New Produce Industry Leaders Set to Helm United Fresh Board

A new slate of officers and directors has been nominated to serve on the United Fresh Produce Association’s board of directors, effective at the trade group’s April 20 meeting.

Jim Lemke, SVP of Eden Prairie, Minn.-based CH Robinson Worldwide, Inc. has been nominated United Fresh chairman, while chairman-elect is Steffanie Smith, CEO of Hermiston, Ore.-based River Point Farms, LLC.

Current board chairman Tom Lovelace, EVP of Columbia, S.C.-based McEntire Produce, will move to the position immediate past chairman and remain on both the board and the executive committee, while Michael Cavallero, president of Dole Food Co.’s North America Tropical Fresh Fruit, will continue to serve an ongoing term as secretary-treasurer.

The following industry leaders have been nominated to serve as new members of the United Fresh Board for a two-year term beginning April 2009:

--Jan Berk, VP, San Miguel Produce, Inc., Oxnard, Calif.
--John L. Chrosniak, director, N. America Crop Protection, DuPont Crop Protection, Wilmington, Del.
--Ana Hooper, VP, Total Quality, Darden Restaurants, Orlando, Fla.
--Lorri A. Koster, co-chair, Mann Packing Co., Salinas, Calif.
--David W. Krause, president, Paramount Citrus Association, Delano, Calif.
--Jackson Woodward, president/CEO, Horton Fruit Co., Louisville, Ky.

Current board members nominated to new positions of service leading expert advisory councils are:

--Chair, Government Relations Council: Barry Bedwell, president/CEO, California Grape & Treefruit League, Fresno, Calif.
Chair, Nutrition and Health Council: Ashley W. Rawl, director, sales & marketing, Walter P. Rawl & Sons, Pelion, S.C.

The following current at-large board members will continue service: Nelia Alamo, Gills Onions; Mike Celani, Ready Pac Produce; Peter John Condakes, Peter Condakes Co., Inc.; Tony DiMare, DiMare Co.; Pete Donlon, Earthbound Farm; Charles Hall, Georgia Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association; Roger Harkrider, HEB Grocery Co.; Brent Harrison, Al Harrison Co. Distributors; Brian Kocher, Chiquita Brands International; Michael Martin, Rio Queen, Inc.; Phillip Muir, Muir Copper Canyon Farms; Mark Murai, California Strawberry Commission; Robin Poynton, One Harvest; Doug Riley, Hy-Vee, Inc.; Alan Temple, B&W Quality Growers, Inc.; Alessandro Turatti, Turatti SRL; Rick Urschel, Urschel Labs; and Geoff White, Safeway, Inc.
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