The Board of Directors of the Imperial Valley Vegetable Growers Association recently elected the 2015-2017 slate of officers. Brian Strahm of Artesia Farms was named President of the association. Other officers named are First Vice President Jack Vessey, Vessey & Company; Second Vice President Thomas Cox, Lawrence Cox Ranches; and d Secretary/Treasurer Bruce Sanbonmatsu of Sanbon, Inc.
In addition to the new officers, board members reelected to serve the two-year years are Andrew Colace, AMC Farms; Danny Colace, Five Crowns Marketing; Craig Elmore, Desert Sky Farms; Richard Elmore, Sahara Packing Company, John Hawk, Horizon Farms LLC, Mike Iten, Grimmway Farms; Alex Jack, Jack Bros; J.P. LaBrucherie, LaBrucherie Produces; Alan Luke, D’Arrigo Brothers; Jimmy Mainas, Mainas Farms; Wheeler Morgan, Far West Ranches; Jeff Percy, Desert Mist Farms; and George Stergios, South Valley Inc.
New members to the board are Thomas Cox, Lawrence Cox Ranches, Scott Howington, Oasis Farms, and Steve Taylor, Oceano Packing.
The Advisory Board consists of Joe Colace Jr., Five Crowns Marketing; Larry Cox, Lawrence Cox Ranches, Steve Emanuelli, Emanuelli & Sons; Robert Fleming, Spruce Farms, Ed McGrew, Magco; Frank Riddle, formerly of Grimmway, and Mike Sudduth, Mike Sudduth Farms
“IVVGA has been an important part of the produce industry in Imperial Valley since 1968 and with the leadership of this incoming board, will continue to be. I am pleased and honored to have the opportunity to serve as president, state, President-Elect Brian Strahm.
“The last two years have been rewarding. IVVGA has stepped up to each of the issues and provided the requisite leadership” stated Wheeler Morgan.
IVVGA represents almost a hundred members throughout the produce industry and affiliated business California that operate in the Imperial Valley.