Fresh Produce Association of the Americas Names Raquel Espinoza as 2023 Member of the Year; Lance Jungmeyer Shares
TUCSON, AZ - An impressive produce leader was recently honored by the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas (FPAA). The organization named Raquel Espinoza, Founder of Produce House, as its 2023 Member of the Year.
Espinoza, recognized for her enthusiasm, solid industry experience, and comprehensive understanding of sales and marketing, has left a lasting impression on the FPAA community. According to a press release, she is described as having a curious mind and a passion for the association's success. This proactive approach and fresh perspective have resonated with her peers.
During FPAA's lobbying trips to Washington, DC; Phoenix, Arizona; and Mexico City, Mexico, Espinoza’s active involvement and welcoming demeanor made a lasting impression. FPAA Chairman Rod Sbragia commended her for diving into the heart of the association's challenges, noting her dedication to its success.
A former Board member attested to her becoming a vital contributor shortly after joining the Board of Directors. Her company philosophy, centered around teamwork and community, has proven successful, fostering active participation from her team in FPAA initiatives.
“The nominations for Member of the Year often center around how involved a member gets in the association. It’s about how an individual helps raise the visibility of FPAA and our issues, whether by their enthusiasm, hard work, charisma, or sheer determination, and this year’s honoree fits the bill,” states FPAA President Lance Jungmeyer.
Espinoza, who founded Produce House in 2015, has demonstrated exceptional leadership, particularly as FPAA's Chairwoman Elect.
"Raquel exemplifies the community in the way she started her company and collaborates with important growers. She's a leader and a role model in the industry," stated a former chairman.
Having worked for renowned companies such as SunFed, Meyer, Fresh Farms, and GreenPoint, Espinoza brings a wealth of industry knowledge to her role. A member noted, "As a single mom, she said, 'I can do this produce distribution business,' and she did. She's a leader and a role model in the community."
Congratulations to Raquel Espinoza on this well-deserved honor!