FFVA Adds 5 New Board Members from the Emerging Leader Development Program

May 21, 2020

By: Jim Frankowiak

The Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association (FFVA) has added five new members to its board of directors and all are alumni of the FFVA Emerging Leader Development Program. 

The five are Josh Griffin, Food Safety Manager with Grimes Produce Company in Plant City; Dustin Grooms, Farm Manager,  Fancy Farms, Inc., Plant City; Elizabeth Malek, Crop Protection Assistant Manager with Lipman Family Farm, Naples; Justin Pettit, Production Manager, Blue Hammock Farms LLC, Lake Placid, and Derek Orsenigo, Production Manager with Grower’s Management, Belle Glade.


The FFVA is the state’s leading, full-service specialty crop organization, serving Florida’s grower-shipper community since 1943.  FFVA represents a broad range of crops, including vegetables, citrus, tropical fruit, berries, sod, sugar cane, tree crops, and more.  The association’s mission “is to enhance the business and competitive environment for producing and marketing Florida fruits, vegetables, and other crops.”

The Emerging Leader program, launched in 2011, develops leaders who are prepared with a depth of knowledge of the many issues facing agriculture; provides young professionals with the education and tools to deal with those issues, and engages young leaders in FFVA and other industry organizations. The FFVA is based in Maitland.  More information is available at www.ffva.com

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