STEP-UPP provides an enriched learning experience for retail and foodservice produce professionals. Our participants also develop a greater understanding of the industry through an emphasis on strategic orientation, personal leadership, and hands-on field experience. Twelve (12) individuals are selected through an application and interview process based on leadership experience and interest in developing a career in fresh produce. Potential candidates must be active members of SEPC.
2018 STEP-UPP Networking Activity
STEP-UPP Class Testimonials
“The word that pops into my head that best describes the overall experience is family. It seemed more like a gathering of family members or old friends. That includes my fellow STEP- UPP members. We seemed to all instantly hit it off. I really feel like we have a very special group. Hopefully the best yet! April can’t get here fast enough!! Thanks!
– Lee Butram, AWG, STEP-UPP Class of 2018
“I’m so grateful for the opportunity to have been a member with STEP-UPP. I gained invaluable experience about the industry first hand by touring farms, talking to suppliers, and networking with industry leaders and experts. Years later, I still use what I learned to make better buying decisions for my company.”
– Leslie Gallegos, Fresh Point Tampa, STEP-UPP Class of 2012