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Carkoski honored at United FreshStart Foundation gala

10LA QUINTA, CA — Friends, family, co-workers and produce industry peers raised a glass in honor of Ron Carkoski, here, on Jan. 15 at the United FreshStart Foundation’s gala dinner.

Carkoski, who retired Dec. 21 as chief executive officer of Four Seasons Family of Cos., was presented with the United Fresh Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition for a distinguished career that featured a number of volunteer leadership positions in the industry.

Carkoski, an accomplished musician and vocalist, sat at a grand piano and performed a rendition of the Carpenters’ “Sometimes” before expressing his gratitude for the award and recognizing the many important people in his life, including his wife, children, grandchildren and produce industry colleagues.

Carkoski joins an illustrious list of Lifetime Achievement Award recipients, including Hugh Topper, Bruce McEvoy, Rick and Tonya Antle, Mike Cavallero, Joe Procacci, Reggie Griffin, Frieda Caplan and Bob Grimm (posthumously).

Chris Wada of Northshore Living and John Freitas of Fresh Origins.