NOGALES, Ariz. — Jesse Driskill’s term as president of the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas was short but sweet.
The former general manager for Meyer LLC in Nogales accepted an offer to head up the FPAA a little over a year ago, but in October he announced his intention to return to Meyer in mid-November.
Driskill said he enjoyed his stint as association president, a position he took on after serving as a board member for 15 years and as chairman of the tomato committee.
“It was a great experience,” he said, adding that he has a better understanding now of the “the big picture,” which includes Phoenix; Washington, D.C.; and Mexico City as well as Nogales.
Leaving the association was a tough decision.
“I like everybody,” he said. “We had a good time, and it looked like it was going to be a happy home, but (the Meyer offer) was too good of an opportunity to pass up.”
“I miss making the deals,” he said, “and working with the growers in the field.”
Washington is good, he said, “But I’d rather be on an airplane going to Mexico than going to Washington, D.C.”
His responsibility at Meyer will be managing coordination between sales, growers, warehousing and financing.
“I’m really not a sales guy,” he said, adding that he’s more of a production or financing-type person.
“Six L’s (Packing Co. Inc., Immokalee, Fla.) is going to be directly handling the sales,” and Driskill will make sure all the pieces fit together.
His duties at Meyer will be similar to what he was doing there before.
“It’s a lot of work,” he said, “but I like it.”