Drew reflects on early words of wisdom Mr. Boutonnet shared with him, which he notes Mr. Boutonnet also regularly emulated in his relentless pursuit of excellence: “There is no such thing as luck. Luck should be defined as when good preparation and opportunity meet. Pay attention to the details — opportunity lies behind the smallest details. And if you don’t make a mistake every now and again, you’re not trying hard enough — just don’t make the same mistake twice.”
Possibly one of the most noteworthy things Mr. Boutonnet championed while at the Ocean Mist helm was positioning the company to be a major player in a very competitive landscape of grower-shippers. Creating an organizational structure and working with the leadership to identify, create and implement a strategic plan, mission, vision and values laid the groundwork for what was to come. His commitment, efforts and perseverance left an indelible mark on Ocean Mist Farms to this day.
Over the years Mr. Boutonnet served on multiple boards sharing his time, passion, insights and expertise to support and further worthy causes that were near and dear to his heart. He rightfully received several awards, honors, accolades and recognition for his many contributions to, and accomplishments in, the agriculture industry.
The Ocean Mist Farms corporate headquarters office in Castroville has a reserved sign in its parking lot that has been for the exclusive use of Mr. Boutonnet since 2010. He was always a welcome friend and colleague here, and his memory will live on as we near our centennial year in 2024, which Mr. Boutonnet was so excited to celebrate.
The Boutonnet family is now into its fourth generation of proud farmers.