Latest produce industry leaders make the grade

The United Fresh Produce Association has announced the members of the 2017-2018 United Fresh Produce Industry Leadership Program Leadership Class 23.

Sponsored by a grant from DuPont Crop Protection, this program was launched in 1995 and has graduated more than 200 program participants.

These professionals comprise the 23rd class:

•Alisha Albinder, Hudson River Fruit Distributors, Milton NY

•Joel Buurma, Buurma Farms Inc, Willard OH

•Kristen Catalani Small, Del Monte Fresh Produce, Dallas TX

•Tyler Clear, Deardorff Family Farms, Oxnard CA

•Alex DiNovo, DNO Produce, Columbus OH

•Kent Ford, Taylor Farms Tennessee, Smyrna TN

•Jordan Grainger, Castellini Company, Wilder KY

•Troy Le Cheminant, Westlake Produce Company, Irwindale CA

•Kelly Miller, Griffin Ranches Inc, Somerton AZ

•Mackenzie Mills, River Point Farms, Hermiston OR

•Claudia Pizarro-Villalobos, D’Arrigo Brothers Company of California, Salinas CA

•Michael Schadler, Florida Tomato Exchange, Maitland FL

•Lesley Sykes, SCS Global Services, Emeryville CA

•Michael Wellnitz, Costco Wholesale, Issaquah WA

•Hunter Winton, Robinson Fresh, Phoenix AZ

Beginning in July, the members of Leadership Class 23 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 trips that include face-to-face meetings with leading industry players, hands-on training with top industry experts and educators, and interactive experiences with influential leaders in Washington. This year’s schedule will feature trips to California, Washington DC, Wilmington DE, Costa Rica, and Chicago, where the class will graduate at the 2018 United Fresh Convention.

For additional information on the Produce Industry Leadership Program, go to or contact Amanda Griffin at [email protected] or 202-303-3412.

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