Future co-CEOs Cathy Burns of PMA and Tom Stenzel of United Fresh have named the executive committee that will serve as officers for the new association. Bruce Taylor, CEO of Taylor Farms, will serve as the first chair of the new association. Taylor is also a past chair of the Produce Marketing Association and has served in several leadership roles across the industry associations and organizations.
The Executive Committee will also include current PMA chair, Dwight Ferguson and current chairman of the board at United Fresh, Danny Dumas. Ferguson is the president and CEO of the California Agricultural Leadership Foundation. He joined the organization in October 2020 following more than 30 years in senior leadership positions in both produce and floral companies. Dumas is president of Courchesne Larose USA, was sworn in as United Fresh chair on June 1st of 2021. Dumas is a native of Montreal, Canada, and joined the Canadian-based wholesaler, Courchesne Larose Ltd., in 2021 to oversee the company’s interests in the U.S. and abroad.