California Avocado Commission Names Monica Arnett as Vice President of Finance and Administration
- by Maggie Mead
IRVINE, CA - President Tom Bellamore of the California Avocado Commission (CAC) has recently announced the promotion of seven-year CAC vet, Monica Arnett to the role of Vice President of Finance and Administation. The freshly-promoted team member will be overseeing the management of finance, administration, human resources, and information technology.
“For me, working with the California Avocado Commission is a blend of day-to-day essentials and high-level strategic thinking; every day is an adventure,” said Arnett. “It’s a unique business because to support the growers CAC needs to put as much funding as possible in support of California avocados, while maintaining reserves to carry through lean years due to crop and pricing variability.”
Arnett joined CAC in 2012 as Finance and Accounting Manager, before being promoted to Director of Finance in 2016. She kicked off her career in public accounting as an audit associate for KPMG, and then turned her sights to the health care industry, commercial and real estate assets, and property management with firms such as LBA Realty and the Koll Company. In 2009, Arnett earned her CPA. Though her career took her to Texas for a time, as a California native, she yearned to return home. So, when a position with CAC became available, it was a perfect fit.
“In her previous roles with CAC, Monica has demonstrated continual growth and mastery of the unique skills needed to spearhead the finances and administration of the organization,” Bellamore commented in a press release. “Market conditions in the avocado industry can have big impacts on the commission’s funding and the California avocado growers’ needs for marketing and other support. Monica is right on top of CAC’s finances and forecasts, which helps us be nimble and responsive while acting responsibly with grower funds.”
Arnett spends her time volunteering with the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America and running. She has completed the Los Angeles Marathon a whopping three times and has participated in several other full and half marathons throughout the State. Arnett lives in San Clemente, California, with her husband and daughter.
Congratulations to Monica on her exciting new role!