(May 22, 3:32 p.m.) Autumn Veazey left the United Fresh Produce Association May 9 to join the lobbying arm of a Georgia-based law firm, said Robert Guenther, senior vice president of public policy for the Washington, D.C.-based United Fresh Produce Association.

She had been with the association since mid-2006, serving as director of federal legislative affairs and associate counsel.

Veazey, who is from Georgia, accepted a Washington, D.C.–based position in the federal affairs department with Atlanta, Ga.-based Troutman Sanders LLP, he said.

Veazey praised the passion for the produce industry, and the leadership of Guenther and of United Fresh president Tom Stenzel.

“United is not just an association for me — it is family. I’m confident I'll always be a part of that,” she said.

“We are sad to see her leave, but happy that she got this opportunity,” Guenther said.

United Fresh will take its time in filling the position, Guenther said.

“This is a very important position for the produce industry and obviously a very important position here at United,” he said. “We are looking for strong candidates to fill that position, and we already have a few that have expressed some interest.”

Veazey leaves United Fresh for new position
Autumn Veazey