( Logos courtesy Produce Marketing Association )

To celebrate National Volunteer Month in April, the Produce Marketing Association and the Center for Growing Talent are thanking their more than 400 volunteer leaders around the world.

The produce and floral professionals are led by Jin Ju Wilder, director of marketing for LA & SF Specialty and chairwoman of the PMA board of directors; and Leonard Batti, vice president of business development for Taylor Farms and chairman of the talent center’s board, according to  a news release.

“In my time with PMA, I continue to be amazed, inspired, and humbled by the engagement from our volunteer leaders across the supply chain,” Cathy Burns, PMA CEO, said in the release.

“From our board of directors to volunteers serving on a wide variety of committees, country councils, steering committees, and task forces, we are blessed to have access to unique insights and ideas that not only bring our global produce and floral community together, but also help move PMA closer toward fulfilling its vison of building a healthier world,” Burns said in the release. 

The volunteers come from 11 countries and have worked on a variety of issues, including food safety; demand creation strategies; key trends in the global produce and floral industries; floral transportation challenges; and recruiting and developing young talent to the industry, according to the release.