SAVANNAH, Ga. — The Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association Jan. 10 elected and re-elected officers at the group’s 2013 Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference.

These grower-shippers were elected to two-year terms as group officers:

  • Jamie Brannen, Statesboro-based salesman with Curry & Co., Brooks, Ore., president;
  • Charles Hart, manager of Fresh Plants Inc.-Green Bean Division, Americus, first vice president;
  • Duke Lane III, vice president of sales with Lane Packing LLC, Fort Valley, second vice president;
  • Kevin Coggins, vegetable production manager for Coggins Farms/Blackwater Produce LLC, Lake Park, secretary-treasurer; and
  • Dick Minor, partner with Minor Produce Inc. and Minor Bros. Farm, Leslie, immediate past president.

The group also elected new members:

  • Drew Echols, owner of Jaemar Farms, Alto;
  • Steve Sumner, owner of Sumner Farms, Omega; and
  • Darren Wheeler, regional farm manager for Grand Junction, Mich.-based MBG Marketing’s Alma operation.

Other officers and board members are:

  • Bill Brim, owner of Lewis Taylor Farms Inc., Tifton, immediate past president;
  • Kevin Hendrix, vice president of Hendrix Produce Inc., Metter;
  • Adam Lytch, operations manager for Raleigh, N.C.-based L&M Cos. Inc.;
  • Jerry Mixon, Winter Haven, Fla.-based director of domestic production for Dole Berry Co. LLC, Watsonville, Calif.;
  • Gibbs “Jaime” Patrick III, owner of Gibbs Patrick Farms Inc., Omega; and
  • Chris Paulk, co-owner of Paulk Vineyards Inc., Wray.