Produce Industry Leadership Program

The Industry’s Premier Leadership Program

United Fresh is dedicated to providing promising, up-and-coming leaders with the tools they need to achieve success in the produce industry. The Produce Industry Leadership Program is designed for produce industry professionals ready to take the next step in their leadership journey.

United Fresh introduced the 12 members of Class 26 during a live webinar, which included a celebration of Class 25, before they graduate next month at the United Fresh Washington Conference

The Produce Industry Leadership Program welcomes the following professionals to its 26th Class:

Sonya Carrillo, Wonderful Citrus
Travis Catalani, B. Catalani, Inc.
Kyle Hackett, Dayka & Hackett
John Haycox, Costco Wholesale
Austin Kirtley, Kesi Management
Meaghan McGrath, Local Bounti
Kathy Michael Sponheim, Michael Family Farms
William Nardelli Jr., Nardelli Brothers
Rachelle Schulken, Renaissance Food Group
Jeremy Taylor, DNO Produce
Joseph Vargas, FirstFruits Marketing
Jennifer Velasquez, Full Tilt Marketing

Learn More about the Class

Established in 1995, the Produce Industry Leadership Program is made possible through the generous support of program sponsor Corteva Agriscience. With extensive involvement from professional trainers, faculty, leading United Fresh members and Corteva Agriscience executives, the program focuses on four core areas:

  • Leadership Development
  • Business Relationships
  • Government and Public Affairs
  • Media and Public Communications

Whether touring lettuce fields in California or citrus groves in Florida, building a deeper understanding of each other’s businesses while trekking across the country in a bus, participants learn some of the most important industry lessons and skills from each other.

Application

Meet the Current Class

United Fresh introduced the 12 members of Class 26 during a live webinar, which included a celebration of Class 25, before they graduate next month at the United Fresh Washington Conference.

Meet Class 26

How the Program Shapes Careers

In 2015, United Fresh and DuPont celebrated the 20th Anniversary of the Leadership Program. Hear directly from our program graduates on how this program has shaped their careers.

For questions about the program, contact Amanda Griffin, Vice President, Education & Program Management, at 202.303.3412.

Special thanks to our program sponsor: