United Fresh Introduces Class 25 of the Produce Industry Leadership Program
CHICAGO, IL - Everyone is having the time of their lives in the Windy City, and here at the ANUK office, we’re diligently reporting on all the goings on at this year’s United Fresh Expo. The most recent news from the association is its announcement of the members of the 2019-2020 United Fresh Produce Industry Leadership Program Leadership Class 25.
The Produce Industry Leadership Program welcomes the following professionals to its 25th Class:
- Fernando Aguiar, Naturipe Farms, LLC
- Aly Ahnert, Fresh Start Foods Canada, Ltd.
- Peter Barone, Starbucks
- Frank Camera, SunFed
- Annie Faller, Gold Coast Packing Company, Inc.
- Craig Fields, RPE, Inc.
- Bobby Grinstead, The Grinstead Group, LLC
- Martha Hilton, Wegmans
- Marc Newman, Capital City Fruit Company, Inc.
- Stephanie Pharris, Duncan Family Farms, LLC
- Jennifer Pulcipher, North Bay Produce, Inc.
- Oliver Sill, Columbine Vineyards
According to a press release, the program was launched in 1995 and has graduated more than 200 program participants in the ensuing years. It has been sponsored by a generous grant from Corteva Agriscience™, the agriculture division of DowDuPont™.
“Corteva Agriscience has been the sole sponsor of the Produce Industry Leadership Program since its inception 25 years ago,” said Tom Stenzel, United Fresh President and CEO. “Their tremendous support creates a unique opportunity for future fresh produce leaders to grow professionally and personally, ensuring a bright future for our industry.”
Beginning this July, the members of Leadership Class 25 will participate in a number of educational events and outings centered on the four core focus areas of the program: leadership development, business relationships, government and public affairs, and media and public communications.
During the year-long fellowship, participants will take part in a series of customized trips which include face-to-face meetings with leading industry players, hands-on training with top industry experts and educators, interactive experiences with influential leaders in Washington, and more. This year's schedule will feature trips to California, Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania, Maryland, Florida, and San Diego, where the class will graduate at United Fresh 2020 Convention & Expo.
"We are thrilled to welcome the newest class of the Produce Industry Leadership Program,” said Amanda Griffin, Senior Director of Education and Member Programs for United Fresh. “We congratulate Class 25 for their commitment to becoming future fresh produce leaders.”
ANUK extends our congratulations to Class 25 as well! We wish you all the best!