40 Under 40: Elena Stefanopoulos – Stamoules Produce Company

Mar 01, 2013 No Comments by

Elena Stefanopoulos is originally from Greece, but moved with her family to the area when she was an infant.  She was involved in sports during her years at San Joaquin Memorial High School, and later graduated from California State University, Fresno in 1998 with a degree in history.  Shortly after, Stefanopoulos joined her family’s business, Stamoules Produce Company, as office manager.

Elena Stefanopoulos

Stamoules Produce Company was started more than 87 years ago by Stefanopoulos’ grandparents, and her family farms about 20,000 acres of broccoli, corn, cantaloupes, honeydews, bell peppers, pistachios and mini watermelons.  The company, which has its corporate headquarters and distribution facility in Mendota, employs 3,000 during the summertime, and ships its products throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Over the years, Stamoules has supported organizations like the National MS Society, Children’s Hospital Central California, the St. Agnes Men’s Club, and has contributed to the Fresno Grizzlies Baseball Club’s Farm Grown program.  Stefanopoulos operates her own non-profit, Chalupa’s Friends, an organization that helps rescue animals.  It offers free services such as inoculations, and items like food and leashes, to animals of low-income families in some rural areas.

Stefanopoulos lives near her family, father Tom, mother Peggy, and brothers Dio and Spero, in Fresno.  One of her main hobbies is collecting classic European sports cars.



Favorite Movie:  “Pretty Woman”

Favorite Music Artist/Band:  Cher

Last Book Read:  “Tuesdays with Morrie:  An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life’s Greatest Lesson” by Mitch Alborn


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