About Dan Avakian
- What is the Highest education level obtained? Bachelor's Degree
“In every field of endeavor, there are the great ones. Those people who are fully committed to their area of expertise. People who love it, who get it, who love to share it with others. Dan the Produce Man is such a person. Seekers of veggie and fruit wisdom, your teacher has appeared, and his name is Dan.” – Lorenzo P. – yelp.com 5/16/2008
“As a former Director of Produce and Procurement, I would recommend Dan Avakian as a very qualified professional in the produce industry, especially in the retail segment. Dan knows how to communicate with the consumers and has the unique ability of selling produce through his years of experience in the produce industry. Hiring Dan Avakian is a win in profit for a company. I highly recommend Dan Avakian to any company wanting to move forward in growth.” – Ron Pelger Columnist at The Produce News and owner of Owner at RonProCon
“I have known Dan Avakian for more than a 17 years and have conducted business with him on numerous occasions. I have always found Dan to be a man of integrity. Dan “The Produce Man” is exactly that. In my opinion Dan is a guru in the produce world. There’s not any produce product that Dan does not have extensive knowledge about. I have personally witnessed on numerous occasions Dan talking with customers about produce resulting in the customer loading their shopping cart up. I’ve also witnessed Dan shooting produce videos including the more exotic produce and without fail the surrounding customers purchased those items.
Dan is The Produce Man! Any company would be lucky to have him on their team.”– William Wong CSW Business Coaching.
“Dan’s personality is very approachable, unassuming, mature and confident. He’s not afraid to get his nails dirty and get into things. Above all he is friendly and engulfing in his caring and empathy. It comes across in his character which is very powerful and real.” – Bob Wood, Voiceover Coach Voice One San Francisco.
Dan, I love your personality, energy and enthusiasm. These qualities (along with your produce knowledge) shine through on your videos and in person! Elaine Clark, Author of There’s Money where Your Mouth Is and Owner/Coach at Elaine Clark VO
“You know you were my introduction to produce, and I asked so, so many questions, and consider you my first mentor. I think of you and what you taught me often. You taught me that potatoes have a “blossom” and a “stem” side… Who knows that?? I showed several coworkers your Mandarosa video recently and they loved it. Thank you Dan. Thank you for being my first produce mentor.”
– Kari Raos, New Seasons Market, Portland Oregon.
“First off, Dan’s hard and fast produce knowledge is incredible. The only thing that surpasses his knowledge, is his desire to pass along what he knows to others. His passion for produce is infectious. He is as enthusiastic about his work today, as he was when he started his produce journey. We have been friends, and produce partners for quite a while. My life is richer (and more fun!) because of Dan.” – Guido Ferro, Newspaper Columnist, Talk Show Host and Produce Educator at Whole Foods Market.
“Declaring that Dan has a plethora of knowledge in the “PRODUCE INDUSTRY” is an understatement. I’ve seen him teach anyone from kids to elders, inform the masses with his videos and podcasts, constantly research to keep up to date with all elements in the industry, collaborate with other produce industry icons, lead and teach store owners who want to refine their brand, promote farmers, and so much more. For anyone who wants to tap into a “produce” encyclopedia and have them on their team, Dan is your man, without a doubt.” Danielle Finger Paralegal at Self Employed.
“When Dan talks about produce people listen, they buy.” – Donna Layburn, Alameda Natural Grocery, Castro Valley Marketplace.
“Dan could sell an apple to an apple tree” – Rose Chastain, Your Natural Healthcare.
Hey Produce People!! Over the years before I met Dan Avakian I followed his YouTube channel and learned so much!! Then I met him by cold calling him and introducing myself!!
Mentor, friend, co-host and colleague! Dan teaches me every day that helps my produce career and improves the industry. Thank you Dan for your 40+ years of service to our industry and many more to come. As Dan The Produce Man says “ It’s always best when you get it fresh” – Patrick Kelly, Founder of The Produce Industry Podcast.
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