65th Annual Conference - April 13-16, 2011 in Columbia, SC
Host - South Carolina State Farmers Market
Many thanks to David Tompkins and his entire staff at the South Carolina State Farmers Market for hosting a great conference in a beautiful city. The sessions were packed with information and the tours and meals were first rate. Who would ever imagine there could be a peach orchard with over 500,000 trees.
Attendees also had a chance to learn more about the on-going partnership between NAPMM, the Wallace Foundation, and USDA as together we develop distribution models for the future.
At the annual meeting new board members were elected and some continued in their board roles. Our thanks go out to all these individuals for volunteering to commit to keeping NAPMM the most valuable resource in the National for Market Managers. Also, many thanks to Ben Vitale for agreeing to continue in his role as President. Ben is a well respected leader and has made NAPMM a vital part of the National discussion about the future of markets.
At the Saturday evening awards banquet, San Antonio Produce Terminal Manager Tom Preston was recognized as the Market Manager of the Year. In almost 13 years at the market, Tom has made countless improvements in facilities and operating procedures. However, more importantly, Tom's sincerity, honesty, and principled management approach has helped him gain the respect and cooperation of tenants, Board and staff. Congrats Tom - This honor is well deserved.
The Conference Committee is already hard at work planning for the 2012 Conference which will be held in Los Angeles, California, probably in late February or early March.