The J.S. West Family

As a service organization, we care about others and search for opportunities to make a difference in the communities in which we work, live and do business. J.S. West and its family of employees are deeply committed to volunteer programs and charitable contributions that help address a myriad of needs within a vast number of nonprofit organizations.

When James Stewart West began his journey from Nebraska, his vision of starting a new life for his family in California became a reality. Little did he realize those humble beginnings would grow and prosper to the family of businesses that it is today.  Although his children are gone now, they played a huge role in the early years. Today, third and fourth generations actively manage the business with close to 300 members of extended family of employees.

Our Leadership

Gary West

Gary West

Chairman of the Board
Gary West

Gary West


Chairman of the Board

Gary West is a third-generation family member involved in the agricultural and propane operations. After graduating from USC with a degree in Finance, Gary obtained his MBA at the University of Santa Clara in 1963. Soon after, he joined the family business in 1965. Gary served as President from 1993 to 2010 and as Chairman of the board until October 2013, when he was re-elected to serve as President and Chairman through June 2018. During his career, Gary has served on several outside boards, including Nucal Foods, United Egg Producers, California Grain & Feed, Modesto Commerce Bank and Memorial Hospital Foundation.

 
Mike West

Mike West

President
Mike West

Mike West


President

Mike West, son of Gary West, is a fourth-generation executive/shareholder with J.S. West & Companies. Mike is the current President and CEO for the company, a Board Member of United Egg Producers (UEP), President & Board Member of NuCal Foods, Inc., and Del Rio Country Club Board Member. Mike began his career with the company in 1998 in the agriculture side of the business, transitioned to the propane business after five years, and then subsequently moved into the executive suite in 2008. Mike studied Poultry Science at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and has served on several boards and service clubs during his career, including Modesto Rotary, Memorial Hospital Foundation, Cricket House (division of Children’s Crisis Center) and McHenry Mansion Foundation.

 
John Bedell

John Bedell

VP of Agriculture
John Bedell

John Bedell


VP of Agriculture

John Bedell began work at J.S. West in 2003 as Production Manager and now serves as Vice President of Ag Operations and is a Board Member of NuCal Foods, Inc. John has a long history in poultry that started from growing up on a local chicken ranch which led to pursuing a degree in Poultry Science from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. John began his career in the shell egg industry in 1993 for SKS Enterprises and transitioned into a job with Central Coast Fryer Farms that specialized in free range and antibiotic free poultry meat. John served on the Pacific Egg and Poultry Board and is a past President of PEPA.

 
Hank Easton

Hank Easton

VP of Propane Operations
Hank Easton

Hank Easton


VP of Propane Operations

Hank Easton has worked in the propane industry for over 30 years, following in the steps of his father and grandfather. Hank has served as Vice President of Propane Operations for J.S. West for the past 13 years. Hank is responsible for overseeing field operations. He wrote the filed operation safety handbook for J.S. West and is responsible for expanding the propane companies from two district locations to the current seven locations in the last 13 years, hiring key employees and installing new bulk plants at each location. Prior to joining J.S. West, Hank worked for National Propane as a Regional Manager for California and Arizona.

 
Amanda Silva

Amanda Silva

CFO
Amanda Silva

Amanda Silva


CFO

Amanda Silva served as Controller at J.S. West & Companies from 2012 to 2016, before becoming Chief Financial Officer beginning in early 2017. Amanda holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration, Concentration Accounting from CSU Stanislaus. She began her career in public accounting at Atherton & Associates, a mid-size local accounting firm. During her 11-year tenure there, she obtained her Certified Public Accountant’s license and had the opportunity to provide both tax and attestation services to her clients. Amanda worked with a variety of businesses in various industries, including agriculture and construction.

 
Kelly Monk

Kelly Monk

Corporate Secretary
Kelly Monk

Kelly Monk


Corporate Secretary

Kelly Monk began work at J.S. West in 2011 as executive secretary and moved into the corporate secretary role in June 2018. Kelly has over 20 years of experience in the corporate environment wearing many “hats”, such as, office manager, stock administrator, events coordinator and property manager. Kelly is involved in the local community, serving on the ag committee for the Modesto Chamber of Commerce, as a member of the North Modesto Alliance Neighborhood and president of the Gregori Athletic Booster Club. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from San Jose State University.

 
Jeff Price

Jeff Price

Director of Propane Operations
Jeff Price

Jeff Price


Director of Propane Operations

Jeff Price began his career with J.S. West in 2010 as Sales Manager for the Modesto propane division, moving up to manage that operation for five years. Jeff now serves as the Director of Propane Operations overseeing the company’s seven retail locations in Central and Northern California. Prior to joining J.S. West, Jeff worked in management and the Real Estate industry as a Broker of his own mortgage company. Jeff holds an Associate of Science Degree in Business Administration from Modesto Junior College.

 
jswest-divider2

Our Mission

As longstanding members of the community, J.S. West & Companies are committed to providing a business that offers value, fairness, integrity, and concern to its customers, employees, resources and the region as a whole. 

As a business of products and services we pledge to:

Assist all customers with concern and respect​.

Provide quality products, services, and knowledgeable assistance.

Provide a fair and pleasant environment in which to work and treat everyone with compassion and respect.

Be a good citizen by contributing time and money to community affairs.

In return for these commitments, we believe a profit shall result. Through this profitability, we can continue to offer products, create employment, and grow with the community.

JS West - 100 years in the making


1909

J.S. West Founded- 1909

1910

First Feed Delivery- 1910

1917

First Weigh Voucher- 1917

1922

Ice Plant- 1922

1928

Fuel Oil Business- 1928

1928

Fuel Oil Delivery- 1928

1930

Auto Sales- 1930

1930

Feed Mill- 1930

1930

Feed Mill- 1930

1936

Propane Business- 1936

1937

Propane Appliances- 1937

1949

Appliances & Furniture- 1949

1949

Appliances & Furniture- 1949

1957

Fire- 1957

1958

Rebuild Mill Modern- 1958

1958

Rebuild Mill Modern- 1958

1960

Egg Farmer Co-Op- 1960

1961

ATL Propane- 1961

1972

New Furniture Store Built- 1972

1976

Ethan Allen- 1976

1976

Ethan Allen- 1976

1984

Feed Store Opens- 1984

1991

Cal Eggs- 1991

1999

Hilmar Plant Built- 1999

1999

Hilmar Plant Built- 1999

1999

Hilmar Plant Built- 1999

1999

Hilmar Plant Built- 1999

1999

Hilmar Plant Built- 1999

1999

Hilmar Plant Built- 1999

1999

Hilmar Plant Built- 1999

1999

Hilmar Plant Built- 1999

1999

Hilmar Plant Built- 1999

2016

Mill Closes- 2016

2017

Cage Free- 2017

1909
1910
1917
1922
1928
1928
1930
1930
1930
1936
1937
1949
1949
1957
1958
1958
1960
1961
1972
1976
1976
1984
1991
1999
1999
1999
1999
1999
1999
1999
1999
1999
2016
2017

JS West - 100 years in the making