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Mary Coppola Joins United Fresh As Senior Director, Marketing Communications

Nov 24, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC – United Fresh Produce Association welcomes Mary Coppola as Senior Director, Marketing Communications. Coppola will lead the association’s member communications and marketing functions, filling the position formerly held by Ray Gilmer.

Coppola was most recently Director of Marketing and Creative Services at the Healthcare Distribution Management Association based in Arlington, Va., where she oversaw communication and marketing functions relating to event, product, services and membership marketing. She joined HDMA in 2008 as Manager of Creative Services.

Prior to her work at HDMA, Coppola managed a design consultancy offering brand services to clients such as Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Ga., CaroLinks, Inc. in Charleston, S.C., and BFG Communications in Bluffton, S.C, in addition to numerous small businesses in real estate and food and beverage industries along the Atlantic coast corridor.

She has a master’s degree from the Savannah College of Art and Design, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. Coppola is a member of the American Marketing Association, the American Institute of Graphic Artists and the American Society of Association Executives. She has won numerous awards for creative marketing and advertising programs and most recently assisted in the founding of the DC Creative Guild.

“I’m excited to have Mary join our team at United Fresh,” said President and CEO Tom Stenzel.� “Mary will bring a fresh approach to our marketing and communications programs, helping us to better connect with and serve our members and constituents across the fresh produce and floral sectors.”

Coppola begins work at United Fresh November 24.


Founded in 1904, the United Fresh Produce Association brings together companies across every segment of the fresh produce supply chain, including growers, shippers, fresh-cut processors, wholesalers, distributors, retailers, foodservice operators, industry suppliers and allied associations. We empower industry leaders to shape sound government policy. We deliver the resources and expertise companies need to succeed in managing complex business and technical issues. We provide the training and development individuals need to advance their careers in produce. And, through these endeavors, we unite our industry with a common purpose – to build long-term value for our members and grow produce consumption. For more information, visit or call 202-303-3400.

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