Stahmann Farms Inc. was established in Las Cruces, New Mexico, in 1932 by Deane Stahmann Snr. He and his sons, the late brothers, Deane Jnr and Bill Stahmann, planted more than 100,000 Pecan trees (pronounced p'cahn in southern USA) on a vast property still operated by the family.
In 1965 Deane Stahmann Jnr came to Australia with the intention of creating the first commercial Pecan operation in the Southern Hemisphere. He planted trees first at Gatton in Queensland and shortly after at the flagship property Trawalla near Moree in New South Wales.
His dream of creating a new industry was realised in 1982 when the Toowoomba processing plant began supplying the finest quality processed pecan nut kernel from these farms to Australia and the world.
Matthew Durack and Jeff Dodd, long-term associates and friends of Deane, purchased the iconic Australian nut empire in 2008 from the ailing patron, who passed away in late 2013 aged 82, thus ensuring a future for his legacy.
In early 2014, following a further corporate restructure, Ross Burling, who spent his youth at Trawalla and was mentored by Deane, took the helm of Stahmann Farms Enterprises as CEO of the diversified nut farming, processing and marketing operation. Ross is also a director of SFE along with Deputy CEO Richard Sampson Genest, majority shareholder Matthew Durack, and Chairman Richard Lindley.