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SPC fall conference gets under way with opening reception

MYRTLE BEACH, SC — Over 200 people attended the Southeast Produce Council's "Get Acquainted Cocktail Reception" Thursday evening, Sept. 26, officially kicking off the council's 2014 fall conference, according to SPC Executive Director Terry Vorhees.

Close to 285 people were expected during this year's annual event, held Sept. 25-28, here, at the Myrtle Beach Marriott Resort & Spa at Grand Dunes.

SPC428aDavid Sherrod of Apio Inc. and first vice president of the Southeast Produce Council with Mike Prather of Flavor Pic Tomato.Following a number of committee meetings, directors meetings and the opening reception, two workshops were scheduled for Friday morning, Sept. 27, one on best hiring practices and another on locally grown produce.

After that, attendees were looking forward to the general session and luncheon, where former football coach Bobby Bowden of Florida State University was scheduled to deliver the keynote address.

Another highlight of the general session is the state-of-the-council address, which will be delivered this year by SPC President Andrew Scott, who recently joined Superior Sales Inc. in Hudsonville, MI, as vice president of sales and marketing.

Friday's events were scheduled to conclude with the president's dinner dance.

On Saturday, the main activity is the 14th annual Ken Lanhardt Memorial Golf Tournament. The SPC event concludes with the "Ultimate Tailgate Party & Margaritaville Party."

Next year's fall conference is scheduled to take place in late September at the Brasstown Valley Resort in Young Harris, GA.