Today, Hilltop Ranch is one of the largest privately owned processors of almonds, handling about 30,000 tons annually and shipping to buyers in over 70 countries. With certification by the British Retail Consortium, customers can be assured that Hilltop Ranch complies with global standards for food safety.
Dave is the co-founder of Hilltop Ranch. His background was in construction and engineering before he became an almond handler and grower in the early 1980s. Dave was privileged to serve for six years as an elected director of the Almond Board of California, serving on the Administration and Finance Committee, the Reserve Committee and the Quality Control Committee. Dave was a long-time director of the Eastside Water District in Merced and Stanislaus counties. In 2009, he was elected to the Merced Irrigation District Board of Directors.
Christine is the co-founder of Hilltop Ranch. She plays a critical role in making sure the company runs smoothly and efficiently as a board member, and office and logistics administrator. In February 2008, Christine was selected to serve as Chairwoman of the Almond Board of California.
Dexter’s lifelong involvement with Hilltop Ranch began as a young man sweeping floors when he was a student. By 1998, he was managing both the Huller/Sheller Plant and the Sorting Plant. In 2003, Dexter became Vice President of Operations. In 2010, he was named Vice President and General Manager of Hilltop Ranch, and in February 2012, he was elected to a three-year seat on the Almond Board of California.
Brad grew up on an almond ranch and was a partner in an almond harvesting business for several years before returning to California State University, Stanislaus, where he earned a degree in accounting and finance. He worked for many years in the construction and construction supply industries before returning to the almond industry that he so enjoys.
Like many members of the Hilltop family, Adam was born and raised in the Central Valley with an agricultural background, specifically in the almond industry. Growing up, Adam’s family farmed almonds and also owned a packing and huller company until 1996. Adam ran his own business for 15 years prior to joining Hilltop Ranch.
Rich was raised in the Central Valley, with family roots in almonds, peaches, and walnuts. His experience in farm management of row crops and orchards, as well as ag equipment sales early in his career, gives him a wide view of valley agriculture as well as the particular concerns of almond growers. With a degree from CSU Stanislaus and a blend of practical and professional experience including certification as a private applicator, Rich Miller brings unique insights to grower relations for Hilltop Ranch.
University degrees in Ag Management and Economics from UC Santa Barbara, and a career serving grower interests – John coordinates supply-side activities.
Matt started his career in fresh produce and the walnut industry, working for a large grower, packer, shipper out of Linden, CA. He then transitioned into trading almonds and Walnuts for one of the largest trading companies in California. Matt joined Hilltop in November of 2015 going back to his roots, handling sales for a grower, packer, and shipper. He brings extensive knowledge and understanding of the domestic and export markets and large volume buyers.
California produces 70% of the world’s almonds, and Hilltop Ranch, Inc. is one of it’s fastest growing almond processors – numbered among a very few dynamic handlers who together ship 75% of the California almond crop.