Markon inspectors are an invaluable part of what we do here at Markon. Our full-time inspection staff literally walks the fields of our growers six days a week to ensure what you receive is what you expect. They check product quality, size and weight specifications, growing conditions, weather patterns, worker welfare, and overall sanitation. They visit cold rooms to inspect post-harvest storage temperatures, processing plants to review critical-control points, and shipping facilities to oversee loading. They are your eyes and ears, or rather, Boots in the Field®.
Put yourself in our shoes – walk the fields with a Markon inspector and see how only the finest quality is packed into your Markon First Crop® and Ready-Set-Serve® orders.
Meet Our Markon Inspectors
Quality Assurance Director
John Galvez, Markon’s Quality Assurance Director, has been with the company for over 20 years. He has developed strong relationships with Markon growers and their staff, ensuring that the 5-Star Food Safety® Program standards are upheld and that the finest quality is packed in Markon First Crop and Ready-Set-Serve cartons. Because of his extensive knowledge of Markon products, John also conducts many field tours for member customers and foodservice operators that visit the various growing regions. Like all Markon inspectors, John lives part of the year in the Salinas, California area, then moves with the harvest to Huron, California, and finally down to Yuma, Arizona. In his personal life, John is an accomplished musician that enjoys playing his guitar and spending time with his wife and two children.
A native of Yuma and graduate of Arizona Western College, Cristo has a solid Quality Assurance and Food Safety background working with some of our most valued suppliers. What he loves most about his role in the industry is interacting with hard working people and contributing to the delivery of great quality products to the consumer. In his free time, Cristo enjoys being with his family and friends.
Cesar Prado Jr.
Cesar Prado Jr. grew up in both Yuma and Salinas as the son of parents in the agricultural industry. Cesar is bilingual and has worked with some of our most valued suppliers for over six years spending a short time in production before moving to receiving where he measured and verified the accuracy of raw product weight, communicated with food safety to ensure product information approval, and worked closely with logistics to authenticate shipments under federal standards. Off the clock he enjoys working and playing with radio control cars, going to the cinema, and spending time with wife and family.