LA 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.
Gretchen Kreidler of SunFed and Mac Riggan of Chelan Fresh.
Ron Carkoski, who recently retired as chief executive officer at Four Seasons Family of Cos. and the recipient of the United Fresh Lifetime Achievement Award, with Steve Ottum of Potandon Produce.
Dave Donat of Produce Pro with Mike Gatz of Bushman's Inc.
Kim Flores of Pro Citrus Network and Karen Nardozza of Moxxy Marketing.
Rick Bravo of Ocean Mist Farms and Kevin Stanger of Wada Farms.
Cindy Jewell, vice president of marketing at California Giant Berry Farms and chair of the United Fresh board of directors, addressed attendees at the gala honoring Ron Carkoski with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
David Hollinger, founder and chairman of the Four Seasons Family of Cos., spoke of his longtime business and personal relationship with Ron Carkoski, who recently retired from Four Seasons and who was honored with United's Lifetime Achievement Award.
Ron Carkoski, recently retired as chief executive officer of Four Seasons Family of Cos. and an accomplished pianist and vocalist, regaled attendees of the United FreshStart Foundation gala with his rendition of 'Sometimes' by the Carpenters.
Cindy Jewell, vice president of marketing at California Giant Berry Farms and chair of the United Fresh board of directors, presents Ron Carkoski with the association's Lifetime Achievement Award.
Tom Stenzel, president and chief executive officer of the United Fresh Produce Association, addressed attendees during the United FreshStart Foundation gala.
Phil Muir, owner of Muir Copper Canyon Farms and chairman of the United Fresh board of trustees, addressed attendees during the United FreshStart Foundation gala.
Michael Muzyk (right), president and chief executive officer of Baldor Specialty Foods, who served as guest auctioneer during the United FreshStart Foundation live auction, speaks with Greg Corrigan of Raley's and Lisa Davis, who agreed to host a dinner as part of the auction.