January 31, 2017
The board of directors of the National Association of Perishable Agricultural Receivers (NAPAR), a fresh produce association that represents the interests of produce wholesalers and receivers, has elected John Vena, president of John Vena, Inc., as vice chairman of the board.
“I am honored to join the leadership team of this essential association," says Mr. Vena. "NAPAR’s focus on the wholesaler’s perspective is really quite unique among industry trade organizations. I expect the group’s role to become even more important to wholesalers across the country, as we struggle with an ever increasing regulatory environment. Looking forward to big things.”
During the same session, Matthew D’Arrigo, vice president of D’Arrigo Bros. Co. of New York, was elected chairman of the board. The NAPAR Board also elected three new members: Rob Strube of Strube Celery & Vegetable Co. of Chicago, Dominic Russo of Rocky Produce from Detroit and Jeff (J.D.) Brown from Wakefern Food Corp. of New Jersey.
NAPAR is a national trade association focused exclusively on the unique needs of produce wholesale receivers. Its members are family-owned, multi-generational businesses with combined annual sales over $4 billion.
For almost three decades, NAPAR has established a tradition of helping receivers and making sure their voices are heard in Washington before Congress and the regulatory agencies. No other trade association can speak solely on behalf of wholesale receivers in times of crisis and need.