Members, Meetings & Nominations

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

Board Members

Sal Dominguez

Producer Director
Chairperson

Ben Van Der Kar

Producer Director
Vice Chairperson

Aaron Acosta

Importer Director
Treasurer

Sergio Chavez

Importer Director
Secretary

Jamie Johnson

Producer Director

Mark Vawter

Producer Director

Maria DeSarbo

Importer Director

Susan Pinkerton

Producer Director

CJ Shade

Producer Director

Jorge Hernandez

Importer Director

Bob Schaar

Producer Director

Jacqueline Solares

Importer Director

Byron Talley

Producer Alternate

Ivor Vanwingerden

Producer Alternate

Elizabeth Ayala

Importer Alternate

Vacant

Importer Alternate

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

Chris Henry

Importer Alternate

Staff

Monica Acosta

Associate Manager of Finance and Administration

Natalia Arias

Sr. Digital Marketing Strategist

Ella Bauer, PhD

Nutrition Research Associate Manager

Feon Cheng, PhD, RDN

Nutrition Epidemiologist

Emiliano Escobedo

Executive Director

Nikki A. Ford, PhD

Sr. Director of Nutrition

Jason Garthoffner

Web and Graphic Designer

Alejandro Gavito

Sr. Business Insights and Data Services Manager

Ivonne Gomez

Content and Community Manager

Amanda Izquierdo, MPH, RD, LDN

PR & Advertising Manager

John McGuigan

Director of Industry Affairs

Pam Ortega

Executive Assistant of Operations

Robert M. Rumph

Sr. Director of Finance
and Administration

Silvia Standke

Sr. Manager of Operations

Gina Widjaja

Director of Marketing and Communications

Upcoming Meetings & Events

All HAB meetings will be held in Orange County.

As the circumstances surrounding COVID-19 remain, HAB will continue to follow all Federal, State, and CDC orders/recommendations to ensure the health and safety of its members and the public. Board meetings will be held Hybrid (virtual and in-person). Committee meetings will continue to be held via an online video conference. Out of an abundance of caution for our employees, board or committee members, contractors, and USDA representatives, members of the public are strongly encouraged to attend HAB meetings virtually. HAB has developed the Health & Safety Guidelines for Meetings and Events Policy (click here). Any individual that attends a HAB meeting in person, shall receive a copy of these guidelines and sign the acknowledgment form prior to attending the meeting.

September 21, 2022

HAC/HAB Board Meetings

Hybrid (Virtual/In-Person) – Location TBD

December 6-7, 2022

HAC/HAB Board Meetings

Hybrid (Virtual/In-Person) – Location TBD

Past Meetings & Events

May 18, 2022

HAC/HAB Board Meetings

Hybrid
Virtual – via zoom
In-Person – The Hills Hotel, Laguna Hills, CA

May 10, 2022

Finance Committee Meeting

Via online/video teleconference

May 6, 2022

Corporate Governance Committee Meeting

Via online/video teleconference

May 2, 2022

Executive Compensation Committee

Via online/video teleconference

April 5, 2022

Corporate Governance Committee Meeting

Via online/video teleconference

March 29, 2022

Executive Compensation Committee Meeting

Via online/video teleconference

March 24, 2022

Corporate Governance Committee Meeting

Via online/video teleconference

March 10, 2022

Avocado Sustainability Advisory

Via online/video teleconference

March 1-2, 2022

HAC/HAB Board Meetings

Via online/video teleconference

February 25, 2022

Finance Committee Meeting

Via online/video teleconference

February 23, 2022

Corporate Governance Committee (CGC) Meeting

Via online/video teleconference

February 18, 2022

Executive Compensation Committee

Via online/video teleconference

February 17, 2022

Avocado Sustainability Advisory Meeting

Via online/video teleconference

January 25, 2022

Corporate Governance Committee (CGC) Meeting

Via online/video teleconference

January 6, 2022

Executive Committee/Officer Succession Meeting

Via online/video teleconference

December 1-2, 2021

HAC/HAB Board Meetings

Via online/video teleconference.

October 28, 2021

Executive Committee Meeting

Via online/video teleconference.

September 20, 2021

Finance Committee Meeting

8:00 A.M. via online video/teleconference

September 17 & 20, 2021

HAC/HAB Board Meetings

Via online/video teleconference.

August 31, 2021

Executive Compensation Committee Meeting

2:30 P.M. via online video/teleconference

August 26, 2021

Global Data Committee Meeting

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

August 24, 2021

Executive Committee Meeting

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

August 3, 2021

Finance Committee Meeting

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

July 21, 2021

Sustainability Task Force Meeting

11:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. PDT via online video/teleconference

June 17, 2021

WEBINAR - 2021-2025: Ensuring the Hass Avocado Industry's Success

Via online/video teleconference.

May 25, 2021

HAC/HAB Board Meetings

Via online/video teleconference.

May 24, 2021

Finance Committee Meeting

2:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. PDT via online video/teleconference

May 13, 2021

Corporate Governance Committee Meeting

11:00 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. PDT via online video/teleconference

May 7, 2021

Executive Committee Meeting

2:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. PDT via online video/teleconference

April 15, 2021

Sustainability Task Force Meeting

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

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.

2022 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 08 Deadline for receipt of Nominee Information Form
  • Apr 29 Ballots are mailed to all producers and importers
  • May 23 Deadline for receipt of ballots by independent accounting firm
  • May 30 Deadline to receive election results from accounting firm
  • Jun 06 Send out HAB Memo requesting Background, Capacity and Declaration of Eligibility forms
  • Jun 20 Deadline for receipt of Background, Capacity and Declaration of Eligibility forms
  • Jul 05 Forms, Outreach Summary to AMS and Nominee names to USDA Secretary
  • Nov 01 Term begins for new members and alternates

2022 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

Bring your passion for the avocado industry’s growth to the Hass Avocado Board as a new Board member and help shape the future of our industry.

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