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MAITLAND, FL -- Two veteran staff members of the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association have been named vice presidents of the organization as part of a staff realignment, FFVA President Mike Stuart announced.

Dan Botts, currently director of the Environmental & Pest Management Division, has been named vice president of industry resources. He will oversee FFVA's pest management, water and natural resources, and food safety and sustainability activities. He will be actively recruiting individuals to manage those functions.

Walter Kates, director of labor relations, has been named vice president of labor relations. He will continue to oversee FFVA's labor relations activities. Joining him will be Mike Carlton, currently executive director of the Florida Specialty Crop Foundation. In addition to his new duties, Mr. Carlton will continue to coordinate the activities of the foundation until a successor is named.

The changes are designed to better align the association's staff structure with its strategic planning initiatives.

"Our strategic planning process, as well as our member survey data, suggested that we further enhance FFVA's strong expertise in key issue areas for our membership: labor relations, pest management, food safety and natural resource management," Mr. Stuart said in a Feb. 3 press release. "These staff changes and additions will help us strengthen our efforts in these important areas."