United Fresh Announces 2019 Family Business Scholarship Winners
- by Maggie Mead
WASHINGTON, DC - With its Washington Conference fast approaching, United Fresh is taking a look at family-owned companies who form the backbone of the industry, announcing the three recipients of its 2019 Frieda Rapoport Caplan Family Business Scholarships, a scholarship program named after one of the industry’s most beloved family-owned companies.
“Each year, my sister Karen and I are honored to host the recipients of the Frieda Rapoport Caplan Family Business Scholarship at the United Fresh Washington Conference. During this conference, they’ll have the opportunity to get immersed in the most pressing public policy issues facing the fresh produce industry,” said Jackie Caplan Wiggins, Vice President and COO of Frieda’s, Inc. “The Washington Conference is the perfect destination for passionate professionals to learn about the industry and grow their leadership skills. We look forward to experiencing the event with this year’s scholarship recipients.”
This year’s recipients are:
- Richard Castaneda, Project Manager, Field Fresh Foods
- Christopher Ferachi, Operations Analyst, Capitol City Produce
- Kathy Sponheim, Co-Owner/Sales, Michael Family Farms
The Frieda Rapoport Caplan Family Business Scholarship Program was founded in 2001 by sisters Karen Caplan and Jackie Caplan Wiggins, in honor of their mother, Frieda Rapoport Caplan. The scholarship offers a chance for representatives from family-owned, United Fresh member businesses to attend the United Fresh Washington Conference. Each scholarship recipient will receive complimentary airfare, hotel, and registration to participate in the conference.
Each year, the scholarship committee reviews program applicants using several criteria, including each candidate’s interest in advocacy work and their commitment to the produce industry.
The Washington Conference, this year held from September 16-18, brings hundreds of produce leaders together from all sectors of the industry for education on critical industry issues, and allows them to meet with members of Congress, their staff, and top regulatory officials. The scholarship winners will have the chance to network with industry leaders from across the country, and will gain a better understanding of the political process and how to advocate for their priority issues.
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