Lipman, a leading open field tomato grower, has elected Jeff Gargiulo to its board of directors. A produce industry veteran, Gargiulo currently owns and operates Gargiulo Vineyards, a Napa Valley winery, and is the chairman of Greenleaf Produce, a produce foodservice distributor in San Francisco.
Gargiulo and his family owned Gargiulo Tomato for decades before selling the company, which still bears his name. He served as presidentand chief executive officer for Sunkist Growers, and is a past chairman of the Produce Marketing Association.
"Jeff grew up growing and packing tomatoes, surrounded by Florida agriculture", Kent Shoemaker, chief executive officer of Lipman, said in a press release. "We're thrilled to have him join our board of directors and look forward to his insight as he returns to the tomato business."
Gargiulo is on the Oakville Wine Growers board of directors and a member of the Florida Council of 100. He also supports an array of charitable organizations throughout the United States. His is a graduate of Florida State University.