Big Y's Lincoln Named Floral Marketer of the Year; PMA Installs New Board

NEWARK, Del. - Lauree Lincoln of Springfield, Mass.-based Big Y Foods, Inc., received the Floral Marketer of the Year Award at the Produce Marketing Association's 2006 Fresh Summit convention in San Diego this week.

In presenting Lincoln with the award -- which recognizes an outstanding floral professional who was nominated by industry peers and who has served the mass-market floral industry with dedication and distinction -- PMA president, Bryan Silbermann said: "Lauree Lincoln has demonstrated her commitment to the floral industry's success through her participation in industry-related initiatives and leadership role in the PMA Floral Council. She is a great example of a dedicated, innovative floral leader who is well deserving of this award."
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Lincoln began her career in the floral industry at a young age working for Giant Open Air Markets and continues to nurture her passion for floral retailing as floral marketing manager at Big Y Foods, Inc. She has served on PMA's retail board and floral council and remains involved with initiatives in the floral industry.

In related news, Peter Goulet, president, Pinnacle Sales & Marketing, Inc., was installed chairman of the trade group's 2006-2007 board of directors, as were three other officers and 23 directors, including: chairman-elect Bruce Taylor, chairman and c.e.o., Taylor Farms California, Inc.; secretary/treasurer Dave Corsi, v.p. of produce and floral, Wegmans Food Markets; and executive committee chair Janet Erickson, e.v.p., purchasing and quality assurance, Del Taco LLC.

Other PMA directors include:
Retail division chairman Michael O'Brien, v.p./produce, Schnuck Markets, Inc.; foodservice chairman Mikel Weber, v.p./operations east, Golden Corral Corp.; John Anderson, chairman, president and c.e.o., The Oppenheimer Group; Anthony Barbieri, director of produce, Acme Markets, Inc.; Leonard Batti, v.p./production and processing, NewStar Fresh Foods; Pablo Borquez, president, Campo Pablo Borquez; Craig Carlson, v.p./produce and floral, Pathmark Stores, Inc.; Mike Cavallero, president, North America Tropical Fresh Fruit, Dole Fresh Fruit Co.; Daniel Crimmins, purchasing manager, University of Notre Dame; Margaret D'Arrigo-Martin, e.v.p., sales and marketing, D'Arrigo Brothers of California; David Gill, partner, Gills Onions; Don Harris, v.p./produce and floral, Wild Oats Markets, Inc.; Mike Maxwell, president, Procacci Brothers Sales Corp., John McGuigan, v.p./fresh fruit sales, Sunkist Growers, Inc.; Lisa McNeece, v.p./foodservice and industrial sales, Grimmway Enterprises, Inc.; Jeff Patterson, a.v.p./produce and floral, BJ's Wholesale Club; Chris Puentes, president, Interfresh, Inc.; Tim Riley, s.v.p., Giumarra Cos.; Rob Robson, c.e.o., OneHarvest; Andrew Sharp, business development director, Mack Multiples (UK); Mike Spinazzola, president, Diversified Restaurant Systems; Steve Tursi, produce merchandise manager, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

The following executives retired from PMA's board: former executive committee chairman Steve Junqueiro, v.p./operations, Save Mart Supermarkets; Bud Floyd, v.p., C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc.; Gene Harris, senior purchasing manager, Denny's Corp.; Daniel Kieviet, managing director, Fresh World (Pty) Ltd.; Francisco Obregon, president, Obregon and Associates, Inc.; Norman Saville, president, Produce Source Partners; and William Schuler, president and c.e.o., Castellini Co., Wilder, Ky.
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