Management

Pete Taggares IV

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Taggares is a fourth-generation member of the Taggares family and experienced farming first-hand at Snake River Vineyards and on many other farms controlled by the Taggares family. In his youth, Mr. Taggares forged many long-term relationships in the Pacific Northwest farming community.

He brings to the company varied finance, development and risk management experience from agriculture, international business, energy and land development industries.

From January 2012 to January 2013, Mr. Taggares was responsible for Enterprise Risk Management at Energy Northwest, which is a Joint Operating Agency that owns and operates four electricity generating stations in the Pacific Northwest. Between August 2008 and January 2012, Mr. Taggares served as Vice President of Business Development at Global Hospitality Investments, a private company that managed luxury hotels and develops master plan communities in Acapulco, Mexico and Hamilton, Bermuda.

Mr. Taggares holds a bachelor of arts in business and finance from the University of Washington, where he graduated with honors/cum laude, and an MBA from Arizona State University.

Jason Schlagel

Chief Agriculture Officer

Jason Schlagel was born into a farming family and grew up in a small, Eastern Washington agricultural community. At a young age he would work alongside his grandfather in their apple orchards, learning the value of hard work and creating something from the earth. He knew early on that agriculture wasn’t just a career he wanted to pursue, it was part of who he was.

From 2006 to 2012, Jason worked at Ste. Michelle as a Viticulturist for the Horse Heaven Hills AVA. Shortly after taking over viticulture responsibilities for the Horse Heaven Hills, Jason enrolled in the Washington State AgForestry Leadership program and is a graduate of class 32 of that program.

From 2012 to 2015, Jason worked for Wahluke Wine Company/Milbrandt Vineyards procuring fruit for the winery along with consulting with vineyard management on high end viticulture practices and sales.

Jason currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers, as well as several of their committees. Jason studied at Washington State University where he earned a B.S. in Horticulture with a minor in Agricultural Economics.

Keri Howard

Chief Financial Officer

Keri Howard brings to Taggares Fruit Company, both private and public accounting experiences. Keri has work experiences ranging from a public bio-technology company to a variety of public and private industries while working for a public accounting firm.

Between August 2008 and April 2012, Keri worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers, a worldwide public accounting firm. When Keri left the firm she was working as a Senior Associate in the Seattle Audit department. From April 2012 to December 2014, Keri worked at IsoRay Medical, Inc., a public bio-technology company in Richland, Washington. She was responsible for the day to day accounting transactions, including the month-end close, financial reporting to the Board of Directors, SEC internal controls, and other SEC reporting requirements while working under the direction of the CFO at IsoRay Medical, Inc.

Keri graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a major in Accounting and also graduated with her Master’s Degree in Accounting from Gonzaga University in 2007 and 2008, respectively. Subsequent to graduating from college, Keri obtained her CPA license in the state of Washington.

Jenifer Siever

HR/Compliance Manager

Jen Siever offers integrity, knowledge, creativity and dedication to the Taggares Fruit family. Before moving to Eastern WA in 2013, Jen lead a successful Real Estate career in Phoenix, AZ, having been awarded several high honors, including Top Sales and Inventory Agent. In addition, Jen also has an extensive background in management, customer service and marketing, all of which have supplied her the tools and knowledge to effectively manage human resources and compliance at TFC.

In her free time, Jen enjoys spending time with her family, fishing, hiking and writing about herself in third person.

Peter Faucher

Farm Manager

Pete Faucher’s roots run deep within the Eastern Washington farming community. He has spent over 35 years growing a variety of crops including: Apples, Cherries, Peaches, Pears, Wine Grapes, Blueberries and Hops. For the past 28 years, Pete has been on the managing side of farming, with farms ranging from 200 acres all the way up to over 4500 acres. In the late 1980’s, he even managed a Hop Farm in Maidstone, England. Pete has experience in both conventional and organic growing methods. Pete was also the responsible person for naming the apple variety “Envy”.

With Pete’s vast experience in agriculture, along with his tremendous knowledge and people skills, TFC is very excited to have him on board as our Farm Manager.

Pete and his wife, Shelly, currently reside in the Tri-Cities. They have three grown children who were all born and raised in Eastern Washington. When he’s not busy on the farm, Pete enjoys the outdoors and spending time with friends and family.

Agustin Zaragoza

Orchard Manager

Agustin Zaragoza has been involved in the agriculture industry for over 20 years. He is experienced in all aspects of the growing and harvesting processes of cherries, apples, blueberries and grapes. Agriculture is his absolute passion. Agustin believes if you love your job, you then never work a day in your life. Agustin brings a lot to the table and is looking forward to his career here at TFC.

In his spare time, Agustin enjoys fishing, hunting, the outdoors and attending church. His wife and children are what keeps him motivated to always work hard. He believes that showing them through hard work and discipline, you can achieve anything.

Oscar Garcia

Irrigation Manager

Oscar Garcia was raised in a family of agricultural workers. He began working in the agriculture industry in 2000. During this time he learned about the thinning, picking and pruning practices of several different crops. This helped him gain the sufficient knowledge he needed to understand the mechanism of how an orchard is properly sustained.

He soon learned the growing practices of apples, cherries and blueberries, along with harvesting and fertilizing these crops. His career in agriculture began to blossom as he learned the ropes in managing employees and also irrigation systems. Shortly after this, he was involved in the development of new orchards, managing new irrigation install, and planting trees.

Oscar is excited to execute his knowledge and experiences to help TFC grow. He enjoys learning new things and is always up for a new challenge. Oscar is also fluent in both Spanish and English.

In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and children.

Toni Johnson

Staff Accountant

Toni Johnson brings with her over 30 years of accounting experience, the majority of which has been in the ag industry.  Toni’s various responsibilities have included annual budget preparation, monthly budget reconciliation, variance reports and forecasts, payroll tax reporting, accounts receivable and accounts payable.

Toni moved to the Columbia Basin in 1990 where she worked for Eppich Grain in Basin City.  She managed their accounts receivable and inventory, and maintained grower seed accounts, including receipt of incoming commodity and settlement payments.  Toni later went to work for Terra Gold Farms and she managed their accounts receivable, established and tracked crop inventory at harvest, and forecasted income based on gathered data and customer contracts.  She also monitored their fertilizer/chemical budget and prepared weekly budget reports.

During her tenure at Terra Gold Farms, Toni attended the 2007 Potato Industry Leadership Institute, which was an eight-day program held in Maine that took participants to a growing region where in-depth discussions were held on key industry issues and it concluded in Washington, D.C. for an overview on public policy issues and lobbying training.  The participants then met with their congressmen and representatives to discuss policy issues important to them.

Logan Janin

Operations Analyst

Logan grew up in Tri-Cities, WA and joined the Taggares Fruit team in 2016 while pursuing his degree at Washington State University. In 2017 he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a major in Operations Management and he became a full-time employee with TFC. Logan brings innovation, technical knowledge and consistency to the Taggares Fruit team. He leads the internal operations system, helps manage yearly budgets and intakes all invoices amidst various other tasks.

In his free time, Logan enjoys watching the Seattle Mariners play and spending time with his wiener dog, Marley.

Stephanie Rojas

HR/Compliance Specialist

Stephanie brings knowledge, integrity and strong interpersonal skills to the Taggares Fruit team. In 2017 she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Eastern Washington University, where she majored in Human Resource/Business Management and minored in International Business. Stephanie has a passion for people and enjoys working in the agriculture industry. She assists in many different areas for TFC including hiring, employee leave, safety and compliance and training.

In her free time, Stephanie enjoys spending time with her family and friends, watching basketball and doing hair.

Otis

Office Manager