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If you didn’t attend Western Growers 89th Annual Meeting in Las Vegas this past week, it’s safe to say you missed a lot.  Festivities culminated yesterday with the Rabobank-sponsored golf tournament held at the TPC Las Vegas Golf Course.  The tournament featured a Million Dollar Hole-in-One Opportunity sponsored by Taylor Farms of California.  While numerous prizes were awarded to successful teams in the scramble-format tournament, the Hole-in-One proved elusive.   The rest of the week, however, was filled with enough fun, entertainment and learning opportunities.

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.

Western Growers’ 89th Annual Meeting being held November 2-5 in Las Vegas has its share of stars and great food.  What else would you expect in Vegas?

Attendees will get their chance to experience both during one event on Monday, November 3, when they see the Bravo Network’s Top Chef finalist Louis Maldonado in action in the Bellagio’s Tuscany Demonstration Kitchen. Chef Louis plans to dazzle the crowd by preparing a variety of fresh fruit and vegetables in unique and interesting ways.


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