Grimmway's Jeff Huckaby Inducted Into CSUB Alumni Hall of Fame
BAKERSFIELD, CA - Major kudos go out to Grimmway Farms’ President Jeff Huckaby, who was honored at the 13th Annual California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB) Alumni Hall of Fame Gala that was held last week at Seven Oaks Country Club. Only the most outstanding graduates of the university’s more than 50,000 alumni are showcased as having brought honor and distinction to the university. Other inductees in the 2019 Alumni Hall of Fame include Charlotte Brandt, Tom Corson, and Gene Tackett.
“Jeff Huckaby represents the very best of what can be accomplished with a degree from CSU Bakersfield and is a deserving recipient of this prestigious honor,” said Dr. Lynnette Zelezny, President of CSUB. “He is a successful businessman who gives back to his community and serves as an inspiration to our students. We are so proud of his many outstanding achievements.”
The 2019 inductees include a diverse group of leaders who foster a deep passion for their respective industries and a strong commitment to the Bakersfield community. Nearly 300 guests were in attendance, including Mayor Karen Goh, Assemblyman Vince Fong, Supervisor Mick Gleason, and Supervisor Mike Maggard. Remarks were shared by President of the Alumni Association, Justin Salters, as well as Dr. Zelezny.
Jeff Huckaby is a fourth-generation farmer with 30 years of experience in the agriculture industry. He graduated from CSUB in 1989 and has served as President of Grimmway Farms since 2016. Huckaby got a world-class introduction through a video featuring Kari Grimm Anderson, Co-Owner of Grimmway Farms; Walter Robb, Advisor and former Co-CEO of Whole Foods; and Huckaby’s wife Michelle and son Austin.
“I am lucky to do what I love every day and humbled to be a recipient of this prestigious award,” said Huckaby, in a press release. “I thoroughly appreciate the education I received from Cal State Bakersfield and I am extremely grateful for the opportunities that Grimmway Farms has provided me. Congratulations to the other outstanding recipients—it was a pleasure and an honor to share the evening with fellow alumni and our community.”
A committee of university representatives and the CSUB Alumni Association board members convene to select the Hall of Fame honorees. Since the Hall of Fame was established in 2006, 50 alumni have been inducted.
Congratulations to Jeff Huckaby and Grimmway—the honor was well deserved!