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Precinct 1: Jerry Franzoy
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Precinct 6: Bobby Sloan
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Precinct 2: Marty Franzoy
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Precinct 7: James Salopek
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Precinct 3: Robert Faubion,
President

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Precinct 8: Mike McNamee,
Vice President

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Precinct 4: Tom Simpson,
Secretary

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Precinct 9: Bobby Kuykendall
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Precinct 5: Jay Hill
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Gary Esslinger,
EBID Treasurer - Manager.

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Precinct 1: Jerry Franzoy
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Precinct 2: Marty Franzoy
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Precinct 3: Robert Faubion,
President

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Precinct 4: Tom Simpson,
Secretary

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Precinct 5: Jay Hill
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Precinct 6: Bobby Sloan
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Precinct 7: James Salopek
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Precinct 8: Mike McNamee,
Vice President

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Precinct 9: Bobby Kuykendall
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Gary Esslinger,
EBID Treasurer - Manager.

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Jerry Franzoy was born on June 1, 1943, on the family farm in Salem, New Mexico. He graduated from Hatch Valley High School in 1961 and went right into farming. He was married in 1966 to Barbara Gay. They have five children: Michelle, Lisa, Denise, Shayne, and Alicia and 16 grandchildren. Jerry and his son Shayne farm together under the name of Chile River, Inc., raising mostly vegetables, some grain, cotton, chile, and alfalfa. However, onions are their main crop. Jerry has been doing all the harvesting, packing, and sales up to this year when Chile River, Inc. and five other growers formed a L.L.C. to machine harvest, pack, and ship onions. Jerry is a firm believer in going to church every Sunday and loves hunting, camping, fishing, and traveling.

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Marty Franzoy was born September 6, 1956 and raised here in the valley; he is a fifth generation farmer. His great grandfather came to the area to homestead in the early 1900s and had ten children, who all farm. He earned a bachelor's degree in agronomy from New Mexico State University, worked for two years for Helena Chemical Company and then managed a farm in Arizona for two more years before returning. He moved back to the Hatch valley and started Majestic Farms in Hatch. He raises a diverse variety of crops including, onions, chile, cotton, wheat and alfalfa. He is married to Ozena Franzoy, whom he met at NMSU. They have two daughters, Shauna and Shaina, both of whom live in Dallas, Texas and four grandchildren. When he is not working the farm Marty enjoys hunting and fishing.

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Robert Faubion is a 4th generation Mesilla Valley farmer on a farm located north of Las Cruces. He is a 1980 graduate of NMSU with two Bachelor of Science degrees in Agriculture. Robert and his wife Kathy have two sons, Spencer and Roger. Robert has served on numerous Ag related boards and commissions. He is honored to serve on the EBID Board of Directors and enjoys working with other board membes.

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A native of Las Cruces, Tom began his farming career in 1965 after graduation from NMSU with a degree in Agriculture Business. He joined his father, Clyde Simpson, who was continuing the farming operation begun by T. L. Simpson in 1932. T. L. moved to the Mesilla Valley in 1922 and decided to make it his home because it had fertile land, good water and a college where his children could get an education. T. L. bought the present farm site in 1932. Tom continues as the president of Simpson Farms, Inc., managing a highly diversified operation. He is married to Lacy and they are the parents of Pam Stout and Kent Simpson. He is the proud grandfather of Austin, Nathan and Kaitlyn Stout. A believer in community service, Tom is a member of Rotary International, St. Paul's Methodist Church and several agriculture related groups. He has previously served on several community, corporate and agriculture related boards and commissions. Following his grandfather's lead, Tom believes that water management is vitally important to continuing a strong viable agriculture base in New Mexico. He is proud to serve on the EBID Board.

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Jay Hill was born and raised in the Mesilla Valley and graduated from Mesilla Valley Christian Schools. He started farming at age 16, producing a variety of crops including chile, onions, alfalfa and corn. He earned a Bachelor's degree from NMSU and worked for a Hatch produce company for 16 years while continuing to grow the farm. He's married to Katie Hill and has started a restaurant distribution service for local produce. He's involved with an array of agricultural projects and will be opening a farm to market grocery store in Las Cruces in 2017 and is the owner and operator of Wholesome Valley Farms. He is currently implementing a groundwater remediation plan at an old chicken farm in Berino that he will convert into greenhouses. From 2014-2016 Jay served as the National Face of Farming. Hill is president of the Dona Ana County Farm and Livestock Bureau and serves on the board with NMFLB. He is an avid photographer and enjoys doing "anything outdoors," including hiking, biking, fishing and hunting.

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Robert Sloan is a 4th generation farmer in the Mesilla Valley. Bobby is a graduate from New Mexico State University with a degree in Agronomy and is married with two children.

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James Salopek has been a resident of Las Cruces, New Mexico his entire life. He is a third generation farmer who graduated from Las Cruces High School and attended NMSU. James lists his occupation as a full time farmer in the business of raising pecans. James comes from a long line of Salopeks who have been farming in the Mesilla Valley for 70 years. James succeeded his Uncle John Salopek on the EBID Board of Directors. James has two sons, Anton and Rett who both farm with their father. In his spare time, James enjoys fishing, hunting and being the boss of a stock car racing team.

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Mike McNamee was born January 19, 1945. His father was in the Navy and moved the family to Albuquerque, eventually settling in El Paso, Texas. Mike is a graduate of Texas Western College and is also a commercial pilot. He became interested in farming right out of high school and worked in agriculture in the Fabens Valley. He is a Vietnam veteran and after returning from service he took a job working on a friend's Mesilla Valley farm and feedlot with nothing more than a wife, a used pickup and one child. For 22 years he raised a wide variety of vegetable crops and that business was very good to him. Then, in 1976 he planted his first pecan trees and today he has 1500 acres of pecans. He is married to Marcia and they have five children, Tommy, Kenny, Rebecca, Michelle and Kyle, and ten grandchildren. He is blessed to have a great family and is glad the good Lord made him a farmer.

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Bob Kuykendall was born in San Antonio, TX. He moved to the area in 1982 and graduated from Gadsden High School in 1988. He earned an Associates Degree from Western Technical. He began farming in 1997 and purchased La Union Farms in 2000. He farms a variety of crops including Onions, Lettuce, Cabbage, Chile, Forage Crops, Cotton, and Pecan Nursery Trees. He and his wife Kim have been married for 23 years and have 2 children, Meghan 17 and Colton 10.

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Gary L. Esslinger is the Treasurer-Manager of the Elephant Butte Irrigation District. Gary is a third generation member of a pioneer farming family living in the Mesilla Valley. His grandfather, J. L. Esslinger, Sr., settled in La Mesa in 1913 prior to the completion of the Elephant Butte Dam. Gary's father, J. L. Esslinger, Jr., also farmed for over fifty years and is now retired. Gary has also kept his roots in farming as well as other agricultural based industry. After receiving a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Northern Arizona University in 1973, Gary worked six years in Los Angeles for a large west coast flour milling corporation as office manager. After becoming tired of city life, Gary returned to the Mesilla Valley and began working for EBID in 1978. Gary began his District career as Purchasing Agent and has held other organizational positions of Maintenance Chief and Assistant Manager. Gary is the District's Treasurer/Manager. Gary lives in La Mesa on the family farm with his wife, Tina. Gary and Tina have three daughters, Tiffany, Trisha and Tryna.

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