Courtney grew up in Norman Park and, after getting back to her home-grown roots, currently resides in the same area. Courtney enjoys being near her immediate family: her parents, two brothers, and sister all live in Norman Park as well. As part of the Hamilton family, Courtney has worked at Southern Valley every summer since she was thirteen, and in May 2011, she moved back home after graduating from college and began working with the family operation full-time. Courtney has multiple responsibilities within the company which range from assisting with payroll, banking needs, insurance duties, HR, and organizing meetings, to taking on the responsibilities of management along with her grandmother, Wanda and her father, Kent. Courtney says, “I’ve grown up in an agricultural community, so it’s something I’ve pretty much always known while also being something that enforces who I am and how I’ve grown up. Plus, I absolutely love working with family. People often ask, ‘Isn’t that hard working with your family?’ But in all honesty, it’s not. We work hard and make sure the job’s done, but when it comes time to enjoying work and having a good time, well, we gladly do that too! We’re also able to be totally honest and blunt with each other, without taking things too seriously. There’s not really an overwhelming supply of jobs since we’re in the middle of a small town, so I’m blessed that my family has a business that is able to provide employment to so many people, while also allowing me to work with some people that are very near and dear to my heart.”
Chemo grew up in Jalisco, Mexico and now lives in Tifton, Georgia with his wife and two children. He has been one of the supervisors of the packing house since 2014, where one of his main jobs is ensuring each box of produce brought in from our farms in Yucatan and Tennessee are re-packed and ready for shipping. When asked, “what is the best part of working here,” he responded, with a big smile, “being part of the Southern Valley family!”
Quality Assurance Manager
Brad has over 25 years of experience in produce, involving everything from managing different grocery stores to produce inspection. He has lived in Dawsonville and Nashville, Georgia, but, in the end, he decided there is no place like home, and came back to his roots in Omega, Georgia, where he lives with his wife and five kids. He has worked for Southern Valley since 2014; here, he inspects all products in-house, as well as lots out trucks. He says he really enjoys working with all the nice people at Southern Valley!
Rocio G. Cardenas
Rocio grew up in Jalisco, Mexico and Central Valley, California. She now lives in Tifton with her husband and two sons. Rocio enjoys the diversity of friendly personalities she is able to work with in the office, saying, "they all work together as one coherent group."
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- 10-2lb bags
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- 10-2 lb bags
- 14-1 lb bags
- 6-1 lb clamshells
Kristen grew up in the next town over, Moultrie, but now lives in the smaller community of Funston. She has worked at Southern Valley since April 2016 when she was hired to help answer phones during the busy spring season. The position was supposed to be temporary, but she did such a great job we decided to keep her! Now her duties include assisting with produce sales, calls, and documentation. Kristen says, “I love being able to work in a family environment. Being new to the produce industry, I have enjoyed learning something new and being challenged every day.”