Sunkist Growers elects 2008 board

Nicholas L. Bozick of Mecca, California was re-elected to a third term as chairman of the board of Sunkist Growers following the 6,000 member citrus cooperative's 114th annual meeting in Visalia, California on February 20. Bozick is President of Richard Bagdasarian Inc., a family run multi-commodity produce, growing packing and shipping business in the Coachella Valley. In addition to citrus, the company also handles table grapes and vegetables. He has served on the board of directors of both Sunkist and Fruit Growers Supply Company, a manufacturing and supply cooperative affiliate of Sunkist. Bozick is a former chairman of the California Grape and Tree Fruit League, having served on that organization's executive committee for seven years and on the board for more than 15 years.

Re-elected vice chairmen for 2008 are Craig Armstrong of Palm Desert, California; Mark D. Gillette of Dinuba, California. Newly elected to a Vice Chairmanship is James P. Finch of Ojai, California.

Gillette is managing partner of Gillette Citrus Company and a board member of the Central California Citrus Exchange. A fourth-generation citrus grower in Tulare County, Gillette was first elected to the Sunkist board in 1999. He has served on the board of directors for Sunkist's manufacturing and supply affiliate Fruit Growers Supply Company since 1991.

Armstrong was elected to the Sunkist board of directors in 2006 from the Southern California Citrus Exchange. A third generation citrus grower and packer in the California desert area. Armstrong is general manager of Coachella Valley Citrus and Dunlap Farm Management Company in Thermal, California where he has worked for the past 10 years.

Finch was elected to the Sunkist board in 2004 from the Saticoy Fruit Exchange. A third generation citrus he and his family grow lemons, oranges and avocados in Ventura County, California. In addition to his agricultural interests, Finch serves as a Trustee of the Monica Ross School.

Bringing the board total to 28 are: Caroline K. Alfheim of Clovis, Calif.; Lee C. Bailey of Orange Cove, Calif.; William E. Chaney of Sun City, Arizona; John L. Colbert of Kingsburg, Calif.; Steve Cutting of Manhattan Beach, Calif.; Rob Davis of Ojai, Calif.; Gerald M Denni of Strathmore, Calif.; Donald E. Dames of Oxnard, Calif.; Harold S. Edwards of Santa Paula, Calif.; James P. Finch of Ventura, Calif.; Russell Katayama of Orosi, Calif.; Gary Laux of Porterville, Calif.; Eric M. Meling of Ivanhoe, Calif.; Samuel G. Mayhew of Oxnard, Calif.; Tom L. Mazzetti of Riverside, Calif.; Martin Mittman of Porterville, Calif.; Dick R. Neece of Porterville, Calif.; Cecilia A. Perry of Yuma, Arizona; Richard W. Pidduck of Santa Paula, Calif; Kevin R. Riddle of Orosi, Calif.; Gary M. Romoff of Los Angeles, Calif., Chuck Sheldon of Lindsay, Calif.; Randy Veeh of Visalia, Calif., and Henry Vega of Santa Paula, Calif.

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