Florida Citrus Commissioners Reappointed

Jim Rogers Florida Citrus Commission, Florida Department of Citrus

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The Florida Citrus Commission with Florida Department of Citrus Executive Director Shannon Shepp

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Aug. 5 announced the reappointment of the nine members of the Florida Citrus Commission. They are:

CHRISTOPHER GROOM

CHRISTOPHER GROOM
Groom is chief operating officer of Florida’s Natural Growers. He serves as vice president and treasurer of Florida’s Natural Growers Foundation. Groom earned his bachelor’s degree in economics and Hispanic studies from Northwestern University and his master’s degree in international business studies from the University of South Carolina.

STEVE JOHNSON

STEVE JOHNSON
Johnson is president and owner of Johnson Harvesting, Inc. He serves as vice president of the Florida Farm Bureau Federation. Johnson earned his bachelor’s degree in agricultural operations management from the University of Florida.

CARLOS MARTINEZ

CARLOS MARTINEZ
Martinez is a procurement manager for The Coca-Cola Company. Previously, he was brand supply manager for The Coca-Cola Company and a distribution manager for Cutrale Juices. Martinez earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Central Florida and his master’s degree in Christian theology from Saint Leo University.

MARTIN MCKENNA

MARTIN MCKENNA
McKenna is president and owner of McKenna and Associates Citrus, Inc. He is past chairman of the Florida Citrus Commission, past president of Florida Citrus Mutual and past president of Highlands County Citrus Growers Association. McKenna earned his bachelor’s degree in agriculture from the University of Florida.

PAUL MEADOR, JR.

PAUL MEADOR, JR.
Meador is president of Everglades Harvesting, Inc. and Everglades Agricultural Services, Inc. He is vice president of Florida Citrus Mutual. Meador serves on the executive committee of both the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association and the National Council of Agricultural Employees.

WILLIAM POULTON

WILLIAM POULTON
Poulton is senior director of global procurement for Tropicana Products, Inc. and is a member of the board of directors of the Florida Citrus Processors Association. He is a veteran of the United States Navy; he served on the USS Ainsworth as a main propulsion assistant as well as a qualified surface warfare officer. Poulton earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Duke University.

JOHN ‘PAT’ SCHIRARD

JOHN ‘PAT’ SCHIRARD
Schirard is director of Citrus Extracts, LLC and former president of Indian River Select, LLC. He serves on the Indian River Citrus League board of directors and is a member of Florida Citrus Mutual. Schirard earned his bachelor’s degree in agriculture, food and resource economics from the University of Florida.

JOHN SMOAK

JOHN SMOAK
Smoak is president and chief executive officer of Smoak Groves, Inc. He is a board member of Florida’s Natural Growers, Highlands County Citrus Growers Association and Heartland National Bank. Smoak earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Florida.

DANIEL SUTTON

DANIEL SUTTON
Sutton is the president and general manager of Alico Citrus, Inc. He is vice president of Gulf Citrus Growers Association and serves on the Florida Citrus Mutual board of directors. Sutton earned his bachelor’s degree in citrus business from Florida Southern College.

The appointments are subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.

Source: Gov. Ron DeSantis

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