President and CEO, United Fresh Produce Assocation

Tom Stenzel is President and CEO of the United Fresh Produce Association, a position he has held since 1993.  United Fresh is the pre-eminent trade association for the produce industry in shaping legislative and regulatory policies; providing scientific and technical leadership in food safety and nutrition; and developing educational programs for its members.  Founded in 1904, United Fresh represents the interests of companies from small family businesses to the largest international corporations throughout the global fresh produce supply chain.

United Fresh is widely known for its work in government affairs, agricultural policy, food safety and nutrition, working to promote political and environmental change to help the next generation of children double their consumption of fresh produce.  The United Fresh Foundation addresses food safety challenges, nutrition and health, sustainability, and leadership development within the industry through a variety of educational programs.  United Fresh is a founding partner of the Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools campaign, in partnership with First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move initiative.

Tom is a frequent speaker on industry issues and has been recognized often by the produce industry throughout his career.  He was honored as the 2002 Produce Man of the Year by The Packer newspaper, and currently serves as Chairman of the International Federation for Produce Standards, a global body representing national produce associations from the UK, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Chile, Canada and the United States.  He is also a member of the Key Industry Associations Committee of the American Society of Association Executives.  He has served in many government and industry leadership positions, including the first U.S. Department of Agriculture Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee, President George W. Bush’s Transition Advisory Team for Agriculture, and as an advisor on the U.S. Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee for Trade.

Tom was the founding President of the International Food Information Council (IFIC) in 1986, and was previously director of public affairs for the National Soft Drink Association.  Tom is a 1977 graduate of the University of Richmond, and achieved the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation in 1990 from the American Society of Association Executives.