Dana Thomas

Dana Thomas

President and CEO

Dana has spent over thirty-six years in the avocado business working in production, packing, sales, marketing and general management. He has served as President and CEO of Index Fresh since 1996.

 

 

Telephone: (909) 877-0999 Mobile: (909) 224-2939 Email: dthomas@indexfresh.com
Merrill Causey

Merrill Causey

Chief Financial Officer

Merrill has over 25 years experience in produce, having worked in the operations side of the business as well as the financial management.  His career has ranged from loading and unloading trucks to managing the financial aspects of organizations in the public and private sectors.

He is a Certified Public Accountant with a membership in the American Institute of certified Public Accountants and a Global Certified Management Accountant.   His certifications and practical experience have been supported by an advanced business degree and post graduate studies.

He has been with Index Fresh since 2005 as Chief Financial Officer.

Telephone: (909) 877-0999 ext. 228 Mobile: (909) 953-6370 Fax: (909) 877-1999 Email: mcausey@indexfresh.com
Todd Elder

Todd Elder

VP of Sales and Marketing

Todd grew up in the produce business and began his career as a teenager, with his father in banana sales. Through the years, Todd has also sold avocados, Asian pears, grapes, kiwis, cantaloupes, stone fruits, mangoes and tomatoes. Todd is responsible for our day-to-day sales operations, as well as long-range planning and strategy. He has been with Index Fresh since 1996.

Telephone: (909) 877-1577 ext. 232 Mobile: (909) 724-1208 Fax: (909) 877-0495 Email: telder@indexfresh.com
Giovanni Cavaletto

Giovanni Cavaletto

VP of Sourcing

Giovanni’s great-grandparents came to California at the turn of the twentieth century and farmed in Santa Barbara County. He grew up on an avocado and lemon farm in Nipomo where he also leased and developed orchards.  Giovanni worked as Index’s representative in Urapan and Michoacan, Mexico during the mid 1990s.  He has served as an Index field representative and currently is Vice-President of Sourcing, traveling throughout the growing regions of California and Latin America.  His practical experience is supported by advanced degrees in both agriculture and business. Giovanni’s understanding of agriculture, grower’s challenges and the greater avocado industry is a tremendous asset to growers and trading partners.

Telephone: (909) 289-7731 Email: gcavaletto@indexfresh.com
Luis Avila

Luis Avila

Director of Production

Luis has over 15 years of experience in the food industry. He has managed Demand Planning, Production and Distribution departments in small and large companies.

He has been with Index Fresh since 2013

Telephone: (909) 877-0999 ext. 248 Mobile: (909) 685-6615 Email: lavila@indexfresh.com
Nora Cortez

Nora Cortez

Director of Human Resources

Nora joined Index Fresh in July of 2016.  She brings over 20 years of experience in Human Resources management in manufacturing. In addition to Human Resources, Nora is experienced in Organizational Development, Health & Safety and Compliance.

Nora’s practical experience is supported by her business degree and certifications as Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP).  As Director of Human Resources she is focused on the company’s commitment to nurture the growth of Index Fresh and its employees.

Telephone: (909) 877-0999 Ext. 274 Mobile: (951) 367-7151 Fax: (909) 877-1999 Email: ncortez@indexfresh.com