, the more his responsibilities grew, and soon enough he found himself fulfilling various roles in the family’s fruit packing business at Stemilt.
In 2005, West, a fifth generation farmer, was handed the reigns to Stemilt by his grandfather and the company’s late founder, Tom Mathison. He became president of the company at the young age of 28. Now, over a decade later, West continues to carry on the traditions his grandfather began, while also driving growth at Stemilt for the future.
May it be through continuous improvement and seeking out new varieties consumers like yourself will love, or creating a work culture that encourages humility and integrity, West is constantly working towards delighting consumers and cultivating people. He is devoted to breaking the cycle of poverty in agriculture communities and strives to create an environment at Stemilt that promotes happiness and health for team members and their families.