Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association President Mike Stuart has announced two important staff changes that will enhance FFVA’s ability to provide expert knowledge and quality services to its members.
Sonia Tighe has joined the FFVA staff as director of membership. For the past several years, Tighe has served FFVA in a consulting role as executive director for the Florida Specialty Crop Foundation. In 2011, her association responsibilities expanded with the highly successful launch of the Emerging Leader Development Program. In her full-time staff role, Tighe will take on full responsibility for all aspects of membership recruitment, retention, and administration in addition to her previous duties.
Mike Aerts, formerly director of membership, takes the position of director of production and supply chain management. He will focus his time and energy on two critical areas of importance to FFVA members: pest management and food safety. Aerts also will continue his administrative responsibilities with the sweet corn exchanges and the management of supply chain issues on behalf of FFVA membership.