Ron Mahan of Tamiami Citrus, LLC has been elected president of the Gulf Citrus Growers Association (GCGA) for 2020-21. Other officers are Vice President Danny Sutton of Alico, Inc., Secretary Wayne Simmons of LaBelle Fruit Co., LLC and Treasurer Rob Atchley of A. Duda & Sons, Inc. The elections were held during the association’s 34th annual meeting on June 3.
The association also seated directors during the annual meeting. The directors from Collier County are Mahan, Tom Kirschner of Cooperative Producers, Inc. and Bob Newsome of Barron Collier Partnership. David Wheeler of Wheeler Farms, Inc. is the director from Glades County. Hendry County directors are Atchley, Julian Gardinier of Gardinier Florida Citrus, Dale Johnson of JEBCO Citrus, Simmons and Sutton. The Lee County director is Kirk Harris of Lipman. Dan Pool Jr. of Custom Citrus Care is the at-large director.
GCGA Executive Vice President Steve Smith said another highlight of the annual meeting was hearing a congressional update from Congressman Greg Steube. Steube serves Florida’s 17th Congressional District, covering all of Charlotte, DeSoto, Glades, Hardee and Okeechobee counties along with portions of Lee, Polk and Sarasota.
The GCGA represents citrus growers in a region accounting for more than 25 percent of the state’s total citrus production.
Learn more about issues in the Gulf region from Mahan, who discussed disease, harvest labor and environmental issues in the Gulf in a 2017 interview, when he was vice president of the association.
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