Florida Citrus Mutual Elects Directors

Josh McGillFlorida Citrus Mutual

In voting that ended April 21, Florida Citrus Mutual (FCM) grower members elected a board of directors for the 2023–25 seasons. 


Of FCM’s 10 districts, only districts 4 and 7 required elections. “All other districts received the correct number of nominations for available seats,” said Matt Joyner, FCM executive vice president/chief executive officer.

The directors are:

District 1 representing Hernando, Lake, Marion, Orange, Osceola, Pasco, Seminole and Volusia counties: Glenn Beck with Beck Brothers Citrus and Ric Freeman with PH Freeman & Sons Inc.

District 2 representing Hillsborough and Polk counties: Larry Black with Peace River Packing Co., Kenny DeVane with DeVane Harvesting Inc., Corby Myers with Myers Groves, Christian Spinosa with Dudley Putnam Inc. and Kyle Story with The Story Companies. 

District 3 representing Brevard, Indian River, Martin and St. Lucie counties: Kevin Koppelman with Heller Bros. Packing Co. and Tom Mitchell with Riverfront Packing Co.

District 4 representing Hardee and Manatee counties: Ned Hancock with Hancock Citrus and Mark Wheeler with Wheeler Farms Inc.

District 5 representing Highlands and Okeechobee counties: John Barben with Barben Fruit Co., Andy Russell with GR Cattle LLC and Jim Snively with Southern Gardens Citrus Inc. 

District 6 representing DeSoto and Sarasota counties: Peter Hahn with Consolidated Citrus LP, V.C. Hollingsworth III with VCH Management Inc., Chris Moore with Alico Citrus and Justin Sorrells with Sorrells Groves Inc. 

District 7 representing Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee counties: David Howard with Graves Brothers Company, Paul Meador with Everglades Harvesting Inc. and Wayne Simmons with Wayne H. Simmons. 

The directors will be officially seated and elect officers at the FCM annual meeting June 14 during the Florida Citrus Industry Annual Conference in Bonita Springs.

“The Florida Citrus Mutual staff and I look forward to working with the board for the next two years on behalf of the Florida citrus grower,” Joyner said.

Source: Florida Citrus Mutual

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