In late March, the National Association of Produce Market Managers recognized Harrell as “Market Manager of the Year.”
During the 68th convention in New York, the Columbia, S.C.-based group elected Harrell as first vice president.
She said she was surprised by the award.
“It was a big honor for me to receive that award,” Harrell said. “The people that have preceded me with that honor are tremendous and great market managers. To even be considered by my market manager peers is something I can’t explain.”
Harrell’s award shows how the market tries to remain up-to-date, said Tony Vitrano, president of the Jessup-based Tony Vitrano Co.
“They do a good job,” he said. “Not that they’re getting things done immediately but they work on one project at a time. The improvements they make, like with the canopy and upgrading pest control, those will be good for everyone.”
Harrell, who has worked for the Maryland Food Center Authority since 1993, was promoted to market manager in 2008 and in 2013 was named director of facilities.
Harrell began as an administrative assistant for the seafood market’s offices and became an assistant to the authority’s deputy director when market management was consolidated in 1995.
She later advanced to projects administrator.