USDA Appoints New Board Members to the National Mango Board
ORLANDO, FL - A wave of fresh faces is bolstering the National Mango Board (NMB) as Agriculture Secretary Sonny Purdue has appointed seven members to serve the association. The appointees include four new members and three returning members.
“On behalf of the entire NMB, it is my pleasure to welcome these board members who will begin their appointments in 2021,” said Manuel Michel, Executive Director of the NMB. “This group will join a well-established board that has been very successful at guiding research and promotion programs that increase mango demand. I also want to thank our members completing their terms and for their service and commitment to the board. They have done an outstanding job representing the mango industry.”
Appointees will serve three-year terms beginning January 1, 2021, to December 31, 2023, with the exception of one domestic producer appointee whose term will begin immediately and will end on December 31, 2021. As noted in the release, the newly appointed board members include:
- Alyssa Salome Hind, McAllen, Texas – Importer
- Christopher A. Ciruli, Tubac, Arizona – Importer
- Rod Chamberlain, Mecca, California – Domestic Producer (3-year term)
- Daniel J. Lyons, Homestad, Florida – Domestic Producer (1-year term)
Three newly re-appointed board members who will also be joining the board include:
- Thomas Hall, Pico Rivera, California – Importer
- Carlos Ramon Palafox Arenas, Michoacán, Mexico – Foreign Producer
- Cesar Morocho Marchan, Piura, Peru – Foreign Producer
The NMB thanks those members who are completing their term on the board for their service to the mango industry. They are Jerry Garcia, Sr., Encino, Texas; JoJo Shiba, Hidalgo, Texas; and Stuart Johnson, Hilo, Hawaii.
Currently, the National Mango Board has 21 members, including eight importers, two domestic producers, one first handler, seven foreign producers, two importers of frozen mangos, and one foreign processor of frozen mangos.
Congratulations to all on their new appointments and a heartfelt thank you to those that have served our industry!
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