Steve Barnard is an esteemed agribusiness veteran and the founder of Mission Produce, the largest avocado distributor, packer and grower worldwide. Mission Produce services retail, wholesale and foodservice customers in over 25 countries around the globe.
At Butler University, he serves as Professor of Sociology. His courses include Deviance and Social Control, Popular Culture, and an edition of Social World 200 dedicated to Media.
Early Life and Education
Peridot dispatches an infiltrated Ruby to meet with them at the barn, prompting Lapis and Steven to interrogate her while Lapis defends herself by returning it back into its world.
Peridot can’t hide her excitement at sharing the barn with Lapis and is sure that they’ll become fast friends after leaving behind their respective homeworlds. Steven attempts to ease tensions by suggesting an idea he saw on television about dividing up living space evenly, but Lapis rejects his offer and refuses to move in with them.
Barnard was raised in Filmore, California where his father operated as a citrus and avocado farmer. To learn the business of agriculture he held summer jobs at various companies before convincing a vegetable harvesting firm at age 24 of his capabilities to enhance their operation.
His scholarship explores the impact of media and information technologies on relationships of power, practice, and democracy. He has published widely in scholarly journals like New Media & Society, Journalism, Cultural Studies => Critical Methodologies.
He has held multiple Information Technology leadership roles in heavily regulated industries like healthcare and aerospace, overseeing many business functions and supporting technologies. Additionally, he possesses extensive knowledge regarding enterprise software applications as well as custom software developments.
Barnard has made it his life’s work to foster the next generation of avocado leaders, supporting local colleges by building learning centers and groves, as well as offering internship programs that give college students full-circle experiences within a global company. Through Vanguard program he even offers students who achieve highest marks a chance at joining upon graduating – one such student may even join after joining Vanguard!
Achievement and Honors
Steven Barnard has earned numerous honors and awards over his long and distinguished career, both professionally and personally. Known for his leadership and business success, as well as being an esteemed philanthropist he is involved with several charitable organizations as well as making significant contributions to science.
Christina credits the Pack Family Career Pathways program as a major influence on her life, noting how meeting Steve Barnard of Mission Produce Inc. after graduation helped define fresh produce as her future profession.
Joyce is survived by daughters Susan Cope and Kim Garrett as well as her bonus daughters Kaye Earney and Lynn Spallone; grandchildren Tommy Lankford (Dana), Zack Cope (Zachary), Lee Short, Steven Garrett (Jaycie), as well as four cherished great-grandchildren; in addition to having an extraordinary adopted family who she considered her own family.
Family is important to him and he finds great pleasure in coaching both his son’s baseball and daughter’s soccer games. Additionally, he enjoys taking his family on RV trips in the summertime.
In 2008 he founded Farmer Kidz, a children’s program which educates children on farming and nutrition. He was inspired to launch this initiative after witnessing hunger in townships and rural communities; malnutrition is a silent war which often causes more casualties than an armed conflict does.
He enjoys drumming as a hobby and has performed live for artists such as ROBBIE WILLIAMS, JOE STRUMMER & THE MESCALEROS, GLENN GREGORY with TONY VISCONTI (HOLY HOLY), ARCHIVE and others. In his free time he can often be found practicing or recording drums in his Hampshire-based studio for numerous artists.
Barnard relied on scholarships and summer jobs in construction to finance his education at college, as well as taking on field management roles for fresh produce companies.
Through his experiences and the lessons learned from these ventures, he founded Mission Produce as one of the world’s premier avocado distributors. By opening international markets and expanding avocado sourcing across Asia, Europe, Mexico and the US – to meet rising global demand.
As of 2023-05-26, Stephen J Barnard had an estimated net worth of over $65 Million. Since 18 months he has conducted one insider trade buying 25,000 shares of Mission Produce Inc stock; you can view his complete trade history via Form 4 filings. As per current records he owns 5251,388 shares in Mission Produce Inc stock.