2013 Ag Leadership Award Recipients
Announced TODAY, California
Agricultural Leadership Foundation (CALF) and the Ag Leadership Alumni Council
honored four individuals with the 2013 Ag Leadership Awards. The awards were
presented on Oct. 17 at Fresno State.
Stephen Patricio and Ron Macedo received
the 2013 Profiles in Leadership Award, which recognizes Ag Leadership Program alumni for their
leadership in improving the industry, community, business, government,
education and/or the environment.
is a Class 19 alumnus and president and CEO of Firebaugh-based Westside Produce,
a major grower/packer/shipper of cantaloupe and honeydew melons that he
co-founded in 1993. He is regarded as a passionate and visionary leader in the
produce industry. He has been an active and important voice for food safety for
the past 20 years.
Macedo is a Class 32 alumnus
and the owner and manager of R.A.M. Farms, Inc., a custom farming and farm
management business in Turlock. He has made a powerful impact in the
agriculture industry and in his community through leadership roles, volunteer
and outreach efforts, and his businesses. The Turlock Chamber of Commerce
recognized him as its 2013 Agricultural Leader of the Year.
David Wehner and Rob Yraceburu received
the 2013 Honorary Fellow Award, which recognizes individuals who have
demonstrated consistent commitment and uncommon excellence in the furtherance
of education and leadership in California agriculture. Recipients are also
dedicated and longtime supporters of the California Agricultural Leadership
interim vice president of strategic initiatives at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and
former dean of the College of
Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences. In
his role as a CALF partner university dean for 11 years, he provided valuable expertise,
insight and support to Ag Leadership. He has also served on the California State Board of Food and
the executive vice president and division
manager of Wells Fargo’s National Food & Agribusiness Division, has worked with the company in several financial capacities for
over 25 years. He has brought his business perspective and breadth of
experiences to the CALF board since 2009.
have also participated on CALF Ag Leadership candidate screening committees.
are extremely pleased to recognize these four distinguished individuals,” said CALF
President and CEO Bob Gray. “They
are all exemplary leaders and role models who have made a difference in
countless ways, and we are proud that they are affiliated with Ag Leadership.”
operates the Ag Leadership Program, which is considered to be one of the premier leadership development experiences in the
United States. Since it was first
delivered in 1970, more than 1,200 men and women have participated in the
program and have become influential leaders and active volunteers in
agriculture, government, communities, business and education. The
organization’s motto is, “We grow leaders
who make a difference.”
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