Fred is owner of the Lagomarsino Group, which encompasses several real estate investment, management and farming companies. The Lagomarsino Group companies are owners, part owners or developers of numerous multi-tenant office buildings, commercial and industrial buildings, retail and residential properties and ranch lands throughout the western U.S. Fred is actively involved in master-planning and developing projects in the Southern San Joaquin Valley area, including the 600-acre “Del Lago” community in Tulare.
Fred is part of a farming family operating in Tulare County since 1889. He is a graduate of the University of California at Davis with a bachelor’s degree in fermentation science. For the past 35 years, Fred has engaged in growing numerous commodities, including table grapes, wine grapes, cherries, blueberries, pluots and almonds, as an owner and manager of the Lagomarsino Group’s farming operations.
Fred has presided over and served on the board of directors of many agricultural organizations, including the California Table Grape Commission, the California Apple Commission, the California Association of Winegrape Growers and the California Cherry Growers Association. Fred is a member of the Government Relations Committee for the California Grape and Tree Fruit League as is a past member of the Agricultural Task Force for Resource Conservation and Economic Growth in the San Joaquin Valley.
Fred is a graduate of Class XIX of the California Agricultural Leadership Program, and is a past president and director of the Agricultural Leadership Alumni. He is the past chairman of the board of the Agricultural Education Foundation, which funds and administers the California Agricultural Leadership Program. In his community, Fred is a past president of the Tulare County Economic Development Corporation, and past president for each Visalia County Center Rotary, Visalia Education Foundation, and College of Sequoias Foundation.
Chief Financial Officer
Matt is the Chief Financial Officer for the Lagomarsino Group and is responsible for the financial accounting, management, and reporting of all its agricultural activities. He has been in agriculture his entire life, being raised on a dairy farm and spending his teenage summers working for a fruit grower and packer in Kings County. Matt graduated magna cum laude while earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in accounting at California State University, Fresno, and is a lifetime member of the Beta Gamma Sigma honor society.
Matt is a 30-year Certified Public Accountant who began his professional career with Arthur Young and Company, at the time one of the “Big 8” international accounting firms. He then served as the controller for a large, diversified farming operation based on the San Joaquin Valley’s “Westside” that was a grower, packer and shipper of fresh produce as well as a producer of row crops and dairy. Next, he served as the CFO/controller of a vertically integrated fresh fruit grower/packer/shipper in Fresno County prior to joining the Lagomarsino Group in 1996. Matt is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Director of Ag Operations
Briana directs the employee and food safety programs for the company’s farming and packing operations, as well as online marketing for Lagomarsino Group. She is directly involved in the Blueberry packing operation along with the Niabell Grape packing and sales. At age 16, she became the 5th generation of her family to work for the company.
Briana earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications from San Diego State University, just prior to joining the firm full time in 2007.
Jeff is responsible for the day-to-day processing of financial transactions and financial reporting for the farming operations. He prepares the annual farming budgets, manages the farming payroll and assists with tax return preparation of the farming entities.
Jeff was born and raised in Tulare, CA and is part of a family with a long and rich history in the area. He attended Cal Poly University in San Luis Obispo, CA and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in both Accounting and Finance.
Jeff began his career in public accounting and later became the controller for a farming/trucking operation located in Corcoran, CA. He most recently worked for an alternative energy startup entity producing ethanol out of Goshen, CA before joining the Lagomarsino Group in 2008.
Jeff currently serves on the Board of Directors for The Boys & Girls Club of the Sequoias, which serves all of Tulare County, and also serves on the board of St. Aloysius School.
Director of Farm Managment
I have been involved in the farming industry for many years, from tree fruit, table grapes and blueberries; I’ve come to learn a vast variety of fruits. My name is Saul Acosta, and I first came into farming from my father before me who taught me all he knew, but my professional career did not begin until age 20 in 1985. After 28 years of experience I have worked for three major corporations in the agricultural industry, such as Gerawan Farming, Ballantine Produce and Munger Farms.
After the start of my career at Gerawan Farming I picked up invaluable knowledge and experience that serves me to this day. Soon after that, I began to take on new challenges from other companies; Ballantine Produce and Munger Farms. Although the two were very different from one another in the sense of produce, I welcomed the new challenge and took it head on. Ballantine had dealt with produce I was familiar with such as tree fruit; however Munger Farms proposed a unique challenge with the blueberries and pistachios which I was less familiar with. Nevertheless I came out of the company with more knowledge than I had began with, which benefited me that much more.
My success has been attributed to my dedication and perseverance to stride for perfection in all that I do. As the years went on, I was never content with what I knew; I was always listening and trying to learn more. Whether it would be a new pesticide that repels better, or a completely new farming technique, I trusted my knowledge and experience to guide me. The seriousness I put towards my job was how I was able to succeed. Farming has always been my passion.