Yesterday, the United Fresh Produce Association announced the 2021-2022 Leadership Class 26 members of the United Fresh Produce Industry Leadership Program. United Fresh introduced the 12 members of Class 26 in a live webinar, which included a celebration of Class 25, ahead of their next graduation. months at the United Fresh Washington conference. Sponsored by Corteva Agriscience â¢, the leadership program was launched in 1995 and has graduated over 250 program participants.
The Produce Industry Leadership Program welcomes the following professionals to its 26th class:
- Sonya Carrillo, Wonderful Citrus
- Travis Catalani, B. Catalani, Inc.
- Kyle Hackett, Dayka and Hackett
- John Haycox, Wholesale Costco
- Austin Kirtley, Management of Kesi
- Meaghan McGrath, Local bounti
- Kathy Michael Sponheim, Michael Family Farms
- William Nardelli Jr., Nardelli Brothers
- Rachelle Schulken, Renaissance Food Group
- Jeremy Taylor, DNO produce
- Joseph Vargas, FirstFruits Marketing
- Jennifer Velasquez, Full tilt marketing
âClass 26 includes a large number of promising leaders in the fresh produce industry,â said Amanda Griffin, vice president, education and program management, United Fresh. âWe have planned an engaging leadership journey for the class over the next year, including an exciting return to in-person events.
Starting in September, members of the 26 Leadership Class will participate in educational events and outings focused on the four main areas of focus of the program: Leadership Development, Business Relations, Government and Public Affairs, and Media and Public Communications. .
Photo: United Fresh
âWe are proud to continue to support the industry’s premier leadership program, investing in future industry leaders as well as the fresh produce industry as a whole,â said Joe Kelsay, US Food Chain CoNNEXT, from the sponsor of the Corteva Agriscience program. âWe are delighted that the first Fellows of the next quarter century of the program are starting their journey soon. “
During the one-year scholarship, participants will participate in a series of personalized trips including face-to-face meetings with key industry players, hands-on training with top industry experts and educators. , interactive experiences with influential leaders in Washington and more. . First, Class 26 will attend the annual United Fresh Washington conference, September 20-22 in Washington, DC.
Candidates selected for the program submitted an application that included essays on what they consider to be the most significant challenges affecting the fruit and vegetable industry and had interviews with members of the membership leadership advisory committee. of the United Fresh Board of Directors and alumni of the program. The committee assesses each candidate based on their experience and expertise, while developing a balanced class that is representative of the industry.