A Legacy of Entrepreneurship and Service
Any local success story in Camarillo has to begin with Adolfo and Juan Camarillo. The two brothers from San Buenaventura (now Ventura) inherited the Rancho Calleguas land grant from their father, Juan, Sr., in 1880. The nearly 10,000-acre cattle and crop ranch evolved into Camarillo Ranch, which later grew into the City of Camarillo.
While Juan pursued a life of religious fulfillment, the equally devoted Adolfo poured his heart and soul into an array of business, development, growth, and entrepreneurship endeavors. In addition to running his ranch and breeding the coveted Camarillo White Horse, Adolfo served as vice president of First National Bank of Ventura and Ojai State Bank of Nordhoff, director of Bank of A. Levy in Oxnard, and stockholder in First National Bank of Oxnard and Fillmore State Bank.
Adolfo Camarillo also held leadership roles on the Ventura County Fair Board and the California State Fair Board, as well as in the Camarillo City Chamber of Commerce, Peoples Lumber Company, Los Rancheros Visitadores, and California Lima Bean Growers Association. He also served on the Pleasant Valley School District Board of Trustees for 57 years and held two terms as the Grand Knight of the Oxnard Council of the Knights of Columbus. Pope Pius XII even anointed Adolfo as a Knight of St. Gregory the Great in 1950.
We invite you to learn about some more local success stories here, coming soon. And we welcome you to join our thriving business community—and author your own inspiring legacy.
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