Shawn Addison graduated from Stanford University with an M.A. from the Food Research Institute. He owned a landscape and a construction company and has extensive management experience. After he and his wife, Antoinette, inherited an olive orchard in southern France and got acquainted with olives, they decided to start Figueroa Farms. They planted an organic olive orchard and started a milling business in the Santa Ynez Valley, California. They have produced many domestic and international award-winning olive oils both for Figueroa Farms and for local producers. Figueroa Farms has become one of the most successful gourmet oil producers in California and their line of oils can be found in most gourmet chains and independent grocery stores. The Addisons have developed an outstanding reputation for the quality of their products and their knowledge about olive orchards and the olive oil making and marketing process. In 2008, they bought The Olive Oil Source. Shawn was a member of the Board of Directors of the California Olive Oil Council from 2005 to 2007. He has a unique combination of business experience and on-the-field and at-the-mill experience which allows him to consult successfully on most all aspects of the olive oil industry.