ORLANDO, FL – The National Watermelon Association kicked off its 106th annual convention Feb. 20, here, with an opening reception and dinner at the Disney Yacht Club Resort. Industry members had an opportunity to connect in a festive setting while meeting the state watermelon queens who are vying for the privilege of representing the NWA in 2020 as the National Watermelon Queen.
NWA Executive Director Bob Morrissey with Kenny Lund of the Allen Lund Co.
Stephen Hofmann of Ecopoly and Benjamin Hinson of Tri Hishtil.
National Watermelon Promotion Board President Jesse Wiggins of Wiggins Farms, Katy Mae Harrison of Gibson Produce and Marshal Sewell of Seminis.
Michelle Snyder and Hillary Dubé of Alliantgroup.
Esteban Temporini, Barry Youkin and Yair Askira of Hazera Seeds.
Steve Wasko of MaxPak and Jay Hibish of Packaging South.
Amber Argenziano and Rick Overholt of Chep.
Brian French, Chris Zimmerman and Josh Rowe of Corr Choice.
Glenn and Rachel Syngo of Melon 1.
Joe Stockenberg of Tri Hishtil with Glenn Howe and Ryan Howe of Howe Family Farms.
Sid Jha of Arbol Inc. and Steve Kendall of Allen Lund Co.
Joshua Williams and Michael Lemieux of Fresh Pro.
Brad and Colleen Karst of Organix Solutions.
Greg Leger of Leger & Son with Katie Manetti, Cece Krumrine and Sheila Carden of the National Watermelon Promotion Board.
Renee and Jamie Minich of Sinclair Systems.
Dean Liere, Ivy Perez and Marisa Benzle of Syngenta.
A.G. and Stephanie Barlow of the National Watermelon Promotion Board.
Jon Mayhue of Schmieding Produce, Art Perry of George Perry & Son, David Mayhue of Schmieding Produce and Cesar Pacheco of Giumarra.
From the National Watermelon Promotion Board were Sheila Carden, Juliemar Rosado, Brad Brownsey, Rebekah Dossett, Cece Krumrine and Katie Manetti.
Tom Glenos of Kids Choice and Nate Stone of Ben B. Schwartz.