Nominations Now Accepted for the 2017 Women In Produce Honor

The honoree is selected from nominations submitted by United Fresh members across the industry.

April 18, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Held each year in conjunction with the United Fresh convention, the Reception Honoring Women in Produce recognizes the contributions of all women working in the produce industry, and selects one individual to share their personal experience of service. This year marks the 20th anniversary of this special event.

The honoree is selected from nominations submitted by United Fresh members across the industry. Nominations are evaluated based on the candidate’s involvement in the industry, contributions to the industry, and inspiration for others working in the industry. 

“This reception is one of the most inspirational events at our convention and I’m honored to have been present for each ceremony over the past 20 years,” said United Fresh President & CEO Tom Stenzel. “Celebrating the contributions from all women in our industry is the focus of this gathering and I invite everyone to join me at the 20th annual Reception Honoring Women in Produce in Chicago.”

The 2017 honoree will join a distinguished group of women including:
Dan’l Mackey Almy, DMA Solutions, Inc.
Tonya Antle, Tanimura & Antle
Frieda Caplan, Frieda’s, Inc.
Karen Caplan, Frieda’s, Inc.
Margaret D’Arrigo, Taylor Farms, Inc.
Jan DeLyser, California Avocado Commission
Jan Fleming, Strube Celery & Vegetable Company
Janice Honigberg, Sun Belle, Inc.
Lorri Koster, Mann Packing Company
Julie Krivanek, Krivanek Consulting Inc.
Kathleen Nave, California Table Grape Commission
Lisa McNeece Miceli, Grimmway Enterprises Inc.
Teri Miller, The Fresh Market
Dr. Martha Rhodes-Roberts, Roberts Associates
Steffanie Smith, Andrew Smith Company
Heather Shavey, Costco Wholesale
Mayda Sotomayor-Kirk, Seald Sweet/Greenyard USA
Rosemary Talley, Talley Farms
Jenney Tenney, The Kroger Company
Nominations for the 2017 honoree are now being accepted until April 28, 2017. Tickets for the Reception Honoring Women in Produce are required, and are included in the United Fresh 2017 All Access Package. To register for the event, visit 
To nominate, visit
For more information about the nomination process or the reception, contact United Fresh Senior Director of Member Programs & Education, Amanda Griffin at or 202-303-3412.
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