International Fruit Tree Association Seeks New Management

International Fruit Tree Association Seeks New Management

The prestigious International Fruit Tree Association (IFTA) seeks proposals from individuals or management companies to provide executive management and staffing functions in 2018.


IFTA was established in 1958 to promote an understanding of the nature and use of dwarf fruit trees through research, education, and dissemination of information. The current IFTA vision is “Leading global tree fruit innovation.”

“We are actively searching for proposals until July 31st for companies or individuals interested in submitting a proposal,” said IFTA President Rod Farrow.

Reporting to the IFTA Board of Directors, this entity/individual would be responsible for all association business and website management while coordinating the publication of the Compact Fruit Tree journal (three times annually) and annual conference and orchard tours.

With about 600 members and an annual budget of between $500,000 and $550,000, IFTA currently consumes about 375 staff work days per year. IFTA’s staff team also manages the IFTA Research Foundation. It currently pays about $130,000 in association management fees.

The successful candidate will be comfortable working with growers, research and Extension personnel, and university staff; be willing to travel to all conferences and tours; and have some background in the tree fruit industry.

More information is available on the IFTA website.

Complete written proposals (in either Word or PDF format) should be emailed to Steve Drake, SCD Group, at [email protected] and must be received no later than 5 p.m. (EDT), Monday, July 31.