Mayda Sotomayor-Kirk, chief executive officer of Seald Sweet International-Univeg Group, was honored at the 2011 United Fresh Reception Honoring Women in Produce .
Ms. Sotomayor-Kirk was lauded by several produce industries leaders, including outgoing United Chairman Steffanie Smith, CEO of River Point Farms. The 2011 honoree is a native of Havana, Cuba, and emigrated with her family when she was a small child.
Growing up in south Florida, Ms. Sotomayor-Kirk had aspirations to become a lawyer, but an entry-level sales job with Great American Farms, a Florida produce company, launched her career in fruits and vegetables.
After working her way up the corporate ladder with Great American Farms to the position of director of imports, she accepted the same position with Seald Sweet.
In 2004, Ms. Sotomayor-Kirk became the company’s first female senior vice president, and in 2007 she was named CEO — also a first in Seald Sweet’s century-long history.