Southeast Produce Council Adds Clark Roper to its Team; David Sherrod Comments
MILLEN, GA - Fresh from a flurry of trade shows, Southeast Produce Council (SEPC) isn’t one to let up on the excitement. Recently, the association broke the news that Clark Roper will be joining the team in a Member Value position.
"I am passionate about the people in the produce industry and grateful for the SEPC team’s confidence in me to contribute to its members,” said Roper. “This is a dream for me, as SEPC has given me so much over the years, so now I’m looking forward to giving back to the community in a new way. The SEPC network truly feels like family, and I’m looking forward to fostering this warm and welcoming environment while providing value to our members and expanding our influence.”
As he settles in his new position, Roper will be focusing on building value for the association and its members. He will be utilizing his extensive knowledge to enhance member value by supporting produce farmers, suppliers, buyers, and consumers all while fostering positive and productive relationships with current and prospective SEPC members.
Roper brings a wealth of experience in the produce sector. Throughout his professional career, he has held various positions in the industry, noted the release, encompassing sourcing, buying, and marketing produce. Most recently, Roper worked with Piggly Wiggly for over seven years, managing projects for the company’s IT, operations, marketing, and communications departments, for which he spearheaded efforts to streamline operational processes, enhance marketing efforts, and establish strategic communications plans.
“We are thrilled to welcome Clark Roper to the SEPC family in this new role,” said David Sherrod, SEPC President and Chief Executive Officer. “Clark has been a valuable member of our community for several years by engaging with our various programs and serving on our Board of Directors. His warmth, industry knowledge, excitement for our mission, and passion for connecting and resourcing our members make him an excellent fit for this position and our team.”
Throughout his academic and professional career, Roper has been closely connected to SEPC. He has participated in the organization’s leadership development program STEP-UPP and currently serves on SEPC’s Board of Directors. He also serves as the STARS program chair.
Coupling with his industry experience is a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Business and Economics from Auburn University. Currently, Roper is completing his Master of Business Administration at the University of Alabama.
Check out the interview straight from the new hire himself above, and congratulations to Clark Roper on his next chapter in the produce industry!