MONTEREY, CA — The Produce Marketing Association’s Center for Growing Talent saw its largest turnout for the Women’s Fresh Perspectives reception, held July 28, here, during the annual PMA Foodservice Conference & Expo.
A capacity crowd enjoyed sweeping views of the Monterey Bay and downtown Monterey atop the Monterey Marriott Hotel while taking advantage of networking opportunities and celebrating the dynamic women in the produce industry. The reception was sponsored by the Idaho Potato Commission and Duda Farm Fresh Foods, with The Produce News as the exclusive media sponsor. Also in attendance were members of the Career Pathways program, representing the best and brightest incoming talent of the produce industry.
Rosio Bravo (center) of Fresno State University with Noemi Aguilar and Esmeralda Souza of Duda Farm Fresh Foods.
Kix Nystrom of the Cheesecake Factory and Susan Stacey of International Corporate Chefs.
Stephanie Johnson of HMC Farms and Erin Liu of LA & SF Specialty.
Diana McClean and Marci Alexander of Ocean Mist Farms.
Mike Bowe of Dave’s Specialty Imports and Jeanette DeConinck-Hertzler of Okanagan Specialty Fruits.
Angela Serna and Valda Coryat of the National Mango Board with Kelly Pacheco of Earl Enterprises.
Kathy Stephenson of USA Pears, Amy Myrdal Miller of Farmer’s Daughter Consulting and Missy Schaaphok of Taco Bell.
Emily Fragoso and Kristen Reid of Mixtec with Dave Cruz of the California Avocado Commission.
Tami Gutierrez and Carmen Placensia of Coastline Family Farms.
The Idaho Potato Commission, a sponsor of the reception, was represented by Matt Brigotti, Jamie Bowen, Chef Dave Woolley, Don Odiorne, IPC Commissioner James Hoff, Stanley Trout and Armand Lobato.
Nancy Johnson of Sysco and Leslie Simmons of Dave’s Specialty Imports, who are co-chairs of the Women’s Fresh Perspectives, welcomed attendees to the reception.
Jamie Bowen of the Idaho Potato Commission addressed WFP reception attendees as Nancy Johnson of Sysco displayed an IPC towel given to all attendees.
Rosio Bravo, a student at Fresno State and a participant in the Career Pathways program, working with Duda Farm Fresh Foods, spoke about her burgeoning career in the produce industry.
Maggie Giuffrida, social media editor and video host for The Produce News, the exclusive media sponsor of the Women’s Fresh Perspectives reception, addressed attendees of the WFP reception.
Noelle Downing (second from left) of Produce Careers with Jamie Bowen, Don Odiorne and Chef Dave Woolley of the Idaho Potato Commission.
PMA Foodservice Conference & Expo co-chairs Jill Overdorf of Naturipe and Brent Scattini of Mission Produce toast to a successful Women’s Fresh Perspectives reception.