In 1999, Sacramento resident and investment manager, David DeCamilla summoned the courage to propose purchasing some agricultural property, as a kind of weekend getaway. Dave turned to his two brothers, Mark and JB, who despite living on the east coast were equally likely to consider unconventional investment ideas. The brothers agreed that a California olive orchard just might fit into their existing partnership. Little did they realize the purchase of a 40 acre olive orchard in Corning, California with 2,600 Sevillano olive trees would begin the next generation of West Coast Products.
As a grower for four years before they purchased the plant, Dave delivered the harvested Corning olive crop to West Coast Products and watched as a spry 76-year-old man hopped onto the forklift. With speed and efficiency, he proceeded to unload 12 tons of olives. After unloading, weighing, and grading the olives, the man wrote a check and paid for the olives on the spot. Dave felt like saying, “Gee, who was that masked man?” The answer: Marino Garbis.