Left to right: Dan Sutton, Ron Ratto and Steve Church

Board Leadership Changes at the LGMA

The LGMA Advisory Board has undergone several changes recently.

Victor Tognazzini

Victor Tognazzini

This summer LGMA Vice Chairman and founding member Victor Tognazzini surprised us by announcing that he was going to retire in Montana with his new bride.  He was expected to take over for current Chairman Ron Ratto in two years; but we understand why he didn’t want to delay moving on. We couldn’t be happier for him and we wish him the best.

Luckily, the Board’s Treasurer Steve Church was ready, willing and able to step up to take Victor’s place as Vice Chairman.  Steve is a founder of family-owned Church Brothers Farms with operations throughout California and Arizona.   He has been involved in many facets of the vegetable industry since the 1960s and has served on the Boards of several other produce industry associations including Grower-Shipper Association of the Central Coast and Western Growers.  This wealth of experience is a great asset to the LGMA.

Dan Sutton was appointed to replace Steve Church as Treasurer.  Dan is General Manager of the Pismo-Oceano Vegetable Growers Exchanges (POVE) located on the central coast near San Luis Obispo.  He is currently chairman of the LGMA’s Communications Committee.   Dan is an active participant in LGMA Ambassador program and featured in our training video The Why Behind Food Safety. We welcome Dan to his new leadership position on the LGMA Board and thank him for his willingness to serve.

Chairman Ron Ratto of Ratto Bros., Inc in Modesto continues to lead the organization.  He was appointed in May of 2015 and his term is expected to end in Spring of 2017.

Left to right: Dan Sutton, Ron Ratto and Steve Church

Left to right: Dan Sutton, Ron Ratto and Steve Church

Last but not least the LGMA Board welcomes two new alternate members.  Jennifer Clark of Steinbeck Produce will represent the Salinas, Watsonville, San Joaquin Valley, Kern County region.  Sharan Lanini, of Fresh Express, will represent the Imperial Valley region. 

A full list of LGMA Board members and alternates can be found here.  We encourage LGMA members to get to know their representatives – if you don’t already.  The LGMA leadership is an important conduit to the leafy greens community.  The Board is always happy to hear from their constituents on any issue of concern.  


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