Tami Sorrells is first and foremost a mom to three precious boys and wife to an amazing husband,
Gayland. The Sorrells’ Family grows pecans in the sandy soils of Central Texas on their approximately 125 acres of orchard land and about 20 acres of farmland. Gayland helps his father Kinley, manage Sorrells Farms, which consists of 1,200 acres of orchard land and 1,000 acres of farmland for cattle and produce production. Tami helps manage the Sorrells Farms retail store location, as well as sales and production for wholesale accounts. She also manages the accounting for Sorrells Farms and the Sorrells’ personal farm. Sorrells Farms wholesale and retail store has numerous retail pecan customers and Sorrells Pecans are featured in HEB’s Central Market.
Tami has a BBA in Accounting from Tarleton State University and earned her CPA license in July 2002. She previously taught elementary education and loves being involved in teaching children. She feels fortunate to have learned both the growers’ and shellers’ points of view. Tami has also served as the secretary and treasurer of the Texas Pecan Board. She believes we must educate and pursue the consumers before us to enable the Texas pecan to be set apart from other nuts and pecans in the world today!
Troy Swift is the owner and operator of 266 combined native and improved pecan acres along the San Marcos River and has started Swift River Pecans which features his orchard grown pecans and sells to the public. Troy bought his first orchard in 1998 and second in 2004 where over time he has planted approximately 1,000 new irrigated trees that are now in production. Troy also custom harvests native and improved pecans along the San Marcos river.
Troy has a BS in Industrial Arts from Southwest Texas State University and worked developing composite jet engine (GE engines) manufacturing. He started as a production person and retired as Manufacturing Manager. His responsibility included managing 100 to 500 production workers.
He has been a member of the Texas Pecan Growers Association since 2001 and a District 4 TPGA Board Member since 2016 and was named TPGA Innovative Small Grower of the year in 2019. Troy is an avid participant in Texas Pecan Shows and was named State Champion Commercial pecan in 2018. In 2011 Troy began a unique business as a Pecan Lumber Sawmill operator and has produced beautiful pecan wood used by furniture makers.
Joseph (Joe) Massey has been in the pecan business since 2000 when he and his wife purchased his wife’s family orchard. They have 233 acres of improved varieties of pecans and are in the process of planting an additional 100 acres of pecans. Joe served on the Texas Pecan Growers Association (TPGA) board for eight years including as President for two years starting in 2015. In his spare time Joe also runs 150 head of Registered Brangus cattle, and serves on many cattle boards and committees.
Dr. Massey received his Ph.D. in Physiology of Reproduction, from Texas A&M University Veterinary School in 1980 which led him in 1989 to cofounded Genmark. Genmark is a DNA marker development company, which focused on human genetic defects, and the development of Bovine DNA marker maps and linkages to commercial traits of interest. In 1989 he started Granada Genetics, Inc., a bovine embryo transfer company, and served as its first President and COO.
In 2014 Joe started DigitalBeef a cattle software company, which provides registry management software to beef, swine and horse associations in the U.S. and Canada. He served as Executive Vice President, of the International Brangus Breeders Association, from 2004 to 2013 redirecting the focus of the association to serve it members and helping make Brangus cattle relevant to the commercial cattle industry.