(Aug. 8, 11:58 a.m.) Bruce Grim has joined the Washington State Horticulture Association, Wenatchee, Wash., as executive director. He is succeeding Jim Hazen, who left the organization in April to take a position as business manager for Broetje Orchards, Prescott, Wash.

Grim has been involved in the tree fruit industry for more than 25 years. He has managed his family’s orchards, served on the association’s board of directors from 1987-93 and was a commissioner for the Washington Apple Commission from 1992-2001. He has also served the U.S. Apple Association in various roles.

“Bruce has a way of coalescing the consensus and bringing people together. He’s very thorough, a smart man and he has garnered a lot of respect in our industry,” said Mark Holtzinger, horticulture association president.

Grim will continue to serve in his position as manager of the Washington Apple Growers Marketing Association, the Northwest Cherry Marketing Association, the Washington Pear Marketing Association and the Mid-Columbia Pear Marketing Association.

Grim will also assume the role of chairman of the board of trustees for the U.S. Apple Association in late August.

“We feel excited Bruce is going to help us manage changes coming down the pike. We want to continue to be relevant with our membership and Bruce is going to help us get there,” Holtzinger said.