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Fisher, Koppers, Totty and Wedge
Join Industry Leaders At Symposium

Last year, we unveiled a scholarship program to bring retailers and foodservice executives to the PMA/PRODUCE BUSINESS/Cornell University Leadership Symposium. Here is how we described the enterprise:

This year, in order to encourage the participation of a diverse assortment of industry leadership in the program, PRODUCE BUSINESS magazine has partnered with Grimmway Farms and Mann Packing to make a special scholarship opportunity available for four fortunate industry executives, two each from the retail operator and the foodservice operator end of the industry.

The scholarship is all-expenses-paid, and this program will ensure that the PMA Leadership Symposium will draw on the intellectual capital of all segments of the trade.

If you work for a retail or foodservice operator, or know someone who does, this is an opportunity to attend a program that will take attendees out of the box of “industry thinking” that we often find ourselves trapped in.

And for two lucky retail operators and two lucky foodservice operators, it will only cost the intellectual commitment to make oneself a leader.

In the end, we were proud to announce that four industry leaders had won:


Gene Harris
Senior Purchasing Manager

Lynn Moorman
Commodity Manager
El Pollo Loco


Heather Burley
Produce Category Manager
Kroger Company

Greg Corrigan
Vice President Produce & Floral
Raley’s Family of Fine Stores

Well, as we prepare to attend the 2009 Leadership Symposium to be held January, 14 — 16, 2009 in Dallas, Texas, we are pleased to report that Grimmway Farms and Mann Packing have once again joined with PRODUCE BUSINESS to make this scholarship possible. After careful deliberation, we are pleased to announce the four winners of the all-expense-paid scholarships to the PMA/PRODUCE BUSINESS/Cornell University Leadership Symposium:

Robin Fisher
Boston Market Corporation
Golden, Colorado

Maurice Totty
Category Manager
Foodbuy LLC
Charlotte, North Carolina

Garry Koppers
Category Merchant
Wegman’s Food Markets
Rochester, New York

Will Wedge
Director of Produce/Floral
Hannaford Bros.
Scarborough, Maine

We extend sincere congratulations to the winners. That they will gain much from the program and the networking is without doubt, but they will also contribute unique perspectives and insights to the program as well.

To give you a hint as to the kinds of insights these folks can contribute, read the Pundit interview with Maurice Totty here, and look at the profile Pundit sister publication PRODUCE BUSINESS did of Will Wedge’s organic program at Hannaford as well as the tribute to him when he won this past year’s New England Retailer of the Year Award, given out by the New England Produce Council and PRODUCE BUSINESS.

We also look forward to spending time with both Garry and Robin when we get to Dallas.

And it is not too late to join Maurice, Robin, Will and Garry and be part of the cross section of industry leadership that is part of the PMA Leadership Symposium Class of 2009. The event is coming up fast so register today.

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