( Photo and logo courtesy Fresh Produce Association of the Americas; graphic by Amelia Freidline )

Jose Antonio Martinez, chief operating officer and general manager of Divine Flavor, Nogales, Ariz., is the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas’ 2020 Member of the Year.

Martinez will be honored at the association’s annual meeting Sept. 29, which is virtual and will be attended by board members only.

He is known for working tirelessly to implement innovations in inspections and warehouse management, according to a news release.

“He has been a great example of a member of the industry interacting with state government,” Scott Vandervoet, FPAA chairman and president of Vandervoet & Associates, said in the release.

Martinez, who has been with Divine Flavor since 2014, joined the FPAA’s board in 2018. Earlier in his career, he was assistant chief of staff to Sonora Gov. Eduardo Bours.

“The mixture of his experience and his passion is palpable,” FPAA President Lance Jungmeyer said in the release. “He brings great energy to solving problems that impact all fresh produce distributors.”

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