California ag management firm president retires

01/19/2012 01:48:00 PM
Mike Hornick

Courtesy Monfort Management ServicesJerry Munson holds a proclamation from California Department of Food and Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross at a dinner honoring the retiring president of Dinuba, Calif.-based Monfort Management Services.Jerry Munson, president of Dinuba, Calif.-based Monfort Management Services since 1984, has retired from a 42-year career in agricultural marketing order management.

J.D. Allen, who was the firm’s vice president, has succeeded Munson as president. Nathan Sano is vice president.

Over time Monfort provided management services for commodity boards representing, among others, California carrots, celery, peppers, tomatoes, melons, citrus, cling peaches, potatoes and tree fruit.

At a Jan. 6 retirement dinner in Selma, Calif., California Pepper Commission chairman Glen Fischer presented a gold replica of a bell pepper to Munson for his efforts on behalf of that commodity. A proclamation from California Department of Food and Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross noted his service to the industry in the state.

“All our marketing order boards are overseen through CDFA, and Jerry’s worked closely with them on a number of items to improve the different orders out there,” Sano said. “He’s highly respected within the CDFA and several advisory boards that he not only helped to establish, but served on as manager or assistant manager.”

“Jerry and his group have been a tremendous asset to the melon industry in providing us with expert management and a staff we could not have afforded on our own,” California Cantaloupe Advisory Board chairman Steve Patricio said in a news release. “He will be missed.”

“Jerry has been very influential and important to the California pepper industry and he has been a great support to me as its chairman over the years,” Fischer said in the release.

Allen praised his predecessor.

“I now have spent the first 22 years of my career learning from someone who is not only great at what he does, but has shown all of his employees an incredible example of integrity in and out of the workplace,” Allen said in the release.

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