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PMA Foundation Tip Murphy Scholarship winners announced

The Produce Marketing Association Foundation for Industry Talent has recently announced the third annual Tip Murphy Scholarship for Leadership Excellence recipients for 2013. Tony Harmon of Nathel International and Juliette King of Nielsen Perishables Group were selected by the PMA Foundation and the Scholarship Selection Committee. The scholarship is part of the PMA Foundation’s initiative to establish a workforce with the diverse skills necessary to meet the complex demands of business.

Both recipients have chosen to pursue the PMA Foundation Emerging Leaders Program, designed to offer an intensive knowledge and relationship-building program focusing on equipping tomorrow's leaders with critical management and thinking skills. Partnering with the well-renowned business school Thunderbird School of Global Management, Harmon and King will first join the rest of the 2014 class April 6-10 in Glendale, AZ, for one of several exercises throughout the year.

“I am so excited for the opportunity to collaborate and interact with other young professionals that share my passion for the produce industry,” King said in a press release. “We will be able to develop our leadership skills in a program that is designed around the unique characteristics of our global industry. The program will help prepare me to be the leader that I want to be.”

“The scholarship will enable me to develop new skills that can be applied to my everyday duties,” Harmon said in the release. “At the same time, I can expand my leadership skills that add value professionally and personally.”

The scholarship covers registration fees and associated hotel expenses for any of the PMA Foundation’s professional development programs, and is funded by supporters of the Tip Murphy Legacy Fund, an endowment established by friends and colleagues of Murphy to honor his life and career. Their current efforts to support the fund include the Tip Murphy Memorial Golf Tournament, an annual event.

The fund and scholarship program are managed by the PMA Foundation as part of its mission to attract, develop and retain talent for the global produce and floral industry. For more information about the scholarship or to apply in 2014, visit