Program Brings Family Business Representatives to DC to Engage in Industry’s Premier Policy Event
WASHINGTON, DC – United Fresh Produce Association is pleased to announce the four recipients of the 2014 Frieda Rapoport Caplan Family Business Scholarships: Nick Chappell, California Giant Berry Farms, Watsonville, CA; Mary Griffin Campbell, Griffin Ranches, Somerton, AZ; Tyler Phipps, Market Fresh Produce, Nixa, MO; and Cody Ramsey, Mann Packing Co., Salinas, CA.
The Frieda Rapoport Caplan Business Scholarship Program provides the opportunity for representatives from family-owned businesses to attend the United Fresh Washington Conference. The four scholarship recipients will receive complimentary airfare, hotel and registration to participate in the conference, September 8-10.
The Washington Conference brings together hundreds of produce leaders from all sectors of the industry for education on critical industry issues and meetings with members of Congress, their staffs and top regulatory officials. Scholarship recipients will have an opportunity to network with produce industry executives from across the country, as well as gain an understanding of the political process and how to advocate for their priority issues.
The Frieda Rapoport Caplan Family Business Scholarship Program was founded in 2001 by sisters Karen Caplan and Jackie Caplan Wiggins, in honor of their mother, Frieda Rapoport Caplan. The program expands opportunities for representatives from family businesses to attend United’s Washington Conference. Each year, the scholarship committee reviews applicants for the program using several criteria, including each candidate’s interest in advocacy work and commitment to the produce industry.
“Thanks to the very generous support and leadership of the Caplan family, family businesses throughout the industry benefit from this exceptional leadership opportunity,” said Victoria Backer, United Fresh senior vice president of member services. “This year’s scholarship recipients will take part in all facets of The Washington Conference, and acquire the skills they need to be effective advocates on the issues that impact their businesses and the fresh produce industry.”
For more information on the Frieda Rapoport Caplan Family Business Scholarship Program and The Washington Conference, contact United Fresh at 202-303-3400.