James H. Jackson, CPA.
Managing Member and Chief Executive Officer
Jim founded the original Royal Bluff Orchard and oversaw the original planting in 1982, and has managed the orchard since then. Jim has also practiced as a Certified Public Accountant in the Seattle, WA area for more than 36 years. Jim is a founder and a former director of Seattle's First Sound Bank and he also sat on the board of directors of the YMCA. Jim graduated cum laude with a bachelor's degree in forest management from Nichols College. He served his country as a Vietnam veteran and received his Masters Degree in Business Administration from California State University San Diego.
Michael A. Brown
Chief Operating Officer
Mike is a graduate of the University of Washington, with an undergraduate focus in the sciences and engineering, and graduate studies in business finance. He served as senior staff and business analyst for Weyerhaeuser for ten years. He joined the Royal Bluff organization in 1987 as chief operating officer.
Chief Horticultural Officer
Dain Craver, Chief Horticultural Officer
Dain has studied horticulture at Washington State University, and has served as a horticulture consultant to Royal Bluff since 1989. He works with diversified operations as large as 4,000 acres, and was the founder of Crave Organics (now owned by The New Royal Bluff Orchard, LLC). He served as the Chairman of the Entomology Committee of the Washington State Tree Fruit Association and has received numerous industry awards for his excellence in horticulture, including the 2010 “Silver Apple” award from the Washington State Horticultural Association.
Manuel joined Royal Bluff in 1990 and has steadily worked his way up to orchard manager, a position he has held since 2012. He is experienced in all facets of orchard management, and has received extensive classroom training in topics such as orchard operations, labor management, and entomology.