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Alan Jesse - Owner & CEO

Alan’s career in agriculture officially began in 1978. After attending OSU, majoring in Business and Agricultural Economics, he returned home and joined forces with his parents, Don and Jean Jesse, forming Forest Hills Farms, Inc.

Alan's dedication to the agribusiness industry is exhibited by the many activities he has been involved in and the accomplishments he has achieved.  Starting in 1986 he was voted Outstanding Young Farmer of Oregon and in 2011 he was presented with the Agriculture Achievement Award by The Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce.  Over the years he has served on the Washington County Extension Service Council, the Oregon Strawberry Commission, the Oregon Blueberry Commission and the Norpac Stewardship Committee.  He currently holds positions on the Tualatin Valley Irrigation District Board and the Oregon Vineyard Supply Board. 

Since Forest Hills Farms, Inc inception Alan has been the driving force and leader on the farm for continued diversification and innovation in a continually fluctuating commodity market environment.  There is no question, Alan has a passion for agriculture!

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Mary Jesse - Owner

Owner, Bookkeeper, Administrative Specialist, Wife and Mother, Mary has been an integral part of Forest Hills Farms, Inc since 1990.  Mary is one of nine children that grew up working in the fields on her parent’s farm.  Through that experience she learned the value of hard work and developed an appreciation for farming that has contributed to her role as an effective leader.  When Mary is not busy with her duties on the farm she can be found spending time with her family, working in her yard or playing tennis.  She is thankful for the opportunity to educate her children about the importance of agriculture and the values that come along with it.  

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Anna Jesse - Vice President

Anna spent much of her childhood riding alongside her father, Alan, as he went about his daily duties of managing his crops and his business, so it was no surprise when she returned full time to the farm in 2016. Before her return, she attended Oregon State University where she received a B.S. in Agricultural Business Management and Economics, with a minor in Agricultural Sciences. While going to school, she developed a passion for the for the Oregon Wine Industry and spent three years working in various roles throughout the Willamette Valley. Today, she acts as our Vice President, doing everything from site mapping and crop management to sales and analytics. Anna has a passion for environmental stewardship and is constantly working to properly manage our natural resources on the farm. This passion for conservation and natural resource management has led her to serve on the board of directors for the Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District. She is also currently working towards a graduate certificate in Water Conflict Management and Transformation through Oregon State University. 

 

Nick Konen- HR/Compliance & Vineyard Manager

Nick joined our team in the spring of 2017 taking on the duties of Human Resources, Safety Coordinator, and Food Safety Compliance.  He earned a degree in Business Management from Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon.  While attending college, Nick had his first exposure in the wine industry working in a tasting room and has been involved and interested ever since.  Following college, he spent time in Spain teaching English while polishing his own Spanish speaking skills.  Since coming to work on the farm Nick has taken a special interest in viticulture and is currently working on an associate’s degree in Vineyard Management. Nick’s ability to connect with people, enthusiasm for the agriculture industry, and innovative spirit has made him an integral part of our team.