TUCSON, AZ — The United Fresh Produce Association held its annual FreshStart Foundation conference, Jan. 14-16, here, and honored a true leader with its Lifetime Achievement Award.
Emanuel Lazopoulos, who recently retired from Del Monte Fresh, was lauded by friends, family and former co-workers for his tireless and selfless effort to promote the produce industry, with many referring to his steadfast leadership that helped them overcome challenges and achieve goals.
Doug Sokol and Jennifer McEntire of the United Fresh Produce Association with Mayda Sotomayor-Kirk of Seald Sweet International/Greenyard USA.
Emily Fragoso of Mixtec Group, Jan DeLyser of the California Avocado Commission and Connie Stukenberg of CS Sales & Marketing.
Amber Presler with Tony Freytag of Crunch Pak.
Dante Galeazzi of the Texas International Produce Association, Scott Vandervoet of Vandervoet & Associates and Lance Jungmeyer of the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas.
Mike McGee of L&M Cos., Amy Philpott of Watson Green and Alan Parry of Dapicon.
Linda York of StickyLickits, Diana McClean of Ocean Mist Farms and Jill Overdorf of Naturipe Farms.
David Durkin of OFW Law, Stephanie Hilton of Tom Lange Co. and Mark Hilton of Harris Teeter Supermarkets.
Jon Brooks and Craig Kelly of IFCO Systems.
United Fresh Chairman Greg Corrigan of the United Vegetable Growers Cooperative gives opening remarks at the gala dinner.
United Fresh President and CEO Tom Stenzel addresses attendees of the gala dinner.
Don Barnett, president and COO of Sun Basket, speaks about his longtime business and personal relationship with United Fresh’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Emanuel Lazopoulos, who recently retired from Del Monte Fresh.
Danny Dumas, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Del Monte Fresh, speaks about his former boss and mentor, Emanuel Lazopoulos, who recently retired from Del Monte Fresh.
Laura Lazopoulos recounted the career of her husband, Emanuel, and the impact the fresh produce industry had on the lives.
United Fresh President and CEO Tom Stenzel presented the United Fresh Lifetime Achievement Award to Emanuel Lazopoulos.
Emanuel Lazopoulos addresses attendees of the gala dinner in his honor as he received the United Fresh Lifetime Achievement Award.
Emanuel Lazopoulos (second from left), formerly of Del Monte Fresh, with Mark Gagnon, Dave Russell and John McCann of Del Monte Fresh.
Michael Moyski (center) of CH Robinson Worldwide with Judy Amaya and Megan Arnold of Robinson Fresh.
Jillian Griffith and Samir Balile of Giant Food Inc. with Paul Lightfoot of BrightFarms.
Jacquie Ediger of Pro Citrus Network Inc., Steve Grinstead of FreshEdge, Hilary Long of Frey Farms LLC, Kimberly Flores of Pro Citrus Network Inc., and Alex Berkley and Jackie Caplan Wiggins of Frieda's Inc.
Connie Stuckenberg of CS Sales & Marketing, Walter Ram of The Giumarra Cos. and Emily Fragoso of MIXTEC Group.
Mac Riggan of Chelan Fresh and Jeff Hawkins of Union Pacific Railroad.
Cheryl Enlow, Raina Nelson and Kim St George of Renaissance Food Group.
Julie DeWolf of Sunkist Growers Inc. and Amy McClellan of Martin’s Super Markets.
Janis Santore, Robert Strube and Sue Hunter of Strube Celery & Vegetable Co.
Michael Muzyk of Baldor Specialty Foods and Sparky Locke of Apio Inc.
Micah Brown of East Coast Fresh, Aaron Cahoon of USI Insurance Services, Lee Woodham of FreshPoint Atlanta Inc. and Chris J. Keany of Keany Produce Co.
Aaron Schneider of IDS Decision Sciences, Donna Lynn Browne of Naturipe Farms LLC, Megan Arnold of Robinson Fresh and Jim Ancel of iFoodDecisionSciences.
Jeff Fulton of Fresh Vegetables Inc. with Michael Fernandes and Ethan Fulton of John Green Logistics Co.