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Stannard named new USApple chair

The U.S. Apple Association has named a new chair to lead its board of directors. Kaari Stannard, a New York marketer, packer and grower, will serve the 2018-19 term.  Kaari-Stannard

Stannard, owner of New York Apple Sales Inc., one of the largest marketers of New York state apples, has been in the apple business since 1996. She is a partner in both Pomona Packing and Lake Ontario Fruit, which are apple packing facilities located in western New York. Stannard is also a partner in Fish Creek Orchards, located in Orleans County.

“Kaari’s breadth of knowledge about and dedication to the apple industry have been instrumental in helping shape the direction of USApple during her board tenure over the last several years,” said USApple President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Bair. “Her passion for the apple industry, coupled with her can-do leadership style, will serve USApple and its members well during the next year.”

Aside from her leadership with USApple, Stannard is a past treasurer and current board member of the U.S. Apple Export Council and served two terms as board member of the New York Apple Association. She is a past member of the grower shipper board for United Fresh Produce Association and is a graduate of its leadership program. She has and continues to serve on various Produce Marketing Association committees.

Stannard is a licensed CPA and holds a bachelor’s degree in business and accounting from the State University at Buffalo. She succeeds 2017-18 Chair Mark Boyer, co-owner of Ridgetop Orchards near Fishertown, PA.