Lisa McNeece, vice president of foodservice and industrial sales for Grimmway Farms, Bakersfield, Calif., agreed with Watson.
However, when Strube suggested McNeece join a U.S. Department of Agriculture advisory board, McNeece wasn’t sure it was such a good idea.
“It was an incredibly valuable experience, though,” McNeece said. “We both learned a lot about the industry and government and I learned a lot about Lisa.
“She is very knowledgeable and she is highly respected for that. Knowledge is power and she has it. But she is also fair and always has a smile on her face. People listen to her.”
Strube said this year her focus is on children’s nutrition and how the industry can advance that cause. She said she was particularly inspired during a salad bar dedication at a Chicago public school earlier this year.
She also helps carry on the charitable work started by Robert Strube Sr., who decades ago established programs to feed needy people in Chicago.
When she isn’t wearing her produce hat you will find her in a Chicago Cubs cap.
“This is the year,” she said with conviction. “The Cubs are gonna make it (to the World Series).”