JJ Dagorret, President
Automated Ag Systems began in 2007 as a family owned and operated business. Key to the companies success is JJ Dagorret’s knowledge and ability to design and build the equipment produced by Automated Ag Systems. With a background in custom harvesting, equipment manufacturing, and also as a grower, JJ knew that the industry was moving rapidly forward.
JJ began his career in 1977, when he and his wife purchased their first set of harvesters and started a custom harvesting operation, employing 4-12 people. The couple traveled throughout California, harvesting prunes and pistachios. This experience helped JJ built a strong customer base for harvesting as well as equipment repair.
During their third year in business, the two had an opportunity to purchase an established business that manufactured one of the machines they used during harvest, the bin carrier. Purchased in March of 1998, they took over the customer base, sales, service, and manufacturing of the bin carrier.
As custom harvesting was still part of the yearly operations, JJ took his talents to another height. He developed a three wheel tree shaker and receiver. This set of machines was able to harvest 8 trees per minute without damage to the tree or the product and stay consistent all day.
From the beginnings of his career through today JJ has kept this passion for building quality equipment and serving his customers. This passion for serving the needs of the customer and his skills as a designer, builder and an experienced orchardist have equipped JJ to be on the forefront of solving many technology, workforce and operational problems facing the modern agricultural industry.
Stephen R. Mason, CEO
Steve Mason is the the retired President and CEO of BayCare Health System, the largest, community-based health system in the Tampa Bay area with more than 26,000 employees, 14 hospitals, over 300 access points and 480 salaried physicians. BayCare connects patients to a complete range of services through its not-for-profit hospitals, outpatient and imaging facilities, home care and other clinical services. Under Mason’s leadership, BayCare created the organizational structure that will enable the system to successfully embrace the future.
Before BayCare, Mason was the Chief Operating Officer of Texas Health Resources (THR), a health system in Arlington, Texas. Mason played an instrumental role in the 1997 merger that created THR and served in senior management positions with the Harris Methodist System, a founding sponsor. Mason has a master’s degree in hospital administration from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor’s in business administration from Golden Gate University in San Francisco.
Mason brings his proven business skills and relentless focus on quality to his role as CEO of Automated Ag Systems which he founded in July of 2007 with his wife Wanda and stepson JJ Dagorret.
He is proud of the success of Automated Ag and is actively involved in managing the rapid growth of the company in a dynamic and changing agricultural industry.
Wanda Mason, Vice President
Wanda Mason studied Aviation Management and served as the President of an International Aircraft Company in Wichita, Kansas. Her company bought, sold and delivered new and used aircraft in the US and around the world. As one of the founders of Automated Ag she brings her experience and expertise in public relations, marketing, logistics and shipping to the company.
She has been an active volunteer in many community and philanthropic activities and currently serves on the boards of several foundations.
Kelly Dagorret, Vice President, Business & Human Resource Manager
Kelly Dagorret is the wife JJ Dagorret. She is the Office Manager and controls the parts department.