Gladwin "Glady" Bellamy Jr.—a giant of a man, both literally and figuratively—was honored posthumously with the Apple Man for All Seasons award presented at the recent U.S. Apple Association marketing conference in Chicago.
The award is given annually by The Packer and its sister publication, The Grower magazine.
In making the award, Tom Karst of The Packer noted that Bellamy helped transform the industry from one relying on only a few apple varieties to one with a much larger assortment.
Bellamy also successfully married international marketing with domestic promotions.
One attribute that Karst says struck him about the award recipient was honesty.
“'Simply put, few men in our industry have had the ability to assess a crop and devise a market strategy to successfully market it as he did,'” Karst says, recounting what one nominator wrote.
The 6-foot, 7-inch Bellamy, who was known for a ready smile and encouraging words, died unexpectedly of a heart attack last October at the age of 58.
Bellamy grew up in Lodi, Calif., and was introduced to the produce industry when he took a job with R&J Packing.
He received a business degrees from California State University, Sacramento, and went on to work for several companies, including the California Fruit Exchange, Tennaco West Inc. and Beebe Orchards.
In 1989, he joined Nick Buak, McDougall & Sons Inc. and Columbia Fruit Packers Inc., to form Columbia Marketing International.
The Wenatchee, Wash.-based grower-packer-shipper of apples, pears, cherries and other fruits grew to become a major player in the apple industry, both domestically and internationally.
Bellamy was active in the Northwest tree fruit community for nearly four decades.
Accepting on Bellamy's behalf was Mike Wade of Columbia Fruit Packers.