We’re Honored To Recognize Leaders In Produce
Our industry is about passion. Every member of SEPC puts in extra time on the job because of the satisfaction that a better yield in crops, businesses, and relationships brings us. But there are a select few who stand out among us who unite our region through tireless effort, extraordinary instinct, and a genuine love for our industry. We’re proud to recognize them each year with our Next Generation and Terry Vorhees Lifetime Achievement Awards.
Next Generation Award
For SEPC members 39 years or younger who have been employed in the produce industry for at least four years and have made a significant contribution to the industry. To qualify for the Next Generation Award, members must be in “Good Standing” with the SEPC through regular attendance and contributions to our council.
NOTE: Neither SEPC employees or contractors or their immediate family are eligible for the award. The term “immediate family” includes spouses, siblings, parents, children, grandparents and grandchildren, whether as “in-laws”, or by current or past marriage(s), adoption, cohabitation or other family extension, and other persons residing at the same household, whether or not related.
Congratulations To Our 2019 Recipient!
Andrew Hare | Vertical Roots
2018 – Ross Williams 2017 – Adam Lytch
Terry Vorhees Lifetime Achievement Award
Our highest honor awarded in partnership with co-sponsor The Produce News. Recipients of this award have displayed consistent excellence over a career in produce and have left an indelible impression on the industry, providing new benchmarks for future leaders.
Congratulations To Our 2020 Recipient!
Rick Estess | RPE, Inc.
2019 – Gordon Hochberg
2018 – David Stornetta
2017 – Sheila Carden
2016 – Joe Klare
2015 – Terry Vorhees
2014 – Tom Page
2013 – Paul DiMare
2012 – Reggie Griffin
2011 – Tommy Irvin
2010 – Peter Pero III
2009 – Ferdinand Duda
2008 – Joe McGee