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Company chief participates in Startup Weekend

Source: VCSTAR.COM | April 26, 2017

Reiter Affiliated Companies Executive Chairman Garland Reiter participated in the recent Startup Weekend Ventura County as a member of the judging panel alongside other CEOs and industry leaders.

Startup Weekend was held April 21-23 at Rancho Campana High School in Camarillo. It’s a joint effort between the public and private sector to create high paying jobs by encouraging, promoting and facilitating technology startups.

“I’m excited to be part of an event that inspires forward-thinking and innovative solutions to current industry challenges,” Reiter said. “Challenges like a decreasing labor force, evolving California labor law and lack of affordable farm worker housing have impacted Agriculture over the years. Through Startup Weekend Ventura County, we hope to bridge the gap between visionaries and agriculture businesses so that we can create the future of farming.”

The inaugural event took place in March 2016 and attracted more than 70 entrepreneurs. This year, the industries of focus were health care and agriculture.

Oxnard-based Reiter Affiliated Companies is the largest fresh multi-berry producer in the world, growing Driscoll’s proprietary varieties of strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries year round in the United States, Baja California, Central Mexico, Portugal, Morocco and Peru.