According to The Packer, the National Steinbeck Center named Lorri Koster, of Mann Packing, Ag Leader of the Year at the 10th annual Valley of the World awards in Salinas on May 8. Koster is the chairwoman and CEO of Mann Packing, a Western Growers’ member company. Susan Gill of Rio Farms, another WG member company, served as the Steinbeck’s Center event chairperson.
Koster has received numerous recognitions since she began her career with Mann in 1990. As recently as 2013, she was awarded Marketer of the Year by the Packer. She also serves on multiple committees for Western Growers and several other ag associations.
In other member news, the Association of California Water Agency’s (ACWA) reported that, Randy Record was elected unanimously yesterday to serve as board chair of the Metropolitan Water District (MWD) of Southern California. Randy is an associate member of Western Growers via De Anza Ranch L.P.
Randy most recently served on the Board of Riverside County’s Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) and also was president at ACWA from 2012-2013 and was its vice president from 2011-2012.
For the remainder of 2014, Randy will be serving out the unfinished term of John V. Foley, who passed away earlier this year. In January of 2015, Randy will begin his own two-year term as chair.
Western Growers congratulates both Lorri and Randy on their achievements and wish them continued success!
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