Texas Produce Association hires senior vice presidentThe Mission-based Texas Produce Association didn’t have to look far for a senior vice president.

It hired Bret Erickson, who previously worked with the Texas Citrus Mutual and Texas Vegetable Association, which is located in the same building with TPA.

The TPA started the search for a new senior vice president to take over for president John McClung in late May. McClung scaled back duties last summer, but said he plans to stay with the association for the immediate future.  

“Bret’s a great addition and I’m pleased that he’s on board,” McClung said, in a news release. “I’m certain he’ll do a great job and I look forward to working with him.”

Erickson was raised in the Rio Grande Valley and worked in seed corn production for 12 years, nine of which were in Weslaco with the final three in Hawaii. He returned to the Valley and began working with Texas Citrus Mutual and the Texas Vegetable Association in 2010.

“Going to work for the Texas Produce Association is an incredible opportunity,” he said, in a news release. “It’s an exciting time for our industry and we have such a dynamic business environment. Every day presents new challenges and opportunities to grow and be successful.”

Erickson started Aug. 6 and will have his first official function with TPA at the Texas Produce Convention, Aug. 15-17 in San Antonio.