Rich Dachman ( File photo )

Rich Dachman, Sysco Corp.s’ vice president of produce, received the inaugural Center for Growing Talent’s Jay Pack Cultivating our Future Award.

The award, presented by Pack and the center’s vice president of talent portfolio Alicia Calhoun, was given Oct. 17 during the center’s contributor and volunteer reception in Orlando, Fla., in conjunction with the Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit.

Sysco’s Nancy Johnston received the award on Dachman’s behalf after he was delayed by air travel, according to a news release.

“Rich personifies what this award stands for,” Calhoun said in the release. “He works tirelessly not only to increase access to fruits and vegetables, but also to invest in the future of our industry’s talent – as a mentor, as a recruiter, as an advocate for young people and women in our industry.”

Pack, former CEO of Standard Fruit & Vegetable Co., Dallas, and former PMA CEO Bryan Silbermann originated the Career Pathways program, which pairs up students with industry members at Fresh Summit, in 2004. The first program was sponsored by the Pack Family Foundation.

Since then, more than 1,000 university students have participated in the program, with about two-thirds taking jobs in the industry, including at Sysco.

“I am deeply honored and humbled to have Center for Growing Talent offer an award in my name recognizing an individual who supports attracting talent to our industry,” Pack said in the release.