OPERATIONS

CALIFORNIA

Performs the following:

  • Manufactures premixes
  • Admin/Accounting functions

Strategic advantages:

  • Loads flatbeds and vans
  • Almost 2 acres under one roof
  • Located on a major state trucking route (highway 99), halfway between the major port cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco.
  • Centrally located in California’s agricultural heartland.

OREGON

Performs the following:

  • Distributes micros and premix to WA, OR, ID, and UT
  • Originates micros from abroad
  • Locally managed

TEXAS

Performs the following:

  • Manufactures premix for companies making feed and pet food
  • Distributes premixes and micros in TX, NM, CO, OK, and KS
  • Originates micros from abroad
  • Locally managed

Transportation

The Visalia plant combines our own route truck with reliable carriers to serve our California customers. The Pinnacle truck covers California’s Central Valley with pick-ups and deliveries from Sacramento to Bakersfield.

Pinnacle uses reliable trucking companies for deliveries and pick-ups at its Portland, Oregon warehouse and the Hereford Texas plant.

Raul Aguilera hits the road on a regular basis, serving Pinnacle customers from Sacramento to Bakersfield.

 

 

 

“The highlight of my day is meeting my customers. The most important part of my job is meeting their needs.”

Raul Aguilera

THE PINNACLE TEAM

California

Travis Taylor, General Manager

Travis grew up on a family ranch and farming operation east of Austin, Texas, producing cattle, peaches, and pecans.

After obtaining a Master in Agricultural Science from Texas A&M, he spent three years as executive director for a non-profit grain-promotion and legislative group. In 1999, he moved to California to handle sales for a company in the micronutrient segment of the feed and pet-food industry. He continued with the same firm until his departure in fall of 2014 to establish Pinnacle Premix.

Travis and his family reside in Visalia, CA. He loves to barbecue and spend time outdoors with his wife and three children. He serves as a deacon at Gateway Church, and as a District 3 representative on the Tulare County Central Committee.

“Our manufacturing processes at our plants are streamlined to reduce packaging waste and minimize fossil fuel consumption through efficient distribution to our customers. We care about the world we live in.”

Travis Taylor

Jackie Knutz, Sales. California, Arizona and Nevada,

Jackie grew up on a cattle ranch in northeastern California. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. After graduating, she moved to the Central Valley to work for a produce company, gaining hands-on experience in logistics, customer service and account management. Unable to ignore her roots and education in animal-related ag, she doubled back to the feed industry by joining our team in 2015.

An accomplished barrel racer, Jackie enjoys caring for and riding her horses Rita & Mac and spending time with her husband and two sons.

“It has been fun, exciting, and challenging to be a part of a company that has grown from folding chairs and tables to multiple locations. Our belief in our mission has made us who we are today.”

Jackie Knutz

Maryanne Oliphant, Formulations

A California native, Maryanne has been involved in the pet and livestock feed industry since 1982. A good portion of her career was spent working for O.H. Kruse before joining the Pinnacle team in 2015.

Maryanne provides formulation support to nutritionists and Pinnacle’s sales and technical team. During the course of her career, she has been responsible for the management of a certified alfalfa testing laboratory, managing company feed formulation systems and bids, and handling ingredient purchases.

She attended Mount San Antonio College in Walnut, California where her focus was on animal science and chemistry. She is a trained and certified Animal Food Microscopist by The American Association of Feed Microscopists. In addition to her many accomplishments, she has completed the Pharmacy Technician Program through Allied Business School and is a certified California Water Treatment Operator.

Maryanne enjoys the outdoors, usually pursuing her passion for animals on horseback accompanied by her dog and her friends. When she’s not riding, Maryanne enjoys strolling across big expanses of manicured lawn in pursuit of a hole-in-one.

 

George Railsback, Quality Assurance and Regulatory Manager

George grew up within sight of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and Chemistry at Texas Tech University. His work in the food industry started immediately after graduation, setting him on a career path devoted to developing, managing and directing microbiology laboratories, sanitation, and quality assurance departments for various companies throughout the US.

In 2015 he moved to California to spearhead Pinnacle Premix’s quality-assurance and regulatory programs. George and his team were instrumental in establishing Pinnacle Premix as an industry leader by obtaining SQF Food Safety Code for Manufacturing, Edition 8 and CCOF Organic Certifications.

George resides in Visalia, California, and takes full advantage of California living when it comes to enjoying horticulture, music, wine, fine art, gourmet eats, and cooling off in the surf. But when it comes to sports, our quality assurance guy is a steadfast Texas Tech University fan.

“The order we are working on today may feed the cow or chicken that your family consumes tomorrow. It’s a point I make to our staff on a regular basis. Feed safety affects us all.”

George Railsback, Quality Assurance and Regulatory Manager

Jeanie Yang, Accounting Manager

Jeanie is gifted with an eye for detail, something she puts to work on a daily basis as Pinnacle’s accounting controller. Jeanie managed the implementation of our current enterprise resource program (ERP) and barcode systems.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from The University of Phoenix. Work experience includes ten years working in the ag industry, with more than seven of those years in accounting.

Jeanie has a passion for international travel. In every year beginning with 2016, she has visited a different country.

Jasmine Stephens, Purchasing

After growing up in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley, Jasmine decided to trade hot summers for ocean breezes, moving in 2010 to California’s Central Coast to study communications at Cabrillo College.

She returned to the Valley in 2015 to work for a local milling operation before joining the team at Pinnacle to assist with sourcing, purchasing, inventory control, and inbound logistics.

Jasmine is a proud wife and mother. When time allows, she enjoys listening to podcasts and expressing her artistic side through floral design, interior design, film, photography, singing and songwriting.

 

Cascel Fite, Customer Service Manager

Cascel was born and raised in the Pacific North West. In 1990 she moved to Stockton, California to study theology and Christian education.

A highly-motivated self-starter, Cascel has been working in customer-service-related fields for over 20 years, most of them spent in energy consulting. She thrives on challenge and excels at work requiring the management of high-volumes of product with tight turnarounds.

Cascel is the proud mother of three sons and a Golden State Warriors fan, but when stock cars hit the national circuit you’ll find her cheering on a car with number 18 on the side and a guy named Kyle Busch behind the wheel.

Oregon

Larry Skoglund, Pacific North West Business Manager

Larry was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. He began his career in the feed industry in 1984 as a Customer Service Manager before transitioning three years later into sales.

Serving as our PNW Business Manager for the Woodburn, Oregon operation, Larry oversees servicing customers in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Utah.

Larry resides in Sherwood, Oregon with his wife and son. He and his family enjoy camping, fishing, and riding ATVs. During football season, Larry’s favorite colors are Seattle Seahawk green and blue.

 

Tim Dronebarger, Customer Service and Warehouse Supervisor

Tim grew up in Goldendale, a small town in Eastern Washington. When not in a classroom, days were spent working in the family farm-supply store, on the family sheep farm, and for local farmers. 

For more than 20 years, Tim was the Willamette Valley Route Sales Specialist for Walco International, DeLaval Direct and Excel Dairy Service.

Tim joined the Pinnacle Premix team in August of 2016 as customer service office warehouse manager and assisted in setting up logistics in our Woodburn, Oregon facility.
Today, Tim resides in Salem, Oregon. He enjoys travel, fishing, and hanging out with family and friends.

 

Rex Ferrin, Sales Agent, Utah and Idaho

Rex grew up on dairy farms in Pleasant View and Morgan, Utah. He attended Weber State University before serving on a two-year church mission, then returned home to marry his high school sweetheart.

Rex’s career path has been varied, ambitious, and rewarding. He worked for a gas and repair business before starting his own company in the same line of work, followed by a several-year stint running his own dairy farm. This meant milking cows on lunch hours and midnights around his swing shift at a freight company. The next chapter of his career turned into 30-plus years in the feed industry.

When not engaged in sales for Pinnacle, Rex stays busy with his 11 children, 29 grandchildren, and 12 great grandchildren. When the Utah Jazz are playing, Rex is usually watching. 

Texas

Jody Sullivan, Business Manager. Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado and New Mexico

Jody grew up in Southern New Mexico. In 1980, he graduated from New Mexico State University with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. This was followed by Graduate studies in Animal Science.

Jody launched his career by focusing on new business development in the livestock feed and mineral supplement sectors. He has practical experience in research, production, and as a consultant for products covering a wide variety of livestock species.

Jody and his wife own a ranch in Northern New Mexico but reside in Canyon, Texas. Two of their three children live nearby, both working in agriculture. The third lives in Albuquerque.

Jody is involved in several industry organizations and boards, and currently serves on the Texas Panhandle Heritage Foundation Board of Directors. If you’re a big fan of horse racing, you and Jody will probably have a lot to talk about.

 

Macy Fangman / Sales: Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma

A native of the Texas Panhandle, Macy earned her Bachelor in Agricultural Communications from Texas Tech University.

Macy moved home to Canyon and joined the Pinnacle team after a stint in Austin, where she held a sales position with a software company, diligently overseeing the success of many large commercial accounts. Austin was preceded by time spent in the equine industry, working in corporate sponsorship with western industry leaders. Valuing quality communication and follow-through, Macy is passionate about cultivating relationships and continuously proving her commitment to each individual she does business with.

Shooting sports, paddle boarding, audiobooks, classic country music, and baking are a few of Macy’s favorite things. Her calendar is always marked with an upcoming trip – most recently Loretta Lynn’s birthday celebration concert, a Talladega NASCAR race, a 4000 mile road trip, and Hawaii.

Rick Devore / Warehouse and Quality Assurance Supervisor

Prior to joining the Pinnacle team, Rick spent 20 years managing operations, safety, and asset protection for a big-box retail company. He also spent eight years working for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice as a corrections officer.

Rick’s attention to detail and commitment to doing the job right makes him a key part of the success of the Pinnacle Team.

When not at work, Rick enjoys spending time with his wife of 33 years and two sons, as well as shooting, hunting, and fishing – really anything outdoors.

Tim Tankersley / Production Supervisor

Born in San Angelo, Texas, Tim eventually moved to New Mexico and later attended New Mexico State University, graduating in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and Extension Education.

Tim joined the Pinnacle team in 2020, with valuable experience and a reputation for consistently providing quality products with a quick turnaround. His persistent drive to be successful contributes greatly to the success we want to see for our customers.

Tim began building his career with seven years as a vocational agriculture teacher, followed by his introduction to the feed industry as a sales representative, where he later transitioned into management and production. Today, Tim has seen success in all facets of the feed industry.

He and his wife Lois have two daughters and five grandchildren, and his favorite way to spend time is with them. When he’s not with family, you’re likely to catch Tim hunting and fishing at his favorite spots.

Brianna Griswold / Administration and Customer Service

Born in California and raised in Colorado, Brianna attended West Texas A&M University where she became familiar with the Texas Panhandle community and its heart for all things agriculture. She later moved to New Mexico where she worked for the World Series of Team Roping, specializing in membership and event processes. Her appreciation for the western lifestyle called her back to Canyon, where prior to Pinnacle, she worked in social media coordination and retail sales.

Brianna believes that fostering relationships and success begins with a foundation built on communication, trust, and respect. She sees each challenge as an opportunity to gain knowledge and experience. You’ll always find her leading with a servant’s heart and working to be of help to others.

Traveling at any chance she gets, Brianna looks forward to exploring new cultures and food. When not busy volunteering, snowboarding, hiking, or being at the lake, you’ll find her on the patio with a good cup of coffee.

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