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Rich Dachman to lead 2011-12 PMA board of directors

by Press Release | October 15, 2011

The 2011-12 Produce Marketing Association board of directors took office during the association's 2011 Fresh Summit International Convention & Exposition in Atlanta. Chairman of the Board Rich Dachman, vice president of produce at Sysco Corp., based in Houston, was joined by three other officers and 29 directors.

"I'm honored to have the opportunity to serve the industry in this position, especially as PMA sharpens its focus and follows through with its rebranding, focused on growth," Mr. Dachman said in an Oct. 14 press release. "There's a lot of work ahead, and I'm looking forward to the close collaboration in the coming year with my outstanding colleagues. Our industry itself is going through a reimaging as all eyes are on fruits and vegetables to solve the many dietary challenges that face our country. Our behind-the-scenes-efforts will have a big impact as we seek to increase consumption of the best and healthiest food known."

Other newly appointed PMA officers are Chairman-Elect Jan DeLyser, vice president of marketing, California Avocado Commission in Irvine, CA; Secretary/Treasurer Derrick Jenkins, vice president of produce and floral at Wakefern Food Corp. in Elizabeth, NJ; Immediate Past Chairman, Mike O'Brien, vice president of produce and floral at Schnuck Markets Inc. in St. Louis; Vice Chairman Tim Riley, executive vice president at The Giumarra Cos. in Los Angeles; and Vice Chairman Jim Corby, vice president of produce at Delhaize America in Salisbury, NC. Together with PMA President and CEO Bryan Silbermann, the officers comprise a seven-person Executive Committee.

The directors of the association are:

Michael Agostini, senior director of produce and floral at Walmart in Bentonville, AR.

Mitch Ardantz, managing partner at Bonipak Produce in Santa Maria, CA.

Greg Calistro, executive director of produce and floral at Save Mart Supermarkets in Modesto, CA.

Marty Craner, president/owner of B&C Fresh in Orange, CA.

Tina Fitzgerald, director of produce and corporate and social responsibility at IPC-Independent Purchasing Cooperative in Miami.

Patrick Hynes, senior director of purchasing at Darden Restaurants in Orlando, FL.

Dan Johnson, corporate director of produce and floral sales and marketing at The Kroger Co. in Cincinnati.

Alec Leach, president of Taylor Farms Inc. in Salinas, CA.

Dave Lessard, director of produce at Ahold USA Retail in Assonet, MA.

Martin Ley, vice president at Del Campo Supreme in Nogales, AZ.

Larry McIntosh, president and CEO at Peak of the Market in Winnipeg.

Matt Middleton, vice president of sales at Marie's/Ventura Foods in Dallas.

Victor Moller, president at Hortifrut SA in San Jose, Costa Rica.

Robert Ondrus, director of category management produce/wet salads/refrigerated potatoes at Monarch Foods/Division of U.S. Foodservice in Chicago.

John Oxford, president and CEO at L&M Cos. in Raleigh, NC.

Frank Padilla, vice president and GMM produce & Meat at Costco Wholesale in Seattle.

David Parsley, senior vice president of supply chain management at Brinker International Inc. in Dallas.

Joe Pezzini, chief operating officer at Ocean Mist Farms in Castroville, CA.

Victor Smith, CEO at Fresh Innovations LLC in Yuma, AZ.

Mike Solomon, president and CEO at Ready Pac Foods in Irwindale, CA.

Mayda Sotomayor-Kirk, CEO at Seald Sweet International in Vero Beach, FL.

Craig Stephen, vice president and general manager-bananas and Fresh Select at Chiquita Brands International in Cincinnati.

Michael Stuart, president of the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association in Maitland, FL.

Maureen Torrey-Marshall, vice president at Torrey Farms Inc. in Elba, NY.

David Werner, corporate director of marketing at Ben E. Keith Foods in Fort Worth, TX.

Jin Ju Wilder, president of Status Gro in South Pasadena, CA.


Ex-officio members of the board are:

John Anderson, chairman of the PMA Foundation for Industry Talent and chairman, president and CEO of The Oppenheimer Group, Coquitlam, BC.

Felicity Robson-Rous, chairman of PMA Australia-New Zealand and general manager of corporate affairs and sustainability at OneHarvest, Brisbain, Australia.


Retiring from the board are: Dwight Ferguson, president and CEO of Naturipe Farms in Naples, FL.

Russ Hanlin, president of Sunkist Growers in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Derrick Jenkins, vice president of produce and floral at Wakefern Food Corp. in Elizabeth, NJ.

Michael Simonetta, CEO of Perfection Fresh Australia in New South Wales, Australia.

Maurice Totty, director of produce sales at FAC Food Logistics in Rocky Mount, NC.

Will Wedge, owner of Will's Shop N Save in Dover-Foxcroft, ME.