On Monday, the Western Growers Board of Directors welcomed Vic Smith, President and CEO of JV Smith Companies, as the Chairman of Western Growers. He succeeds Bruce Taylor, Chairman and CEO of Taylor Farms California. Smith will take over his volunteer leadership responsibilities at the close of these week’s annual meeting. He was first elected to serve on the board in 2009.
Vic Smith co-founded JV Smith Farms in 1988 with his father, John B. Smith. The younger Smith is the second generation of his family in the fresh produce business. His father, John B. Smith, started Skyview Cooling in Yuma, Arizona in 1970, and passed away October 12, 2014.
Skyview Cooling was their first operation and began as a cooling company in Colorado and New Mexico. By 1977 it had expanded to Yuma and in 1982 it began operations in northern Mexico. Today, JV Smith Companies farm a number of commodities including romaine, iceberg lettuce, spinach, potatoes, mixed leaf and organic spring mix, carrots, celery, romaine, and green onions.
Vic studied economics and business law at the University of Colorado from 1970-1974. He went on to study finance at Arizona State University in 1975. Since 1991, Vic has overseen all the companies’ farming, packing and cooling operations, including 15,000 acres of vegetable production annually.
The Board also selected Larry Cox, Owner of Lawrence Cox Ranches, Brawley, California, as Senior Vice Chairman; Samuel Duda, Vice President of Duda Farm Fresh Foods, Inc., Salinas, California, as Vice Chairman; Garland Reiter, CEO of Reiter Affiliated Companies, Santa Barbara, California, as Secretary; and Carol Chandler, Partner at Chandler Farms, Selma, California, as Treasurer.
Western Growers would like to take this opportunity to welcome our newest board members:
Mike Antle, Tanimura and Antle, Salinas, California
Brian Bertelsen, Cove Ranch Management, Reedley, California
George Boskovich, III, Boskovich Farms, Oxnard, California
Howard Roeder, Dole Fresh Vegetables, Monterey, California
John McPike, Cal Giant, Santa Maria
Jack Vessey, Vessey and Company Inc., Holtville, California
Stuart Woolf, Woolf Enterprises, Fresno, California
Congratulations to everyone! We look forward to working with you.
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