NOGALES, AZ -- The Fresh Produce Association of the Americas' annual
membership meeting May 11 here had several highlights, including Jaime
Chamberlain of JC Distributing assuming the chairman's position.
In addition, Alejandro Canelos of Apache Produce Imports was elected to fill
the position of chairman-elect, members had the opportunity to meet new
FPAA President Lance Jungmeyer, and a slate of board directors was elected
by the membership.
Mr. Chamberlain is the owner of JC Distributing in Nogales, AZ, and has been
involved with the association for many years as a member and a director on
the board. He spent two years as chairman-elect before moving into the
chairman's position during the annual meeting.
Mr. Canelos of Apache Produce Imports, also in Nogales, AZ, has served on
the FPAA board as the chairman of its tomato division and has been involved
in the produce industry for many years.
Mr. Ciruli, now the association's past-chairman, said in a May 12 press
release, "The annual meeting is so important for us to be able to sit down as
a group, discuss issues affecting the industry, and elect representatives to
our board. Having worked closely with Jaime Chamberlain during my time as
chairman, I can say that he is going to do fantastic things for this
organization. The new chairman-elect, Alejandro Canelos, will bring a great
amount of energy to this board, and I look forward to seeing all of the good
things they are going to do for this industry."
Mr. Ciruli added, "This year's meeting is all the more important as we
welcome Lance Jungmeyer into our family of importers, brokers,
customhouse brokers, and allied industry members."
Mr. Jungmeyer, who started May 10 as FPAA president, addressed members
for the first time during the annual meeting. "With Jaime, Alejandro and
myself moving into leadership positions, there is a lot of new blood at the
FPAA," Mr. Jungmeyer said in the press release. "Our industry partners can
expect a fresh, pragmatic approach. With food-safety legislation in the
works, we will take a proactive stance to ensure that imports receive fair
The meeting concluded with the election of seven distributor directors and
two associate directors to the FPAA board. Ricardo Crisantes of Cris-P
Produce was newly elected to the board of directors for a two-year term.
Also joining the board after returning to Meyer LLC is Jesse Driskill.
The following members were re-elected to a two-year term: Bobby Astengo
of Prime Time International, TJ Bauer of L&M Cos., Bobby Benne of Ta-De
Distributing, Martin Ley of Del Campo Supreme and Bert Monteverde of H.M.
Rod Sbragia of FoodSource-Nogales and Chuck Thomas of Thomas Produce
were re-elected for a one-year term.