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Packer 25 2020 — Dave Puglia

When Dave Puglia, president and CEO of Western Growers, has to make a point for the ag industry with state or federal lawmakers, he is venturing into familiar territory.
Oct 24, 2020 by Tom Burfield #Packer 25, #People

Packer Insight — New products, awards, Florida and more

Get a rundown of the news of the week from Tom Karst, Chris Koger, Ashley Nickle and Amy Sowder on topics from Trevor Suslow leaving PMA to Oleen Smethurst receiving the Canadian Produce Person of the Year Award.

Packer 25 2020 — Paul Ramson

The lure of the produce business was irresistible, because it provided Paul Ramson with a chance to solve problems for a global market.

Packer 25 2020 — Shay Myers

It wasn’t a given 15 years ago that Shay Myers would come back to run the family business after graduating college.

Blueberry groups hire in marketing-communications, financial roles

Two groups that represent the U.S. blueberry industry have hired a vice president of marketing and communications and financial controller, which are new positions.

Packer 25 2020 — Stephanie Hilton

Stephanie Hilton continues to be a student of the produce industry, building each day on decades of experience, including 17 years with her own marketing firm.

Max Yeater joins Pacific International Marketing

Max Yeater, who spent the past 25 years at Pro*Act, is director of strategy at Pacific International Marketing, a new position at the Salinas, Calif., company.

Markon Cooperative names Andy Hamilton CEO

Andy Hamilton is the new CEO of Markon Cooperative, Salinas, Calif.

Kenneth Ruud joins Summit Packaging as regional sales rep

Kenneth Ruud has joined Summit Packaging Inc., Auburn, Wash., as a regional sales representative in Wenatchee, Wash.

Packer 25 2020 — James Harris

Grocery industry veteran James Harris has been doing formally for a while now what he had been doing informally his whole career: helping retailers find and develop local and minority suppliers.