Jose Antonio Martinez Announced as Fresh Produce Association of the Americas Member of the Year
- by Jordan Okumura
NOGALES, AZ - Great work deserves a great reward, and Jose Antonio Martinez of Divine Flavor has earned just that. Recently, the Members of the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas (FPAA) have named Martinez as the 2020 Member of the Year. The distinction was given to Martinez at the FPAA’s Annual Meeting on September 29, 2020.
After joining the company in 2014, Martinez is now the Chief Operating Officer and General Manager of Divine Flavor. Since then, he has made an impact by contributing toward shared solutions to industry challenges, including USDA quality inspections. Earlier this year, when COVID was starting to impact Nogales, Arizona, Martinez and Divine Flavor participated in an FPAA webinar, helping share lessons about how to stop the spread of the virus in the warehouse setting, and the community at large.
“It’s really great to have Jose on the Board,” said FPAA President Lance Jungmeyer. “The mixture of his experience and his passion is palpable. He brings great energy to solving problems that impact all fresh produce distributors.”
According to the press release, peers in the association note that Martinez is committed to industry improvement and that he works tirelessly to implement innovations in inspections and warehouse management.
Since joining the Board of Directors of FPAA in 2018, Martinez has participated in all the association’s Mexico City trips, bringing great insights to meeting with the Mexican government. Martinez’s background in this area is a great asset. Earlier in his career, he was Assistant Chief of Staff to Sonora Governor Eduardo Bours.
“He has been a great example of a member of the industry interacting with state government,” FPAA Chairman Scott Vandervoet said.
Martinez earned a Masters in Public Administration from Columbia University in New York, and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Instituto Tecnologico de Monterey, where he focused on International Business.
Congratulations to Jose on this wonderful honor! Keep checking back to AndNowUKnow as bring you the latest from the industry.