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On January 17, 1985, Plinio Garcia Jr. and his father decided it was time to blend herbs and spices together to create some of the world's finest spices and seasonings.
They decided to call the company Chef Merito, which means "The little authentic chef.
Today, after 20 years of business, Chef Merito is a rapidly growing multi-million dollar company.
Plinio J. Garcia & Chef Merito History
Plinio Jorge Garcia Jr received a scholarship to attend Notre Dame High School, in Sherman Oaks, California.He graduated Summa Cum Laude in May 1978.
Garcia entered UCLA in 1978, double-majoring in Economics and Latin American Studies, and graduating with honors in 1982.
He took part in the Stanford Overseas Program, traveling to Sao Paulo, Brazil to study the ways of the corporate world.
His work with the Brazilian grocery and food business gave birth to a dawning desire to start his own business.
He continued his studies at the University of Sao Paulo and traveled throughout South America.Garcia went on to work for the Brazil-California Trade Association from 1982 to 1984, helping to coordinate export-import seminars with major financial institutions and Eximbank.In 1985 he began an MBA program at Pepperdine University, which he completed in 1987.
By that time, all the ingredients had come together for a successful business: Garcia's background in economics, business and Latin American studies, his knowledge of Brazilian food companies, and his father's experience with food spice-blend formulations.
So in 1985 Garcia and his father launched Chef Merito, creating seasonings to help consumers prepare Mexican and other Latin American dishes faster and easier.
Garcia remains an active member of the UCLA Alumni Association and the school's Latino Alumni Association, holding several chairmanships and administrative positions.In 2001, Garcia was appointed to UCLA's University Board of Governors.He has set up a permanent 4-year scholarship for UCLA students, and has established a $1,000 Cuban-American Teacher Scholarship for first-year college students.
In 1994 Garcia responded to severe L.A. County budget cuts by "adopting" South Venice Beach, launching a volunteer clean-up program.
Garcia and Chef Merito also donate to the Westside Magnet School in Marina Del Rey/Venice area, which participates in the clean-up.
Garcia created and is president of the Marina Peninsula Neighborhood Association, a resident organization which tries to keep a balance between development and the sensitive environment along the coast of Los Angeles.
Garcia is one of UCLA's Board of Governors and directors.
Garcia and Chef Merito have donated to the Westside Magnet School in Venice and participate in beach clean-up programs.
In 1996 Plinio Garcia created the Marina Peninsula Neighborhood Association, a resident organization which tries to keep a balance between development and the sensitive environment along the coast of Los Angeles.
Through Major Family Services we will continue her legacy to educate everyone in what Dr. Major called the most important job on the planet: parenthood," said Plinio J. Garcia of Major Family Services.
Plinio GarciaPlinio was born in Havana, Cuba.
Emigrated to Spain, later Florida and settled in Los Angeles.
He attended UCLA and earned a degree in Economics and Latin American Studies.After UCLAhe earned an MBA at Pepperdine's Graziadio School of Business.
Using the tools from Pepperdine, Plinio and his family launched a food business in 1985.
He was president and CEO of that organization for 20 years.After having two sons, he left the food business and became CEO of Major Family Services, an organization dedicated to helping individuals be more effective parents and helping parents overcoming difficult hurdles in divorce and custody battles.
Throughout his career, Plinio has spent countless hours helping organizations dedicated to education and has served on the Board of Directors of the UCLA Foundation, the UCLA Latino Alumni Association, and the UCLA Alumni Association.He has sponsored dozens of students to attend college, summer camp, and other academic endeavors.
He has been a very effective fundraiser for organizations that support education.
Plinio and Andrew met Franceil when Luke was in her Kindergarten class.