Director of Produce & Grocery Procurement, HelloFresh
New York, New York, USA
Advisor to the Executive Committee
PMA Australia-New Zealand Chair
Head of Sales, OneHarvest
Director of Business Development, Eagle Eye Produce
Iona, ID, USA
Sales & Marketing, LaBonanza Avocados
Bath, MI, USA
Chief Executive Officer, Compania Frutera Santa Maria S.A.
Santiago Province, Chile
Chief Executive Officer, B & C Fresh Sales
Orange, California, USA
Senior Vice President Category, Merchandising and Pricing, Food Lion
Salisbury, North Carolina, USA
Vice President, Shanghai Yiguo E-Commerce Co., Ltd.
Shanghai City, China
Chief Executive Officer, Organically Grown Company
Portland, Oregon, USA
President North/Northwest Division, Fresh Source, LLC
Santa Ana, California, USA
CEO, Gems Group, Inc.
Miami, Florida, USA
Chief Executive Officer, The Little Potato Company
Vice President Corporate Produce, Associated Wholesale Grocers
Kansas City, Kansas, USA
Chief Executive Officer, Perfection Fresh
Head of New Ventures & Business Development, Taylor Farms
Salinas, California, USA
International Head of Food, Beverage & Agribusiness and
Head of Hong Kong Coverage, ANZ Banking Group
Executive Director, CGT and SVP, PMA
Chief Financial Officer
Chief Strategy & Membership 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, a master’s in strategic communication from Columbia University and is a Certified Association Executive (CAE). A self-described foodie, Lauren's civic passions include combating food insecurities and perpetuating arts and culture.
Chief Content Officer
Dan Stark joined PMA as the Chief Content Officer in January 2019. He has 25 years of association management experience, including more than a decade as the executive director of two associations. Dan also spent three years as the director of product strategy for a technology company building an association management solution on the Salesforce platform. He brings extensive experience in all aspects of association management to his role in transforming content creation and dissemination at PMA.
Chief Science Officer
Dr. Max Teplitski joined PMA in 2020 as Chief Science Officer, responsible for produce safety, technology, supply chain management and sustainability, and leading a growing team of experts in these areas. He brings a wealth of experience in leading national food safety and nutrition programs, building and sustaining private-public partnerships, and globally recognized accomplishments in science and scientific policy bolstered by a rich research background in microbiology, biotechnology and sustainability of agricultural production.
Prior to PMA, Dr. Teplitski served as the Acting Director for the divisions of food safety and nutrition at the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). In this role, he oversaw NIFA's investment into research programs in food safety, human nutrition and health, novel foods and manufacturing technologies, as well as programs that deliver customized FSMA training, incentivize purchase of fruits and vegetables among low-income consumers, increase self-reliance of communities in providing for their food needs, and promote access to local food. For over a decade as a faculty member at the University of Florida, he led a research program focused on food safety, public and environmental health, and agricultural crop production, and has contributed to industry research through the Center for Produce Safety (CPS).