The Fresh Produce & Floral Council featured a Business Tool Kit panel at its February luncheon in Southern California. A handful of experts gave advice on taxes, insurance, banking, human resources and PACA. The event was held at the Sheraton Hotel in Cerritos on Feb. 6 with about 200 members and guests in attendance.
Blake Lee of Bristol Farms with Dan Acevedo of GreenFruit Avocados.
Doug Hoover of IFCO and Blair Butterworth of Grimmway Farms.
Donald Snyder and Akash Sehgal of Green Hanson Janks.
Mary Fosano of Vision Produce Co. and Julio Alvarado of Coast Tropical.
Gahl Crane of Eco Farms, John Fujii of Bristol Farms and Bruce Flanigan of Advantage Fresh.
Rachelle Schulken of Renaissance Food Group with Megan Stallings and Peter Shore of Calavo Growers.
Maryam Nikkhah of Pete's Living Greens and Amanda Grillo of CMC Sales & Marketing.
Rod Kramer of BCS Packaging Solutions with Steve Hattendorf and Karen Brux of the Chilean Fresh Fruit Association.
Roberta Davis Lewis and Cliff Cherry of ICD/Davis Lewis Orchards.
Nancy Hamilton of Advantage Fresh and Don Gann of Stater Bros. Markets, who served as luncheon emcee.
Mark Aguirre and Jay Helberg of Valley Fruit & Produce.
Kristyn Lawson of Preferred Sales and Brad Martin of Perimeter Sales & Merchandising.
Anthony Shoghi and Kim Manshadi of Moonland Produce with Rob Rasmussen and Esmeralda Mejia of Westlake Produce Co.
Chris Jacoby of Veg-Fresh Farms and Rick Cruz of Pavilions.
Kristin Kvesic of Orange County Food Bank with Ted Kohlenberger of National Resource Management.
Peter Steinbrick of Melissa's Produce and Eric Veltri of Empire Marketing Strategies.
Amanda Nojadera of Quebec Distributing, Craig Smith of Interfresh, Josh Estebane and Susie Rea of West Pak Avocado, Yadira Gonzales of Interfresh, Kellie Weaver of Veg-Fresh Farms, and Brandon Gritters of Interfresh.
Jack Gyben of Progressive Produce, Therese Ferrara of Preferred Sales and Rick Cruz of Pavilions.
Kraig Loomis of GreenFruit Avocados and John Cravens of Yericic Label.
Myisha Nathaniel of Raley's and Terence Billingsley of Mann Packing.
David Hewitt and Mark Munger of 4EARTH Farms.