Members, Meetings, Nominations & Leadership Program

“I see great potential for the category and believe HAB is a major vehicle in realizing that potential.”– HAB BOARD MEMBER

Board Members

Jorge Hernandez

Importer
Chairman

Sal Dominguez

Producer
Vice Chairman

Dave Fausset

Importer
Treasurer

Ben Van Der Kar

Producer
Secretary

Susan Pinkerton

Producer

CJ Shade

Producer

Sergio Chavez

Importer

Bob Schaar

Producer

Jacqueline Solares

Importer

Scott Bauwens

Producer

Charley Wolk

Producer

Gahl Crane

Importer

Jeff Dickinson

Producer Alternate

Will Carleton

Producer Alternate

Kimberlin Brown Pelzer

Producer Alternate

Andy Bruno

Importer Alternate

Peter Shore

Importer Alternate

Jim Swoboda

Producer Alternate

John Cornell

Producer Alternate

Vacant

Alternate

Paul Romero

Producer Alternate

Keith Slattery

Producer Alternate

Aaron Acosta

Importer Alternate

Elizabeth Ayala

Importer Alternate

Staff

Emiliano Escobedo

Executive Director

Robert M. Rumph

Senior Director of Finance and Administration

John McGuigan

Director of Industry Affairs

Alejandro Gavito

Senior Business Insights and Data Services Manager

Gina Widjaja

Director of Marketing and Communications

Natalia Arias

Senior Digital Marketing and Communications Manager

Ivonne Gomez

Bilingual Content Manager

Jason Garthoffner

Web and Graphic Designer

Nikki A. Ford, PhD

Senior Director of Nutrition

Feon Cheng, PhD, RDN

Epidemiologist

Silvia Standke

Senior Executive Assistant

Monica Acosta

Office Assistant

Upcoming Meetings & Events

All HAB meetings will be held alternatively between San Diego, Orange, Ventura and Los Angeles Counties.

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, HAB must follow all federal, state, and CDC orders/recommendations to ensure the health and safety of its members and the public. Therefore, the remaining 2021 board meetings will be held via an online video conference.  If the federal, state and CDC orders/recommendations change in the coming months, HAB will re-evaluate the need for video conference meetings and may hold in-person board meetings again when safe to do so. HAB will update its website when any decisions are made regarding future meetings.

April 15, 2021

Sustainability Task Force Meeting

11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. PDT via online video/teleconference

May 25, 2021

HAC/HAB Board Meetings

Via online/video teleconference.

September 20, 2021

HAC/HAB Board Meetings

Via online/video teleconference.

December 1-2, 2021

HAC/HAB Board Meetings

Via online/video teleconference.

Past Meetings & Events

April 14, 2021

Corporate Governance Committee (CGC) Meeting

11:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. PDT via online video/teleconference

March 2, 2021

Hass Avocado Leadership Committee (HALC) Meeting

1:00 P.M. PST via online video/teleconference

February 23-24, 2021

HAC/HAB Board Meetings

Via online/video teleconference

February 22, 2021

Finance Committee Meeting

1:00 P.M. PST via online video/teleconference

February 3, 2021

Executive Committee Meeting

2:00 P.M. PST via online video/teleconference

February 2, 2021

Sustainability Task Force Meeting

1:30 P.M. PST via online video/teleconference

January 14, 2021

Executive Compensation Committee Meeting

2:00 P.M. PST via online video/teleconference

January 12, 2021

Corporate Governance Committee (CGC) Meeting

2:00 P.M. PST via online video/teleconference.

December 1-2, 2020

HAC/HAB Board Meeting

Via online video/teleconference

December 1, 2020

Finance Committee Meeting

Online Video/Teleconference

Please see the attached meeting agenda for details. Meeting materials will be posted on or before November 27, 2020

November 20, 2020

Hass Avocado Leadership Committee (HALC) Meeting

Video/audio teleconference - see agenda for dial-in instructions

September 16 & 17, 2020

HAC/HAB Board Meetings

Via Zoom/Teleconference

September 14, 2020

Finance Committee Meeting

Please contact our office if you would like to attend the call and receive the meeting materials.

September 11, 2020

Executive Committee Meeting

Please contact our office if you would like to attend the call and receive the meeting materials.

September 10, 2020

Hass Avocado Leadership Committee (HALC) Meeting

Please contact our office if you would like to attend the call and receive the meeting materials.

September 3, 2020

Corporate Governance Committee (CGC) Meeting

Please contact our office if you would like to attend the call and receive the meeting materials.

August 28, 2020

Executive Compensation Committee Conference

If you are interested in attending this meeting, please contact our office so that your name can be added to the guest list

July 8, 2020

Country Reports & Information Committee (CRIC) Meeting

1:00 P.M. PST Zoom Call

Please contact our office if you would like to attend the call and receive the meeting materials.

June 17, 2020

Hass Avocado Leadership Committee (HALC) Meeting

9:00 A.M. PST Zoom call

Please contact our office if you would like to attend the call and receive the meeting materials.

May 13, 2020

Finance Committee Meeting

10:00 A.M. PST Conference Call

Please contact our office if you would like to attend the conference and receive the meeting materials.

May 7, 2020

Corporate Governance Committee (CGC) Meeting

1:00 P.M. Conference Call

Please contact our office if you would like to attend the conference and receive the meeting materials.

February 26, 2020

HAC/HAB Board Meeting

Location: Warner Center Marriott, 21850 Oxnard Street, Woodland Hills, CA 91367

February 25, 2020

Finance Committee Meeting

11:00 AM - Warner Center Marriott, 21850 Oxnard Street, Woodland Hills, CA 91367

February 10, 2020

Executive Committee Meeting

3:00 P.M. Conference Call


December 19, 2019

Global Data Committee Meeting

1:00 PM Conference Call

November 18, 2019

Executive Committee Meeting

11:00 A.M. Mission Produce - Packing House, 2901 Camino Del Sol, Oxnard, CA

November 6th-7th, 2019

HAB/HAC Board Meeting

Hyatt Regency Newport Beach. 1107 Jamboree Road, Newport Beach, CA

November 4, 2019

Finance Committee Meeting

1:30 P.M. Conference Call

October 21, 2019

Corporate Governance Committee (CGC) Meeting

11:30 AM Conference Call

October 17th, 2019

Industry Meeting

2:00 P.M. (during PMA in Anaheim, CA) Hyatt Regency Orange County. 11999 Harbor Blvd., Garden Grove, CA

October 7, 2019

Corporate Governance Committee (CGC) Meeting

1:30 PM Conference Call

October 3, 2019

Executive Committee

1:30 P.M. Conference Call

September 11th-12th, 2019

HAB/HAC Board Meeting

Cape Rey Carlsbad Beach. 1 Ponto Road, Carlsbad, CA

August 30th, 2019

Corporate Governance Committee

3:00 P.M. Conference Call

August 26, 2019

Executive Committee

10:00 A.M. Conference Call

August 16th, 2019

Corporate Governance Committee

2:00 P.M. Conference Call

August 7th, 2019

Executive Committee

2:30 P.M. Conference Call

July 16th-17th, 2019

HAB/HAC Board Meeting

Hilton Irvine/OC Airport. 18800 MacArthur Blvd. Irvine, CA

March 20th-21st, 2019

HAB/HAC Board Meeting

Westlake Village Inn - Lakeside Room. 31943 Agoura Rd, Westlake Village, CA 91361

Please contact us for additional historical meeting minutes and resources.

PAST HAB MEETING MINUTES

BOARD NOMINATIONS ANNUALLY RENEW LEADERSHIP…

by consistently identifying and recruiting industry experts to guide and to serve growers and importers and to stimulate industry growth.

The Hass Avocado Board’s job is to make avocados America’s most popular fruit – and it’s working.

The Board seeks skill sets and diversity that energetically pursue its mission to support the global avocado industry stakeholders in their collective efforts toward market expansion in the U.S.

WHY JOIN THE BOARD?

  • Become an integral part of the leadership engine that makes producers and importers successful
  • Because you benefit from the success of HAB and the industry it helps drive
  • Gain deeper industry understanding and knowledge to increase your expertise
  • Build relationships with global leaders from the avocado industry in the U.S.

When you join the Hass Avocado Board you connect with an organization of recognized success in creating a robust, nationwide produce category. Avocados are now bought and sold virtually nationwide. Consumers have happily embraced avocado nutritional benefits. HAB’s member importers have galvanized a worldwide industry’s success.

2021 Nomination Schedule

  • Mar 01 Announcement of open seats mailed to all eligible producers and importers
  • Mar 30 Deadline for receipt of Nomination forms by HAB
  • Apr 9 Deadline for receipt of Nominee Information Form
  • Apr 26 Ballots are mailed to all producers and importers
  • May 24 Deadline for receipt of ballots by independent accounting firm
  • Jun 07 Deadline to receive election results from accounting firm
  • Jun 09 Send out HAB Memo requesting Background, Capacity and Declaration of Eligibility forms
  • Jun 23 Deadline for receipt of Background, Capacity and Declaration of Eligibility forms
  • Jul 1 Forms, Outreach Summary to AMS and Nominee names to USDA Secretary
  • Nov 01 Term begins for new members and alternates

2021 Nomination Packet Materials

“I see great potential for the category and believe HAB is a major vehicle in realizing that potential.” – HAB Board Member

“HAB’s success truly depends on the leadership of our board members.” – HAB Board Member

“I am extremely passionate about the avocado industry and want to help shape its future.” – HAB Board Member

WHAT’S YOUR COMMITMENT?

  • Four Board meetings a year
  • Decision-making contributions to our policy and direction
  • Bringing your drive and enthusiasm to our Board
  • Sharing your expertise as a successful industry member

Visit our HAB meeting and events page to obtain copies of the latest Board meeting minutes.

STRATEGIC PRIORITIES

Our 5-year strategic blueprint was developed to ensure HAB’s legacy of success. Five priorities define our long-term agenda and guide our strategic plan:

  • Communications
  • Nutrition
  • Business Support Tools & Information
  • Sustainability
  • Industry Engagement & Leadership

Be a part of HAB’s success!

We’ve invested millions of dollars in nutrition-focused marketing campaigns that have helped make fresh Hass avocados a part of pop culture. Plus, our nutrition research has helped consumers understand how avocados are beneficial to their health. The entire industry can count on HAB to be a catalyst for action and a reason to be confident – and you can be a part of the future.

Download the 2021 strategic plan to learn more. You can also visit our annual reports page to learn more about our financials.

HAB’s Mission

HAB strengthens the Global Avocado Industry and its stakeholders in our collective efforts toward market development in the U.S. through leadership in Nutrition, Communications, Business Support Tools and Information, and Sustainability practices throughout the supply chain.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Hass Avocado Board
25212 Marguerite Pkwy. Ste. 250, Mission Viejo, CA 92692
(949) 341-3250

For more information:
silvia@hassavocadoboard.com

BOLD

(BOard Leadership Development Program)

GOAL:
To cultivate a pipeline of future avocado leaders to serve on HAB and HAPRI Association’s Boards

HAB is the only independent avocado organization, and we equip the entire industry for success.

The BOLD program was created to:

  • Help selected individuals cultivate their interest in serving the industry by enhancing readiness for participation on boards, from day one, if elected/appointed.
  • Guide potential volunteer leaders through a series of modules that will inform, educate, and deliver understanding of the avocado industry’s complex structure.
  • Provide a steppingstone to individuals who want to participate on HAPRIO boards. Graduates will be viewed as knowledgeable candidates, and uniquely qualified for Board participation.

Apply for the BOLD Program Today

2021 Timeline of application process:

  • Jan 4 – Jan 31 Open application enrollment.
  • February Video conference with a Hass Avocado Leadership Committee member(s).
  • Late March Selected candidates will be informed of their acceptance into the program by the HAPRI Board who will sponsor their participation.
  • April 1 BOLD program starts. Zoom welcome meeting. Overview of expectations, responsibilities, and calendar of meetings, events, and seminars.

Candidates commitments:

  • Yearlong participation, spanning March 2021 to March 2022.
  • Attend 5-6 HAPRIO Board meetings including module training sessions. Locations: CA and Dallas.
  • Meetings might be held virtually in year 1.
  • Potential trip to Washington for USDA visit.
  • Attend 2-day academic training at UC Davis in June (if travel is possible, held virtually otherwise)
  • Participate in a mentorship program throughout the year.
  • Have approval from participant’s company to engage.