Meet the Kiwicado Team
Donald Cameron Rodee
Owner & CEO
I have been around avocados since a pre-teen year retrieving fruit for his mother that referred to them as “alligator Pears”. Those were the green skin variety Fuertes and Beacon varieties picked with a picking pole after climbing well above the ladder height.
In 1975 I returned to the avocado industry in Fallbrook California owning several groves and marketing through a co-op Calavo Growers the world leader in those years. The challenges were numerous and with a great manager and close by staffing of Cal State Riverside Horticultural Staff we were one of the top yielding groves in Southern California.
My boldest venture in avocados was Matahui Avocado Resort Spa near Katikati, New Zealand. From that outstanding operation I developed into an exporter of avocados to Australia that has been an overwhelming success. With no question in the minds of the produce brokers in Australia we provide the best quality and best service to their hungry market.
With the huge demand around the world we recently established further resources to many other international markets. Drawing on the best team that could be assembled we strive to bring Hass avocados to everyone with our export team.
We travel to the customer to show them our process from growing the avocados ourselves and exclusively nurturing every aspect of the delivery of our product. We are hands on people and we are proud of our perfected delivery to the sophisticated customer.
Cherie (Meehwa) Lee
Comptroller & CFO
I have a keen eye for the display presentation of avocados with a focus on my championship guacamole. I like to demonstrate at retail stores how to get the most out of avocados and talk about all the various combinations of real lime juice enhancement for flavoring along with cilantro and peppers ranging in spiciness suitable to many different pallets. BLTs with avocado on lightly toasted sour dough French bread could replace any meal at our home.
We want the consumer to have fun while eating one of the best super foods of the world. As diced avocado is irresistible to the highchair infant, you are giving that child the best start in nitration. Every meal can look and feel better with the fusion cuisine that avocados provide for every culture. Let me come show you all the novel ways I use avocados.
Liana has not only been a grove person since her teens and knows the grove like the back of her hand. Liana operates a hydraladder during harvest, mowing the grasses that never stop growing and other day to day jobs that are required on a Grove of this size.
This season she has taken on the export responsibilities mostly focused on Australia and Avocado Industry Council meetings in the absence of Don Rodee or our export consultant Tony Sinkovich.
Liana has acted as a trainee supervisor of the entire operation on occasions when others had to be at world conferences and spends time in Australia working with the distributors that market our fruit in Sydney and Brisbane.