Cassandra graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a degree in Agricultural System Management focused in irrigation. While attending school she worked for an agricultural irrigation company assisting with irrigation design and managing installation projects. After graduation she ran all store operations for multiple locations along the central coast as well as doing irrigation designs for larger projects. Cassandra has always been most interested in substrate growing and automation. Coming from a younger generation, she sees the need for agriculture to become more automated and is eager to help growers attain those goals. Her experience has allowed her to pursue her passion for design and installation of automated irrigation systems, focusing mainly on substrate and greenhouse applications.
Frank attended Cal Poly for Computer Science and has a history of technical and computer based skills. He began working in the agriculture industry in 2006 managing a local irrigation dealership in the Salinas Valley. Later he began doing sales and design both locally in Salinas and expanding down into Santa Maria and Oxnard. His dedication to doing what is best for the grower has allowed for him to build long term relationships built on mutual trust with his customers. This has been very helpful as Frank helps growers transition from conventional farming practices to the future of technology and automation. His background in computer science has allowed for him to lead the way for integrating technology with agriculture while his reputation lets his growers know that they will be supported every step of the way throughout the transition and learning process.
Eder graduated from California State University Monterey Bay with a degree in Business focused in Agriculture. He began working for a local irrigation dealership in the Salinas Valley where he gained extensive knowledge in all aspects of the agriculture irrigation industry by working his way up through the company. He eventually moved to manage a new location in Santa Maria where he quickly realized that his passion was in sales and providing excellent customer service. He focuses mainly on the Salinas Valley and San Jose area where he helps growers by designing and installing efficient irrigation systems that will allow for future growth into automation. Eder is excited about what the future of technology will bring to agriculture and looks to help growers achieve those long-term goals.
Josh graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a degree in Agricultural System Management. During and after college, he worked for a local irrigation district concentrating on compliances for state regulations which led into open channel automation. With interest and drive to learn more about automation, Josh worked for an international canal automation company as an engineer in Mexico and the Mid-Western United States. After working with farmers on automated alfalfa valves and flood gates, Josh realized he wanted to work more with growers instead of state and federal projects. Taking the knowledge of large-scale, gravity fed automated irrigation systems, Josh began working for IDC and implementing automation methods with large-scale drip irrigation systems. He focuses primarily in the Central Valley area around the Dos Palos branch designing and installing automated irrigation systems to simply reduce labor and increase yield.
Ron attended San Joaquin Delta College for Mechanical Engineering. In 2003, while attending school, Ron began drafting for a local irrigation dealer. Shortly after in 2004, Ron became an employee of IDC as head of the Design Department. During his eight years in this position Ron became a Certified Irrigation Designer, specializing in Drip Micro and became a Certified Agricultural Irrigation Specialist. Ron eventually transferred into running the Purchasing Department for all IDC locations. With 15 years of experience working in the Agricultural Industry, Ron is excited for what the future has in store. He is looking forward to combining Agricultural Farming with Automation, and working with farmers to install efficient and reliable irrigation systems.
Ryan Pehle graduated from Cal Poly with a BS degree in Agricultural Systems Management, and a Minor in Agribusiness. Growing up in Siskiyou County California, Ryan has always had a passion for agriculture. His background started with 4-H and FFA projects while also assisting with the family’s Angus Cattle Operation, and alfalfa hay crops. While in school Ryan worked for the BioResource and Ag Engineering department as a student shop tech, and with the Irrigation Training and Research Center (ITRC) as a student engineering technician. Over the last six years Ryan has gained valuable experience in all aspects of irrigation from retail operations, to in-field automation and project management while working as a manager for a large irrigation sales and service company on the Central Coast of California. Ryan’s knowledge and understanding of various ag systems allows him to connect with the customers and find a best solution for any application.