Al Vangelos, chief executive officer for Sun World International, received The Packer’s 2009 Produce Man for All Seasons Award.
John Tanimura, founding member of the Salinas, Calif.-based Tanimura & Antle farming partnership, died April 27 at age 88.
Ray Gilmer, former director of communications and public affairs for the Maitland-based Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association, succeeded Amy Philpott as vice president of communications for the Washington, D.C.-based United Fresh Produce Association.
Steve Franson, professional receiver from Fresno, Calif., assumed court-appointed control of Monterey, Calif.-based Salyer American Fresh Foods.
Beth Patillo, outgoing chairwoman of the Canadian Produce Marketing Association, accepted The Packer’s Canadian Produce Woman of the Year Award.
Bruce Peterson joined the advisory board at YottaMark Inc., Redwood City, Calif.
Longtime produce industry safety expert Jim Gorny, along with Kathy Gombas, joined the Food and Drug Administration as senior advisers in the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition’s Office of Food Safety.
Bruce Grim, executive director of the Washington State Horticulture Association, Wenatchee, was named Apple Man of the Year.
David Gill, partner in Gills Onions, received The Packer’s Foodservice Achievement Award.
Daughter Margret DeBruyn took over the helm of Zeeland, Mich.-based DeBruyn Produce Co. after the death of her father, Bob DeBruyn.
Blair Richardson, former president of the California Tree Fruit Agreement, was named chief executive officer of Dinuba, Calif.-based Enns Packing Co. Inc., and its marketing arm, WesPak Sales Inc.
Mike O’Brien, vice president of produce for Schnuck Markets, St. Louis, accepted The Packer’s Marketer of the Year Award.
Peter Leifermann, former president of Fresh King Inc., jumped to J&C Tropicals Inc.
Andrew McGregor, director of produce and floral for Henry’s Farmers Market, earned Produce Merchandising magazine’s Retailer of the Year Award.