Produce Marketing Association's (PMA) new board of directors took office as the Fresh Summit convention and expo kicked off in Orlando, Fla., with new Chairman David Marguleas, EVP of Coachella, Calif.-based Sun World International, being joined on the board by six other officers and 26 directors.
Marguleas said he was looking forward to working with PMA and its volunteers to bring enhanced value to its global membership.
“In the year ahead, look for more programs and resources from PMA to help members create demand and stimulate preference for fresh produce and floral, connect leaders globally, enhance produce safety, and invest in their employees," he said.
PMA CEO Cathy Burns added its volunteer leaders make it a "stronger organization" and "truly an association by the members for the members."
“I cannot thank the retiring board directors enough for being so generous of their time and thought leadership in helping to shape PMA strategies and programs that deliver year-round value to members," she said.
Additionally, PMA gave leadership awards to Dave Corsi, VP of produce and floral for Wegmans; and Joe Pezzini, president and CEO of Ocean Mist Farms. Corsi received the Bryan E. Silbermann Collaboration Award for exceptional volunteer commitment to PMA and the fresh and floral industry, and Pezzini received the Robert L. Carey Leadership Award for outstanding collaborative leadership.
“These two gentlemen are always willing to bring to the table their talent, resources and most importantly their time to move our association and industry forward,” Burns said. “Without a doubt, the global fresh produce and floral industry is stronger because they are part of this community, and their ideas and insights have helped move PMA closer toward fulfilling its vision of building a healthier world.”
The following individuals will serve on the 2018-2019 PMA board of directors:
Bryant Ambelang, president and CEO, NatureSweet Ltd., San Antonio
Joe Ange, purchasing director, Markon Cooperative, Salinas, Calif.
Maggie Bezart-Hall, vice president, trade and promotion, Avocados From Mexico, Irving, Texas
Jim Byron, CEO, Xgenex LLC, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Lisa Cork, owner/director, Fresh Produce Marketing Ltd., Auckland, New Zealand
Christian Corssen, CEO, Compania Frutera Santa Maria S.A., Santiago Province, Chile
Dwight Ferguson, president/CEO, Naturipe Farms LLC, Salinas, Calif.
Karen Fernald, senior vice president, category, merchandising and pricing, Food Lion, Salisbury, N.C.
Michael Franks, CEO, Seeka Limited, Te Puke, New Zealand; PMA Australia-New Zealand Chair
Doug Grant, executive vice president/COO, The Oppenheimer Group, British Columbia, Canada
Andrew Kennedy, co-founder, FoodLogiQ, Durham, N.C.
Jacob Krempel, director of produce and grocery procurement, HelloFresh, New York
Eric Li, vice president of global sourcing and alliance, Shanghai Yiguo E-Commerce Co. Ltd., Shanghai City, China
Mau Wah Liu, chairman of the group, Joy Wing Mau Group, Shenzhen, China
Ruth McLennan, vice president produce/floral/cold storage, Dairy Farm, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong
Elizabeth Nardi, CEO, Organically Grown Company, Portland, Ore.
Scot Olson, president of North/Northwest Division, Fresh Source, Santa Ana, Calif.
Carlos Oramas, CEO, Gems Group, Inc., Miami
Roberto Salazar Perez, deputy perishable director, Calimax, Tijuana, Mexico
Angela Santiago, CEO, The Little Potato Co., Alberta, Canada
Reade Sievert, vice president corporate produce, Associated Wholesale Grocers, Kansas City, Kan.
Ted Taylor, head of new ventures and business development, Taylor Farms, Salinas, Calif.
Patrick Vizzone, head of food, beverage and agribusiness, ANZ Banking Group, Melbourne, Australia
Gary Wishnatzki, president/CEO, Wish Farms, Plant City, Fla.
Gary York, vice president, sales and marketing, Robinson Fresh, Eden Prairie, Minn.