TORONTO — The 2013 CPMA Convention and Trade Show in Toronto marked the end of Jim DiMenna’s term as chairman of the association
Mr. DiMenna, president, owner and chief executive officer of JemD Farms, who passed the torch to Walt Breeden of the Oppenheimer Group, reflected back on his year in the spotlight and the culmination of the largest CPMA show in history.
Mr. DiMenna had three goals for his tenure as chairman: to continue the new governance model established in 2011; to continue to build relationships with regional partners, both domestic and international; and to support the convention committee in putting together the aforementioned largest convention in CPMA’s history. He felt he was successful in meeting all three goals, in addition to leaving CPMA in good financial shape.
The convention had a record number of booths (524), but to Mr. DiMenna the most exciting sign of growth was the way so many events were filled to capacity.
For example, the Chairman’s Welcome Reception held at Toronto landmark Casa Loma served fabulous food to a sold-out crowd. According to Mr. DiMenna, the key to this success was, “a convention committee dream team and the support of the passionate staff.”
Overall, he felt all his goals were made possible by working with such great directors and staff.
Of course, Mr. DiMenna put in a great deal of hard work himself, and he gave credit to his JemD Farm’ corporate team and his wife, Barb, as the support they gave him allowed him to realize his vision as CPMA chair.
In terms of his career, the timing of the opportunity to serve as CPMA chairman was perfect. JemD Farms was recognized last year as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies.
Looking ahead, Mr. DiMenna has a big greenhouse project in Virginia, and he will continue to tend the growth of the Canadian and Mexican sides of his business.
“I’ll continue to strive to be the best in my class — and maybe get my golf game back!” he said.