Florida Citrus Mutual elects next group of leaders

06/17/2008 02:00:00 AM

By Doug Ohlemeier, The Packer

Grower members of Florida Citrus Mutual, Lakeland, June 11 elected one new officer, a president, two vice presidents and re-elected 17 others to govern the association for the 2008-09 season during the organization's yearly conference in Bonita Springs.

The new member elected to the board of directors is:
Larry Black, production manager of Peace River Packing Co., Fort Meade.

New president:
Fran Becker, vice president of fruit procurement for Peace River Citrus Products Inc., Bradenton.

New vice presidents, who were board members who won re-election, are:
Victor Story Jr., president of Story Grove Service, Inc., Babson Park.

Mark Wheeler, president of Wheeler Farms, Lake Placid.

Re-elected were:
Robert Battaglia, vice president of Battaglia Fruit Co., Winter Park.

Raymond "Bo" Bentley Jr., fruit buyer/harvesting supervisor of Bentley Bros. Inc., Winter Haven.

Dennis Broadaway, general manager of Haines City Citrus Growers Association, Haines City.

J. Kevin Bynum, co-owner of Premier Citrus Packers LLC, Vero Beach.

J.A. "Jay" Clark III, Florida Citrus Mutual interim chief executive officer and owner of Clark Farms Inc., Wauchula.

Rex Clonts, owner of Clonts Farms Inc., Apopka.

David Evans, vice president of Nelson & Co., Oviedo.

Richard Freeman, president of P.H. Freeman & Sons, Winter Garden.

P. Louis Haverlock, president of Lou Ross Citrus Inc., Balm.

Tom Jerkins, vice president and general manager of Blue Goose Growers LLC, Fort Pierce.

Marty McKenna, president of McKenna & Associates Citrus Inc., Sebring.

George Neukom III, vice president of Neukom Properties Inc., Zephyrhills.

Steve Ryan, of Orange-Co, Arcadia.

Trey Smith, vice president of marketing for Leroy Smith Inc., Vero Beach.

John Smoak III, general manager of Smoak Groves, Inc., Lake Placid.

Steve Sorrells, owner and chief executive officer of Sorrells Groves Inc., Arcadia.

Wade Timpner, vice president of Jackson Citrus, LaBelle.

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