United Fresh Leadership Class 25 Kicks Off In California

United Fresh Leadership Class 25 Kicks Off In California



WASHINGTON, DC - United Fresh celebrated the 25th anniversary of its Produce Industry Leadership program by launching it in California with 12 new members in the playbook. The class will engage in leadership development opportunities and meetings with industry members throughout California including: Mission Produce, Deardorff Family Farms, San Miguel, Bayer, Duda Farm Fresh Foods, Limoneira, Sunkist, Grimmway, and Wonderful Citrus.

Amanda Griffin, Vice President of Education & Member Programs, United Fresh“This year’s class marks the celebration of the 25th year of United Fresh’s Produce Leadership Program,” said Vice President of Education and Member Programs Amanda Griffin. “Their journey will conclude with an elevated celebration of all 25 classes next June in San Diego. I look forward to gathering with all of our graduates and alumni of the program.”

And just who will be joining the program in this journey? The press release listed these top names that will be traveling across California:

  • Fernando Aguiar, Naturipe Farms
  • Aly Ahnert, Fresh Start Foods Canada
  • Peter Barone, Starbucks
  • Frank Camera, SunFed
  • Annie Faller, Gold Coast Packing Company
  • Craig Fields, RPE
  • Bobby Grinstead, The Grinstead Group
  • Martha Hilton, Wegmans
  • Marc Newman, Capital City Fruit Company
  • Stephanie Pharris, Duncan Family Farms
  • Jennifer Pulcipher, North Bay Produce
  • Oliver Sill, Columbine Vineyards

Tom Stenzel, President and CEO, United Fresh“It’s always a special moment for all of us at United Fresh when our class of up-and-coming produce industry professionals takes the first step in their leadership journey,” said President and CEO Tom Stenzel. “Throughout their yearlong journey, we will cheer them on as Class 25 prepares to become the future leaders of their companies and of our industry.”

Top Row, Left to Right: Fernando Aguiar, Aly Ahnert, Peter Barone, and Frank Camera; Middle Row, Left to Right: Annie Faller, Craig Fields, Bobby Grinstead, and Martha Hilton; Bottom Row, Left to Right: Marc Newman, Stephanie Pharris, Jennifer Pulcipher, and Oliver Sill

The program has seen a resounding success since its launch in 1995 and has graduated more than 200 industry professionals. Corteva Agriscience, the agriculture division of DowDuPont, sponsors the program with extensive involvement from professional trainers, faculty, leading United Fresh members, and Corteva Agriscience executives. Students are immersed in four core areas: leadership development, business relationships, government and public affairs, and media and public communications. The program culminates June 16-18, 2020, with graduation at the United Fresh 2020 Convention & Expo at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California. For more info, visit the United Fresh website.

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