More than 500 people attended the Western Growers Annual Meeting in mid-November. The event took place in Maui as Western Growers celebrated its 94th anniversary year Nov. 10-13 at the Wailea Beach Resort. The meeting included networking opportunities, including a golf tournament and a number of social gatherings. Ryan Talley of Talley Farms was elected chairman of the board for 2019-20 and longtime President Tom Nassif, will retire Feb. 1, 2020, was presented with the association’s prestigious WG Award of Honor.
2019 Chairman Ron Ratto of Ratto Bros. with WG President Tom Nassif.
Craig Reade of Bonipak Produce with his extended family.
Kevin Andrew of Vanguard International and Gary Pasquinelli of Pasquinelli Produce.
Sammy Duda of Duda Farm Fresh Foods, Robby Barkley of Barkley Ag Enterprises, David Gill of Rio Farms and Edwin Camp of D.M. Kamp & Sons.
AG Kawamura of Orange County Produce with Tina and Larry Cox of Coastline Family Farms.
WG President Tom Nassif and John D’Arrigo of D’Arrigo Bros. Co. of California.
Zinetta Nassif and WG Chairman Ron Ratto of Ratto Bros.
Klysta and John Powell Jr. of Peter Rabbit Farms flank Pat Gray, wife of former WGA Chairman Bob Gray.
Bruce and Linda Taylor of Taylor Farms flank industry veteran Bob Gray, who is now retired.
Stephen Patricio of Westside Produce, Will Rousseau of Rousseau Farming Co. and Sammy Duda of Duda Farm Fresh Foods.
John D’Arrigo of D’Arrigo Bros. Co. of California and Gary Pasquinelli of Pasquinelli Produce.
Ron Ratto of Ratto Bros. passing the chairman gavel to Ryan Talley of Talley Farms.
Economist Arthur Laffer.
Eric Trost of Western Growers Insurance Services with David Zanze of Pinnacle Claims Management.
The winners of the AgSharks competition flanked by the judges.
Jack, Jaime and Blaze Vessey of Vessey & Co.
Tom Nunes of The Nunes Co., who is chairman of the Western Growers Political Action Committee.