Industry Invited to Connect with Aggies for Fresh Students at Dedicated Viva Fresh Reception

Wed. April 12th, 2017 - by Laura Hillen

DALLAS, TX – With Viva Fresh Produce Expo only days away, DMA Solutions, Inc. and other industry leaders are ramping up for further ways to uplift the leaders of tomorrow. Students from Texas A&M University will have new opportunities to network with industry members throughout the event, and during the Aggies for Fresh Reception.

Bret Erickson, President and CEO, Texas International Produce Association“We were thrilled with the success of last year’s Aggies for Fresh scholarship program and wanted to offer a dedicated networking reception for students to get to know the companies they’re looking to work for someday,” said Bret Erickson, President and CEO of Texas International Produce Association. “This will be the perfect opportunity to meet highly capable future employees and we expect to see an excellent turnout in support of these bright young stars.”

This year’s reception will be held on Friday, April 21, from 4-5 p.m. at the Hilton Hotel in Salon A & B on the 4th floor. Each of the recipients who will be present at the reception have been personally mentored and handselected by Dan’l Mackey Almy, Founder of Aggies for Fresh and CEO of DMA Solutions. Of the dozens of applications submitted, these ten students truly embody the work ethic and passion of the industry, which makes them excellent candidates for fresh produce positions.

The Aggies of Viva Fresh Expo 2016

This year’s ten scholarship recipients of the Aggies for Fresh program come from various backgrounds and degrees. According to a press release, this spans everything from Agricultural Economics to Food Science and Technology. Seven students are graduating seniors who will be pursuing full-time positions in May, with the other three graduating later in 2017 and into 2018 and currently looking for internships.

Trent Bishop, Vice President of Sales, Lonestar Citrus“Lone Star Citrus Growers is proud to support the Aggies for Fresh program because our industry is in need of young, energetic minds to help shape the future of fresh produce–Aggies for Fresh is a direct pipeline to a qualified pool of just that,” said Trent Bishop, Vice President of Sales at Lonestar Citrus Growers. “Having had the opportunity to speak to and meet several of this year’s participants, I am highly encouraged by their enthusiasm and energy, and it’s very evident that the future of our industry indeed looks very bright.”

Sponsors of the reception include the following:

The Aggies for Fresh program expanded this year from the six to ten students after a successful inaugural year last year.

It’s not too late to RSVP to the Aggies for Fresh Reception! Secure your spot at the event by clicking here and registering by April 14. Want to schedule a personal interview with any of the students, email Sarah Bockholt.

DMA Solutions Viva Fresh Produce Expo