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Leadership Alumni Organization

The Produce Industry Leadership Program has graduated hundreds of “fellows” who have continued their successful careers in the produce industry. Today’s graduates are executives of major produce businesses, leaders of prominent organizations, and some of the most well-known people in the industry. Many serve on the boards of directors and organizational committees of the nation’s most successful companies.

In 2006, the graduates of the leadership program formed the United Fresh Produce Industry Leadership Alumni Organization as an opportunity for program graduates to continue their leadership journeys and give back to the produce community.

Alumni Organization Activities

  • Reunion dinners at the United Fresh Annual Convention and The Washington Conference
  • Salute to Leadership Raffle
  • Leadership Alumni Newsletter
  • Annual Outstanding Alumnus Award

Meet your 2015-16 Leadership Alumni Organization Board!

  • Greg Kurkjian, Chairman (Class 7) – Vice President, Retail Sales, IFCO Systems
  • Helena Beckett (Class 18) – Director of Category Management, Tanimura & Antle
  • Natalie Erlendson (Class 18) – Program Marketing Manager, Sun World International
  • Anthony Gallino (Class 13) – Vice President, Sales, California Giant Berry Farms
  • Phil Gruszka (Class 15) –Principal, Gruszka Consulting
  • Gretchen Kreidler (Class 16) – Director of Business Development, Grow Farms
  • Nick Mascari (Class 16) – Assistant Procurement Director, Indianapolis Fruit Co.
  • Lance McMillan (Class 6) – Director of National Accounts, Sunkist Growers, Inc.
  • Beth Oleson (Class 17) – Director of Education & Food Safety, GA Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association
  • Mark Peterson (Class 12) – General Manager, Robinson Fresh
  • Kristen Reid (Class 18) – Vice President, MIXTEC Group
  • Debi Street (Class 6) – Director Variety Development & Innovation, Village Farms
  • Jamie Weisinger (Class 3) – Director of Community and Government Relations, Lipman
  • Gary York (Class 16) – General Manager, C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc

Join the Leadership Alumni Organization

All graduates of the United Fresh Leadership Program are eligible to join the Leadership Alumni Organization. Annual dues are $100, payable in the summer.

Download the Leadership Alumni Organization Membership Form.