Sunkist growers elect 2007 board

Nicholas L. Bozick of Mecca, Calif., was re-elected to a second term as chairman of the board of Sunkist Growers following the 6,000-member citrus cooperative's 113th annual meeting in Visalia, Calif.

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 Co., 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 2007 are Craig Armstrong of Palm Desert, Calif., Mark D. Gillette of Dinuba, Calif., and John M. Grether of Somis, Calif.

Gillette is managing partner of Gillette Citrus Co. 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 Co. since 1991.

Grether, who was elected to the Sunkist Board in 2003, is vice chairman of the board of Saticoy Fruit Exchange where he has served as a board member for 21 years. He is co-owner of Grether Farming Co., a second-generation citrus grower and third-generation farmer in the Somis area of Ventura County.

Armstrong was elected to the Sunkist board of directors last year 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 Co. in Thermal, Calif., where he has worked for the past 10 years.

Bringing the board total to 27 are: Caroline K. Alfheim of Clovis, Calif.; Lee C. Bailey of Orange Cove, Calif.; William E. Chaney of Sun City, Ariz.; 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, Ariz.; 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., and Randy Veeh of Visalia, Calif.

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