Steve Mangapit on Driving Operational Excellence in 2022

Name: Steve Mangapit Title: Chief Operating Officer

Family: Married to my wife, Chau, with 2 children: Audrey (5 years old) and Thomas (8 months old). Favorite TV Show: Succession. It’s a good example of the company culture you don’t want to have. Preferred Podcast: The Rewatchables (a podcast discussing must-see movies) Hobbies: Basketball. Golf. Hiking. Spending time with family. Favorite App: Twitter Role Model: My Grandfather. I always admired how he treats people, his attitude toward life and how he puts family first. Weekend Getaway: We have a cabin in Big Bear and go there regularly in the winter and spring. Proudest Home Project: I dabble in woodworking projects, and the coolest thing I’ve built has been a massive pegboard wall with movable shelves. Fun Fact: I’m a big fan of “The Office” and won a charity raffle to have actor Steve Carell do my son’s baby announcement and gender reveal.

W ielding more than 20 years of experience, business mogul Steve Mangapit steps in as Western Growers (WG) first Chief Operating Officer. He focuses on advancing and elevating operational efficiencies, improvements and innovations throughout the Western Growers Family of Companies. Can you share a snapshot of your professional background? When I was younger, I was a hotshot with data and analytics. I started in the business back when I lived in Las Vegas, cutting my teeth on reporting and financial reporting. I was very adept with the technical side of things. As I have gotten older and grown in my career, my strength has become in operations, strategy, leadership and communications. Q A


Looking back at your career collectively, what are you most proud of? I am most proud of the people that I have mentored and helped further their careers—those who I have seen develop, get promoted and grow into leadership positions. Throughout my career, I’ve won big contracts, achieved goals and earned bonuses, but at the end of the day, what really excites me is seeing people be successful. This is the flashlight of my accomplishments. What are your priorities this first year? I started on January 1 and plan on focusing on two priorities in 2022: 1. Strengthening WG Assurance Trust (WGAT) by bringing in more efficiencies, making sure its competitive and innovating new processes to further bring value to customers. 2. Enhancing our own team by ensuring we have the right tools and training for all of our staff to efficiently help customers.




Western Grower & Shipper | www.wga.com

Made with FlippingBook - Online magazine maker