About us and Our Team – The Hatch Chile Store

About us and Our Team

 About Us




The Hatch Chile Store Team


Preston started selling fresh chile through his website when he was 15. With the help of his parents, extended family, and little sister they “bootstrapped” one of the first farm-to-table businesses in the Hatch Valley. We aren’t really sure if he learned through example, or if his entrepreneurial spirit is genetic. His grandparents, Dennis and Patricia Mitchell started the drug store in Hatch, NM in the early 80’s after members of the community called Dennis (a pharmacist) every Tuesday afternoon asking him to move to Hatch and start a pharmacy to serve their community. His parents, Greg and Barbara Mitchell, still run the store and continue to improve the business.

Preston is a proud New Mexico State University alumni with his bachelors in Accounting and Business Administration as well as a Masters in Accounting. Currently Preston is an assistant professor at his alma mater, passing forward his knowledge of accounting and business skills.


Hello! My name is Taylor Graciano (formerly Mitchell) VP of Operations. I was born and raised in the Hatch Valley and I couldn't have asked for a better place to grow up! When I'm not in the office helping spread the Hatch Green Chile love all over the US I'm attending school at New Mexico State University. I am a triple major in Finance, Economics, and General Business. I'm currently in the midst of applying for PhD programs in Risk Management and Insurance. I hope to one day return to New Mexico and teach at NMSU. In my spare time, you can find me baking up a storm or loving on my sweet pup Finn (who is everyone's favorite coworker in the office).


Tiffany is our Chief Operating Officer. Her primary responsibility is as chief chaos coordinator for Amigo’s Mexican Foods and The Hatch Chile Store. Tiffany has a Master of Agribusiness from Kansas State University, and BS in Agriculture, Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business from NMSU where she also competed as a Collegiate Women’s Track & Field athlete. Born and raised in the Mesilla Valley, she loves animals, (especially cows) Agriculture, and of course, Hatch Chile! Tiffany has a passion for helping others learn, and always has a smile on her face. In her time outside of work, she is usually found outdoors cycling, running, or polishing her photography skills.

Hello! Hello! My name is Joe Stumpf. I am a Californian by birth but a resident of the Chile capital of the world! I moved to Southern New Mexico late in 2018 after serving six years in the United States Army, where I attained the rank of Sergeant. After contracting for the Department of Defense for two years, I found the Hatch Chile Store. As an Operations Manager for the Hatch Chile Store, my job is to oversee the grading, washing, and packaging of chiles before shipment. If you are purchasing Chile from the Hatch Chile Store, chances are, I processed it!  

I enjoy spending time with my young daughter and exploring the great outdoors. My vacations aren’t spent in fancy hotel rooms; they’re spent in dense forests and mountainous wilderness where the words amenity and leisure don’t exist. Fishing, backpacking, and camping are how I spend my free time, so if it’s not Chile season, I probably don’t have cell service!


Hey y'all! My name is Lacy Garner and I am the Chief of Customer Experience here at the Hatch Chile Store. I was born and raised in Southern New Mexico, and I graduated from UNM with my B.A. in Health, Medicine, and Human Values with minors in Biology, Chemistry, and Psychology. I am currently pursuing my B.S. in Nursing at NMSU, and I hope to eventually work as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. My love for the Land of Enchantment runs deep, and working for the Hatch Chile Store gives me the opportunity to help spread the enriching culture of New Mexico all over the country--and even the world!
 

Hi there! My name is Evan Tafoya-Vallo and I am a fellow New Mexico native. I was born and raised in Albuquerque,NM, but that did not stop me from enjoying the deliciousness of Hatch Green Chile growing up! I am a recent New Mexico State graduate, where I played football and ended up obtaining a degree in Marketing. I have since been admitted into the Graduate program at my alma mater, and will begin my adventure to a Masters of Business Administration this fall! My passions include fishing, college football, weightlifting, as well as cooking with Hatch Green chile!

 

I am so happy and excited to be a part of the Hatch Chile Store, and can not wait to help you experience a touch of New Mexican culture!