United Fresh Now Accepting “Women in Produce” Nominations

United Fresh Produce Association is now accepting nominations to help select an honoree to speak at the annual Reception Honoring Women in Produce, Thursday, June 12 at the United Fresh 2014 convention in Chicago. Each year, United Fresh recognizes the contributions of all women working in the produce industry and honors one outstanding female industry leader at this reception.

“This event is a great time to celebrate the contributions so many women make to the produce industry,” says Tom Stenzel, president and CEO for United Fresh. “Each year, we have the opportunity to be inspired by the personal career paths of different leaders who serve as role models to us all, men and women alike.”

Lisa McNeece, 2013 Women in Produce Honoree and vice president of foodservice and industrial sales for Grimmway Enterprises, says it was an amazing experience to be awarded the honor last year. “I encourage the produce industry to participate in the nomination process and recognize the many outstanding women who contribute to our industry,”  she adds.

Nomination forms may be downloaded online at http://www.unitedfreshshow.org/WIP and must be received by Thursday, March 27.

Past Women in Produce Honorees include:

Dan’l Mackey Almy, DMA Solutions
Tonya Antle, Tanimura & Antle
Frieda Rapoport Caplan, Frieda’s
Margaret D’Arrigo , Taylor Farms
Jan DeLyser, California Avocado Commission
Jan Fleming, Strube Celery & Vegetable Co.
Janice Honigberg, Sun Belle
Lorri Koster, Mann Packing Co.
Lisa McNeece, Grimmway Farms
Kathleen Nave, California Table Grape Commission
Dr. Martha Rhodes-Roberts, University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences
Steffanie Smith, River Point Farms
Heather Shavey, Costco Wholesale
Mayda Sotomayor-Kirk, Seald Sweet International
Rosemary Talley, Talley Farms
Jenney Tenney, The Kroger Co.

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