Sweet Potatoes California
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As a leading sweet potato packer, shipper and grower, we wear many hats. The entire staff at A.V. Thomas Produce strives for quality in the produce industry as a farming business, fresh food processor and produce supplier of conventional and organic sweet potatoes and yams.

Meet the Team

Manuel Eduardo Vieira - Owner/President
I was born on the island of Pico, Azores. I immigrated to Brazil when I was 17 years old, where I completed my business degree. I am married to Laurinda Vieira and have three children. In 1972, I moved my family to the United States, where I started to work for my uncle, Antonio Vieira Tomas. In 1977 I had the great opportunity to buy his company and today my two sons take great responsibility in assisting me run the business while my daughter is a high school teacher. I'm very proud of these accomplishments and the continuing strides my family is making. I invite you to join us for a great business relationship!
Rick Vieira - Vice President Farming Division
I was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I came to the United States when I was five years old. I am the oldest of the Vieira kids. I have worked for A.V.Thomas Produce since 1984. I began by working in the packing shed and slowly learned the farming process. I am now the Vice President of the Farming Division and work hard daily to provide good quality yams for our customers.
Carlos Vieira - Vice President Packing and Sales Division
I was born in 1972 in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I was raised in the city of Livingston CA most of my life. I began working for A.V.Thomas Produce during the summer and after school. I began working full time in 1992. As the years passed, I learned a lot from my father. Today, I am the Vice President of Packing and Sales divisions.
E. Manuel Silva - "Junior"
Sales Manager
Jeremy Fookes
Retail Sales Specialist
Rosa Douglas
Brian Henrique Escobar
Director of Organic Operations
Billie McCauley
Office Manager/Accounting

Dana Miller
Accounting Assistant

Cruz Gutierrez
Packing Plant Supervisor
Mario Maldonado
Packing Plant Assistant

Frank Lucas
Food Safety & Security Coordinator
Griselda Lizarraga
Administrative Assistant
Laura Machuca
Administrative Assistant
Esmeralda Sigala
Shipping Clerk

Josefinia Ruiz
Jorge Guiterrez
Field Supervisor
Jose Silveira Rodrigues
Container Maintenance
Hector Menchaca
Mayra Angel Franco
Microwave Dept. Supervisor
Rosalinda Franco
Bags & Specialized Packaging
Plant 2 Supervisor

P.O. Box 286 Livingston CA 95334  
3900 Sultana Drive, Atwater, CA 95301-9605  
Phone (209) 394-7514 or Toll Free (800) 433-7997