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NEWARK, Del. -- Stephen Barnard, president of Mission Produce, Inc. in Oxnard, Calif., will chair the first official board meeting of the Produce Marketing Association Education Foundation (PMAEF) here.
"We realize that people are our most valuable and unique assets in the produce industry," said Barnard. "Attracting and retaining the best and brightest to work in the produce industry is an investment in our future, and one that the foundation takes seriously. This board is committed to highlighting career opportunities for students and creating awareness of the breadth of fulfilling careers available. In addition, we will work to ensure that employees of this industry have the education they need to excel and succeed in a produce industry career." (Story continues below.)
Other PMAEF officers include vice chairman William M. Schuler, president and c.e.o., Castellini Co.; secretary/treasurer Jay Pack, c.e.o., the Pack Group; and immediate past chair, Janet Erickson, e.v.p., purchasing and quality assurance, Del Taco, Inc.
Representatives of the education foundation board include:
-- John Anderson, chairman, president and c.e.o., The Oppenheimer Group
-- Roberta Cook, cooperative extension specialist, University of California at Davis
-- Margaret D’Arrigo-Martin, e.v.p./sales and marketing, D’Arrigo Brothers of Calif.
-- Duane Eaton, s.v.p./association services, PMA
-- Bud Floyd, v.p., CH Robinson Worldwide, Inc.
-- Don Harris, v.p./produce and floral, Wild Oats Markets, Inc.
-- Gene Harris, senior purchasing manager, Denny's Corp.
-- Peter Goulet, president, Pinnacle Sales & Marketing, Inc.
-- Robert Gray, c.e.o., Duda Farm Fresh Foods, Inc.
-- Edward W. McLaughlin, educator, Cornell University
-- Lisa McNeece, v.p., foodservice and industrial sales, Grimmway Farms
-- Bryan Silbermann, president, PMA
-- Bruce Taylor, c.e.o., Taylor Farms California, Inc.