June 27, 2017

WG to Award David Gill with 2017 Award of Honor during Annual Meeting

Western Growers will honor David Gill, who has become one of the agricultural industry’s most distinguished pioneers, with the 2017 Award of Honor. The Award of Honor is Western Growers’ highest recognition of industry achievement and is given to individuals who have contributed extensively to the agricultural community.

“I’ve seen the caliber of individuals who have received this award in the past, and I’m truly honored to be this year’s recipient,” said Gill. “I’m the kind of person who keeps his head down and does what I feel is right – working hard, doing a good job and treating people with fairness and respect. I’m humbled by this honor, and it’s an incredible privilege.”

Gill’s visionary leadership has played an integral role in the success of Rio Farms, Gills Onions, Growers Express, True Leaf Farms – Church Brothers Farms, American Farms, G&H Farms and Mission Ranches, growing the capacity of each company to bring fresh produce to the state, nation and world. After suffering a horrific helicopter accident in 1998 that left him with a broken neck and back, Gill fought against the odds and went on to win the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am 14 months later, demonstrating to millions the resiliency and determination that friends and colleagues in agriculture have long admired.

“David’s compelling life story and incredible achievements are a testament to his commitment to agriculture,” said Tom Nassif, President and CEO of Western Growers. “His drive and perseverance are inspiring, and his impact will echo throughout the industry for years to come.”

For more information about Gill’s impact, click here to read the full press release.

Gill’s achievements and service to the industry will be recognized at the Chairman’s Reception and Award Dinner at the Western Growers 92nd Annual Meeting on Monday, October 30, 2017, in Las Vegas, Nevada. There, Gill will be honored by his peers, friends and family. To attend the ceremony, visit http://www.wgannualmeeting.com/.

Congratulatory Ads, Tables

To reserve a custom congratulatory ad honoring Gill, visit http://www.wgannualmeeting.com/register/ and select “Congratulatory Ad” from the list of options. Those purchasing ads can create their own congratulatory ad or work with Western Growers’ Marketing team to design a one-of-a-kind message. Ads will be displayed in the 2017 Award Dinner Program and all proceeds benefit the Western Growers Foundation.

Reserve a table of 10 at the Chairman’s Reception and Award Dinner. Reservations include preferred seating at the front of the room for the best view of the stage, entertainment and the Award of Honor recipients. Each table reservation includes 10 tickets for the dinner, two complimentary bottles of wine and a congratulatory ad in the 2017 Award Dinner Program. To purchase a table, visit http://www.wgannualmeeting.com/register/ and select “Golden Circle Table” from the list of options.  Proceeds of table purchases will also go towards the Western Growers Foundation.

For questions about the table or ad reservations, please contact Ryan Zilker at (949) 885-2249.