DANA POINT, CA — The Fresh Produce & Floral Council held its annual dinner dance Jan. 28 at the Monarch Beach Resort, here, to celebrate the installation of its 2017 slate of officers.
More than 500 people attended the gala at this Southern California destination. “Escape to Havana Nights” was the theme and a fair share of guests wore fedoras and/or white dinner jackets.
Connie Stukenberg of the California Avocado Commission is this year’s chairwoman of the board, replacing outgoing Chairman Marvin Quebec of Quebec Distributing.
Steven Muro of Fusion Marketing with his wife, Adelaide.
Roger Schroeder of Stater Bros. Markets with Marty Craner of B&C Fresh Sales.
Donald and Kim Souther and Nancy and Peter Betancourt of Vision Produce Co.
Clarissa and Robert Thompson of FreshSource.
Wali and Marvin Quebec of Quebec Distributing Co.
Gerson and Mayra De Paz of Vision Produce Co.
Lynette Berk and Therese Ferrara of Preferred Sales LLC flank Mike Casazza of FreshSource.
Connie Stukenberg of the California Avocado Commission and 2017 FPFC chairwoman of the board with Emily Fragoso of The MIXTECGroup, and Liane Mast of Stater Bros. Markets and her husband, Robbie.
Jill and Glen Tomkiewicz of The Giumarra Cos. with Rich and Susan Van Valkenburg of VVA.
Scott Meierhoff, Vanessa Meierhoff, Ricardo Luna, Jessica Luna and Johan Soltero of Pablo’s Produce.
Vicki and Kent Kuwarta of Smart & Final.
Dave Howald of the Pear Bureau Northwest and Leo Overgaag of North Shore Living Herbs.
Andy Webb, Denise Loomis and Kraig Loomis of Progressive Produce LLC.
Kevin and Carol Leap of Frieda’s, Dan and Maria Acevedo of GreenFruit Avocados, and Debi Orrin and Doug Imler of Evolution Fresh.
Bob Stukenberg, and Jan and Duane DeLyser of the California Avocado Commission.
Raul Gallegos of Melissa’s/World Variety Produce with Greg Corrigan of Raley’s Supermarkets.
Kristen Reid of the MIXTEC Group and her husband, Shawn Clark.
Mike Reed and Kevin Doran of Houweling’s Tomatoes.
Kyla Oberman of Natureripe Growers, Jeff Oberman of the United Fresh Produce Association, and Allen and Tina DeMo of Frieda’s Inc.
Kellee Harris of The Giumarra Cos. with FPFC President Carissa Mace.