(July 18) The La Mirada, Calif.-based Fresh Produce & Floral Council is searching for a new president, as Linda Stine plans to retire at the end of the year.

A committee to find a successor is reviewing applications with a goal of naming a new president by early September, said Pam Hemann, president of Association Management Services, Pasadena, Calif., a search firm hired by the council.

Stine has been president since 1995.

Her responsibilities include implementing an operational plan, working with the board on developing goals and building relationships with members and external constituents, Hemann said.

The president is responsible for budgeting and financial management, supervising the three-person office staff and overseeing communications, including the council’s Web site and magazine.

The committee is not requiring produce experience but does want a candidate with association or business management experience and effective communication and negotiation skills, Hemann said.

Response to announcements on association-management Web sites and produce industry sites has been good, with candidates from each of those fields showing interest, she said.

OVERSAW CHANGE

Stine, whose career spans 40 years, has an extensive background in association management, and she worked with a number of trade associations before joining the Fresh Produce & Floral Council.

During her tenure, the 400-member council evolved as it dealt with major changes in the retail supermarket industry resulting from widespread consolidation.

“Council leadership was forward-looking and realized the need to reach out to other markets, like small retailers, foodservice and other areas to maintain the growth and viability of the organization,” Stine said.

She praised the dedication of members and the volunteer efforts they have put forth on various projects and committees, including expanding several of the council’s events from Southern California to Northern California and Arizona. The council’s first Northern California expo was in March in Pleasanton.

“We took the show on the road, and it has been extremely successful,” she said.

FPFC seeks successor for its president
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