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Remembering the Mango King, Alan Alvarez

RCF Distributors LLC reported the sudden loss of dear friend, colleague and paramount sales agent Alan Alvarez. Mr. Alvarez died on Saturday, Jan. 30. El Grupo Crespo: RCF Distributors, Crespo Organic Mangoes, Empaque Don Jorge and hundreds of mango industry friends mourn the loss of the Mango King.

sdfDeemed the Mango King years ago by customers, Mr. Alvarez built his successful career in produce through dedication, hard work, integrity and a positive attitude. He was an incredible relationship-builder within the industry, and he earned the trust of many on both sides of the border. His contagious positive attitude made business enjoyable, and he always kept his word. This made any business with him involved successful. He solved problems with ease and a smile.

“Alan Alvarez was truly one of the good ones in this industry,” said  Scott Chodnoff, key account and commodity manager for Carbamericas Inc. and long-time client and friend of Mr. Alvarez. “I met him back in 2013. For the next eight years, we connected daily on the phone. Alan was one of the fairest people in the industry, and he was a problem solver. I credit a lot of my success to him and that is only the business side of my story with Alan.

“We spent many years getting to know each other personally, as is the case with doing business with people daily,” he continued. “We had a lot in common. Both married with children, two of which were heavily involved with travel baseball. We both coached baseball and we both loved to travel with our families. When we were done talking mangos, we always had something else to talk about whether it was our kids, sporting events, a trip we were going on, how bad my Raiders are or how his Astros cheated to win the World Series. Or tequila, we loved to talk about our shared love of tequila.”

Mr. Alvarez leaves behind a legacy in the raising of his son within the industry. Alan Alvarez Jr. worked under his father at RCF for the last four years. Alvarez Jr. described his father’s tricks of the trade simply, “integrity.” He cited his father’s straightforward approach and making sure things were done right as key to earning the respect of his clients, co-workers and farmers.

“People responded well to him. Problems were always solved and people always felt good,” said Alvarez Jr.

The Crespo family’s commitment to their customers, consumers and the hundreds of people that rely on the complex growing, packing, shipping, selling and marketing systems that stretch from the southern regions of Mexico all across the USA and Canada remains unwavering, even in the midst of the collective grief everyone carries. Mr. Alvarez would want nothing more from his mango family than for it to continue to build his legacy with RCF mango success.

The strength and positivity of Mr. Alvarez live on at RCF & El Grupo Crespo, leaving the company with the will to be the best it can be and to charge forward with its own versions of his Mango King success.

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