Guided by the best and brightest of the produce and floral industries

2018-2019 PMA Board of Directors

David Marguleas

David Marguleas


Executive Vice President, Sun World International, LLC
Coachella, California, USA
Jin Ju Wilder

Jin Ju Wilder

Past Chair

Director of Marketing, LA & SF Specialty
Santa Fe Springs, California, USA
Joe Don Zetzsche

Joe Don Zetzsche


Director of Floral and Blooms Floral Shops, H-E-B
San Antonio, Texas, USA
Dan Sun

Dan Sun


President, HarvestMark
Sunnyvale, California, USA
Kurt Vetter

Kurt Vetter

Vice Chair

President, Wonderful Sales
Los Angeles, California, USA
Tommie van Zyl

Tommie van Zyl

Vice Chair

Limpopo, South Africa 
Marty Craner CEO B&C Fresh Sales

Marty Craner

CGTbyPMA Chair

CEO, B & C Fresh Sales
Orange, California, USA

Michael Franks CEO Seeka Limited

Michael Franks

PMA Australia-New Zealand Chair

CEO Seeka Limited
New Zealand

Bryant Ambelang President and CEO NatureSweet LTD

Bryant Ambelang

President and CEO, NatureSweet LTD
San Antonio, Texas, USA

Joe Ange Purchasing Director Markon Cooperative

Joe Ange

Purchasing Director, Markon Cooperative
Salinas, California, USA

Maggie Bezart-Hall Vice President, Trade & Promotion Avocados from Mexico

Maggie Bezart-Hall

Vice President, Trade & Promotion, Avocados from Mexico
Irving, Texas, USA

Jim Byron

Jim Byron

CEO, Xgenex LLC
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, USA
Lisa Cork

Lisa Cork

Owner/Director, Fresh Produce Marketing Ltd.
Auckland, New Zealand
Christian Corssen CEO Compania Frutera Santa Maria S.A.

Christian Corssen

CEO, Compania Frutera Santa Maria S.A.
Santiago, Chile

Dwight Ferguson

Dwight Ferguson

President/CEO, Naturipe Farms LLC
Salinas, CA, USA
Karen Fernald SVP Category, Merchandising and Pricing Food Lion

Karen Fernald

SVP Category, Merchandising and Pricing, Food Lion
Salisbury, North Carolina, USA

Doug Grant

Doug Grant

Executive VP & Chief Operations Officer, The Oppenheimer Group
British Columbia, Canada
Andrew Kennedy

Andrew Kennedy

Co-Founder, FoodLogiQ
Durham, North Carolina, USA
Jacob Krempel Director of Produce & Grocery Procurement Hello Fresh

Jacob Krempel

Director of Produce & Grocery Procurement, HelloFresh
New York, New York, USA

Eric Li Vice President Shanghai Yiguo E-Commerce Co., Ltd.

Eric Li

Vice President, Shanghai Yiguo E-Commerce Co., Ltd.
Shangai, China

Ruth McLennan

Ruth McLennan

Fresh Produce and Bakery Commercial Director, Dairy Farm

Elizabeth Nardi CEO Organically Grown Company

Elizabeth Nardi

CEO, Organically Grown Company
Portland, Oregon, USA


Scot Olson

Scot Olson

President North/Northwest Division, Fresh Source, LLC
Santa Ana, California, USA

Carlos Oramas CEO Gems Group, Inc.

Carlos Oramas

CEO, Gems Group, Inc.
Miami, Florida, USA


Roberto Salazar Perez Deputy Perishable Director Calimax

Roberto Salazar Perez

Deputy Perishable Director, Calimax
Tijuana, Mexico

Angela Santiago CEO The Little Potato Company

Angela Santiago

CEO, The Little Potato Company
Edmonton, Canada

Reade Sievert Vice President Corporate Produce Associated Wholesale Grocers

Reade Sievert

Vice President Corporate Produce, Associated Wholesale Grocers
Kansas City, Kansas, USA

Ted Taylor Head of New Ventures & Business Development Taylor Farms

Ted Taylor

Head of New Ventures & Business Development, Taylor Farms
Salinas, California, USA

Patrick Vizzone Head of Food, Beverage & Agribusiness ANZ Banking Group

Patrick Vizzone

Head of Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, ANZ Banking Group
Melbourne, Australia

Liu Mau Wah

Liu, Mau Wah

Chairman of the Group, Joy Wing Mau Group
Shenzhen, China
Gary Wishnatzki

Gary Wishnatzki

President/CEO, Wish Farms
Plant City, Florida, USA
Gary York

Gary York

Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Robinson Fresh
Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA

PMA Senior Staff

Cathy Burns

Cathy Burns


Cathy Burns joined PMA in December 2013 as President and assumed the CEO position in January 2017. Prior to joining PMA, she spent 30 years in the supermarket industry. Cathy’s retail industry experience spans a host of senior-level positions at Hannaford Brothers and Food Lion, including president of the Food Lion banner responsible for overall operations of its 1,200 retail stores.

Cathy holds a bachelor’s degree in management and marketing from the University of Maine and completed coursework in strategic retail management at the College of William and Mary. She served as chair of the Produce Traceability Initiative’s Leadership Council and the Coca-Cola Research Council. Cathy currently serves on the Board of Governors of Children's Miracle Hospital Network and is a past board member of the Network of Executive Women as well as a past board member of the Board of Duke Children’s Hospital.
Tony Parassio

Tony Parassio

Chief Operating Officer

Tony Parassio joined PMA in 2008 as Vice President of Business Development and in 2010 was appointed Senior Vice President, Member Value. In May 2013, Tony was appointed Chief Operating Officer and provides leadership to the creation of value for the association’s members around the world.

Prior to joining PMA, Tony held a variety of commercial leadership roles with Fortune 500 companies, including global business development and executive positions. He earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Bucknell University and has taken graduate studies in marketing and leading organizational change.
Yvonne Bull

Yvonne Bull, D.B.A.

Chief Financial Officer

Dr. Yvonne Bull joined PMA in 2002 as Director of Finance. She was promoted to CFO in 2009. Yvonne is responsible for the financial and fiscal management of the association, which includes the general accounting, budgeting, financial reporting, tax and auditing functions. In addition, she oversees PMA’s human resources, information technology and facilities. Yvonne brought to PMA 20 years of experience in financial management, having previously served as Finance Director for the Delaware Theatre Company and an Accounting Manager with Brandywine Financial, a real estate investment company.

Yvonne holds an associate degree in accounting from Delaware Technical Community College, a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Goldey-Beacom College, and a master’s and doctorate in business administration both from Wilmington University.
Dr. Bob Whitaker

Robert J. Whitaker, Ph.D.

Chief Science & Technology Officer

Dr. Bob Whitaker joined PMA in 2008 as Chief Science & Technology Officer, responsible for food safety, technology, supply chain management and sustainability. Bob has served on the Center for Produce Safety (CPS) Board of Directors and Executive Committee since its founding in 2007 and was the first chair of the CPS technical committee (2008-2013).

Prior to PMA, Bob spent 16 years in the biotechnology field with DNA Plant Technology Corporation (DNAP) as a researcher and finally as Vice President for Fruit and Vegetable Research and Development. After DNAP, Bob worked 10 years at NewStar Fresh Foods and its subsidiary, MissionStar Processing, in food safety, product development and as Vice President of Process Operations.

Actively involved in produce association activities, Bob has served as a volunteer leader for several national and regional industry trade groups including lending his expertise to the development of the leafy greens GAP (good agricultural practices) metrics and serving on the California Leafy Greens Technical Committee during its formative years. Bob has been honored by several groups for technical achievement and leadership including: International Fresh-cut Processors’ Association (IFPA) Technical Achievement Award (2006), U.S. Department of Agriculture National Advisory Committee on Microbial Criteria for Foods committee member (2013), NSF Food Safety Leadership (2015), CPS Leadership (2015) and National Academies of Science Genetically Engineered Crops Review panel (2016).

Bob holds a doctorate in biology from the State University of New York at Binghamton.
Lauren M Scott

Lauren M. Scott

Chief Marketing Officer

Lauren M. Scott joined PMA as CMO in October 2016. Lauren has more than 20 years of experience in the consumer products industry. Prior to PMA, Lauren worked at PepsiCo and Diageo in a variety of marketing roles with increasing responsibility including brand management, foodservice, activation, field marketing, national promotions, cultural branding, global innovation and strategy. She began her career as a four-year Inroads intern and full-time hire in sales at Colgate-Palmolive.

Lauren holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Rutgers University, a master of business administration from University of Maryland and a master’s in strategic communication from Columbia University, where she continues as a graduate project adviser. Lauren also actively coaches and mentors. A self-described foodie, Lauren's civic passions include combating food insecurities and perpetuating arts and culture.
Margi Prueitt

Margi Prueitt

Senior Vice President & Executive Director of Center for Growing Talent by PMA

Margi Prueitt joined the Center for Growing Talent (CGT) by PMA as Executive Director in 2010. Since then, Margi has clarified the charitable foundation’s brand and its mission to attract, develop and retain talent for the produce and floral industries. She works with her team to further develop programming, including exposing more students to career opportunities in produce and floral businesses through an increased number of Career Pathways programs and the addition of Immersion Academy. Margi also oversees the growth of leadership development programs for industry members at every stage of their career and is working on programs that will help the industry retain talent they need to thrive.

Previously, Margi spent 35 years with the American Red Cross, including serving as CEO of the American Red Cross of the Delmarva Peninsula. She also served as the Executive Director of an economic development organization.

She holds a bachelor’s in education from the University of Kentucky, a master’s in community development from University of Louisville and attended an Executive Leadership Program at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government.
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