MYRTLE BEACH, SC — The Southeast Produce Council surprised one of its own with a very special honor Friday evening, Sept. 27, during the council's 2013 fall conference, held here at the Marriott Resort & Spa at Grande Dunes, Sept. 25-28.
As dinner was ending but before the band started to play, the members of the Southeast Training Education Program for Produce Professionals' class of 2013 were introduced to those enjoying the evening. They all thanked co-chairs Faye Westfall of DiMare Fresh and Joe Watson of Rouses Supermarkets and spoke on how much the STEP-UPP program meant to them. Retiring members of the board of directors were also cited for their much-appreciated service.
And then SPC Executive Director Terry Vorhees called Tom Page to the stage. Page had retired June 24 from Supervalu Inc. after a long and illustrious career. He also was one of the founders of the council back in 1999 and served as its fifth president in 2008-10. And he continues to stay involved with the council's STEP-UPP program even his retirement from Supervalu.
But he was clearly surprised, even shocked, when he heard Vorhees announce that for all he has meant to the Southeast Produce Council, the council's annual golf tournament at its Southern Exposure conference and trade show would forever be known as the Tom Page Golf Classic at Southern Exposure.