“I think it’s critical to be a part of the industry,” Kneeland said. “You need to help others understand the business, learn more about it, and learn more about themselves. It’s something we all should do as leaders in the business.”
John McAleavey, executive director of the Short Hills, N.J.-based Eastern Produce Council, said Kneeland is creative and in some aspects is a pathfinder. McAleavey has worked with Kneeland closely over the past few years as the council developed its New York Produce Show.
“He’s a hard worker, a bright guy and is a very positive influence in whatever he gets involved with,” he said.