( Courtesy New England Produce Council )

The New England Produce Council has welcomed new leadership as the two-year terms of executive board members expired.

President Anthony Sattler of C&S Wholesale Grocers, Keene, N.H., welcomed his successor, Tom Murray, vice president of produce and floral at Roche Bros., Wellesley, Mass. He formally begins in that role on Aug. 26, according to a news release. The 21st NEPC Produce, Floral & Food Service Expo was originally scheduled for Aug. 24-26, but it was cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Over the years, I believe we have done so much good for our industry and our region. We have given to countless charities, helped the homeless, provided scholarships, educated our produce professionals, given support to those in need and held some of the best events allowing for networking possibilities,” Sattler said in the release.

“Anthony will be greatly missed, but I know he’s only a phone call away, and in true Anthony fashion, he will answer the call,” NEPC executive director Laura Sullivan said in the release.

Murray has served on the NEPC board of directors for nine years, most recently as first vice president.

“In addition to his professionalism, leadership skills and industry knowledge, we can always rely on Tom for some comic relief during the board meetings,” Sullivan said in the release.

Brian Fleming, vice president of produce and floral at Stop & Shop, Quincy, Mass., is now first vice president. He has been on the board for a year and will start his role as first vice president on Aug. 26.

David Dearborn, vice president of produce at C&S Wholesale Grocers, will be the new secretary. Dearborn has worked for C&S for more than 25 years and served as a director on the board for the last year.

“I feel like we hit the trifecta with the addition of these executive board appointments,” Sullivan said in the release.

The council in the release thanked Beth McGuire, account executive at JOH, Billerica, Mass., where she’s worked for more than 22 years. 

McGuire has worked double-duty for many years as both the NEPC treasurer and secretary, and she will remain as the NEPC treasurer, according to the release. 

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