When Scott joined the team back in 1978, he started as an Installation Supervisor. He steadily rose through the ranks, serving as Branch Manager, Regional Manager and Vice President. For Scott, no two days are the same. From designing basic drip or frost control systems, to complex wine grape drip systems that are based on topography and soil type, he is a man of many hats. Some days are spent looking over customer billings and various other reports, while others consist of calls or meetings with existing and new clients. Scott is well interwoven into the day-to-day operations, ensuring GAR Bennett continues to provide value-added service.
Scott’s passion for agriculture started at a young age. He grew up on the outskirts of Visalia surrounded by production agriculture. His father was a Veterinarian, cattle rancher and citrus farmer. Their family had horses, mules, and various other barnyard animals on the property. Scott attended Mt. Whitney High School, graduating in 1974 and went on to attend UC Davis as a soil and water science major. Shortly after graduating, Scott joined the Bennett & Bennett team. During his time with the company, Scott was lucky to have a great mentor, Joe Tucker, who was the head engineer at the time. Joe passed away in 2004, but his guidance will forever leave an impact on Scott’s life.
Second to agriculture, Scott truly loves to fly fish. He has fished all over the Sierras, Oregon, Montana, British Columbia, Alaska and most recently Russia. When not fly fishing, Scott can be found spending time with his wonderful wife of 15 years, Carolyn. Both Scott and Carolyn have children from previous marriages. Carolyn’s son, Travis, passed last August but was a wonderful soul who had just graduated from Sacramento State. Scott has three children: Ben, Amy and Alex. His eldest son, Ben, is married and has blessed their family with a grandson, and another one on the way. Ben is a counselor at Allan Hancock Community College and is currently working on his doctorate. Amy graduated from Cal State Long Beach with a degree in architecture and is currently working as a flight attendant. His youngest son, Alex, is currently attending college and works in purchasing for Monrovia Nursery in Oregon.
Scott is optimistic about the future of GAR Bennett as a company.
“The merger will form a new company that is second to none in providing superior resources for our growers that no one else can provide!”