NEWARK, DEL. – The Produce Advertising and marketing Affiliation (PMA) has six newly elected members on the PMA Board of Administrators, which works with PMA workers and different business members to assist perform the PMA mission to attach, inform and ship business options to reinforce member prosperity.
“I’m excited to welcome the six newly elected leaders to the PMA Board of Administrators,” mentioned Cathy Burns, chief government officer of PMA. “These volunteers are important to serving to PMA attain the targets set in our strategic plan and realizing our imaginative and prescient to develop a more healthy world. They supply strategic steering, thought management, and their very own distinctive views to information the group’s progress and worth to members and business. It’s a blessing to have their partnership and collaboration within the years forward.”
The brand new board members embody:
Alan Aguirre Ibarra – an business chief with intensive business and philanthropic expertise. He’s the CEO of Grupo Alta and Divine Taste LLC, an Worldwide Grower/Shipper firm with 29 years of expertise within the worldwide produce sector. Associated to Grupo Alta, he’s the president and founding father of Fundación Alta IAP, president of the Hermosillo Meals Financial institution, CEO of Distribuidora de Huevo de Baja California, and serves on the board of the Citi Banamex Group.
Amelie Aust – Co-CEO and second-generation proprietor at Fall Creek, a blueberry breeding and nursery firm serving berry corporations all through the Americas, EMEA and shortly Asia. She joined the household enterprise in 2008 when it was a US-only operation and helped lead progress over 10 years with operations now on 4 continents. Whereas incomes her grasp’s diploma in Mental Property Regulation, in Munich, Germany, Aust was a Fulbright Scholar on the Max Planck Institute. She additionally serves on the board of International Girls Contemporary.
Nikki Cossio – founder and CEO of Measure to Enhance. She is a acknowledged chief within the produce business identified for constructing profitable sustainability packages and implementing progressive options. She is an business educator, and visionary with quite a few awards and recognition for management and innovation in sustainability. Most not too long ago, she was acknowledged within the Packer 25 Profiles in Management for the ag business. Cossio at present serves on PMA’s sustainability committee and is a member of the Stewardship Index for Specialty Crops Coordinating Council supporting the rising on-farm sustainability metrics for specialty crops. In 2011 Cossio based the Monterey County Sustainability Working Group.
Amy L. Gates – former President of Frontera Produce of Edinburg, Texas. Gates entered the produce business when she joined the Frontera crew in 2004. She started her profession with Well-known Software program and labored with Frontera with its set up of the Enterprise Useful resource Planning (ERP) software program. She superior shortly at Frontera, impacting the group via streamlining and optimizing operations and methods, creating new corporations, and serving to the group develop into a frontrunner in traceability and meals security. She has served on the PTI Joint Business Management Council since 2009.
Daniel Mathieson – Chief Govt of Zespri, the grower-owned kiwifruit marketer, since September 2017. His focus continues to be on creating excellent individuals and groups who’re dedicated to delivering sustainable worth for growers, shoppers and all stakeholders that assist the wholesome progress of Zespri’s eco-system. His profession with Zespri has spanned virtually 20 years, and in his former function as Zespri’s President of International Gross sales and Advertising and marketing, he led Zespri’s gross sales and advertising operations and offshore markets, serving to ship a demand-led technique which has enabled Zespri to develop mature markets and diversify into new ones. Previous to Zespri, he labored in Tokyo for Omron and NEC.
Jim Richter – President and CEO of Amerifresh in Scottsdale, Ariz. Amerifresh is a strategic enterprise unit of US Meals and is a shipper, marketer, and sourcing firm for meals service, retail, and wholesale clients all through North America. Previous to becoming a member of Amerifresh, Richter spent 10 years at Wilcox Contemporary on the grower-shipper facet of the business and held the place of CEO in addition to an owner-partner in Northeast Distribution Providers, LLC. Moreover, he spent 25 years in retail supermarkets and comfort shops at H.E.B., Marsh, Randalls-Tom Thumb, and 7-Eleven in senior management roles. Richter has served as a PMA and Heart for Rising Expertise volunteer for a few years in quite a lot of capacities.