Kim Bui currently leads AgroFresh’s efforts in pioneering freshness and quality management solutions for the fresh produce supply chain using innovative remote sensors, machine learning algorithms, packhouse and orchard automation.
Kim has overseen major corporate acquisitions and has led the development and implementation of strategic, business, and operational plans for integrated solutions and products, accelerating their growth and transforming product, launching end-to-end solutions for technology businesses worldwide. Kim has led strategic, corporate and business development for such organizations as Compac and Emulex, with additional experience with Kearney and Toshiba. Kim holds an MBA from UC Berkley.
Kayla Dome is the Global Marketing Manager for the retail program at Potatoes USA. Potatoes USA is the marketing and research organization representing over 2,000 potato farmers in the United States. Kayla works with U.S. farmers both domestically and internationally to help their retailers sell more potatoes in grocery stores.
One of the most decorated athletes in American sports history, Bo Jacksonelectrified both the college and professional sporting worlds. A two-sport standout, Jackson is best-known as an unprecedented athlete, and also a national figure for his “Bo Knows” Nike campaign.
Jackson burst into the national spotlight in 1982 as a freshman at Auburn and went on to win the 1985 Heisman Trophy. Following famed college football and baseball careers, Jackson played professionally in both sports. Bo enjoyed four successful years in the NFL and eight in the MLB. Jackson stands alone as the only athlete to ever be named both an MLB and NFL All-Star.
Off the field, Jackson hosts “Bo Bikes Bama”, an annual charity bike ride. On the ride, Jackson leads a pack of participants on their choice of either a 62 or 22-mile route that includes a trip through the campus of his alma-mater, Auburn University. All proceeds from the event go directly to the Governor’s Relief Fund, which provides crucial disaster preparedness and emergency management resources for his home state.
With over 36 years of experience, Shawn started way back in high school with Independent Grocers in Oregon sorting cans & bottles and then into produce. He’s been with Albertsons 27 combined years starting at store level Clerk, to Produce Manager, Assistant Sales Manager Produce/Floral, Produce & Floral Sales/Category Manager, and current position VP Produce -National Merchandising Team. He was also with Litehouse Foods as Regional Sales Manager, Director of Integrated Business teams and VP Business Development. He graduated with an Associates Degree in Business Management and a Dale Carnegie Graduate, Leadership and Sales Presentation. He has also been part of the Produce Executive Leadership for United Fresh and IFPA Retail Committee Board Member and 2020 Fresh Summit Co-Chair. Shawn is married towife Robyn for 9 years and has 5 children.
Rachel Shemirani understands the value of good food at good prices as Barons Market Senior Vice President. Born and raised in San Diego, Rachel began working at the family-owned market in high school, running the register and stocking shelves before working her way up to her current role. Rachel oversees advertising, marketing, brand strategy and community engagement for Barons Market. She also serves as the gatekeeper for new products, leading weekly food panels to hand select high-quality and affordable products.
Caitlin Tierney, senior director of produce, local and innovation for Sprouts Farmers Market, says she truly thrives on building relationships with local farmers and supporting local communities. “[I’m] very passionate about our mission at Sprouts. I get to work besides incredible people that wake up every morning trying their hardest to make natural foods accessible for everyone,” she said.
Prior to Sprouts, Tierney was business director, western operations at Mastronardi Produce; senior director of fresh at 99 cents only stores; and produce chain marketing manager at Bayer. She got her start in the produce industry in 2006, as a category assistant at SpartanNash.
Shonna Williams, vice president of produce for Cardenas Markets, started her grocery career at Stater Brothers in 1991 as a courtesy clerk, becoming the third generation of her family to work for the San Bernardino, Calif.-based grocer. For the next 10 years, she worked her way up to produce manager. After serving 15 years at Stater Brothers, she went on to work for other companies, including Safeway as an inventory commodity specialist; a variety of foodservice roles; and Superior Grocers, where she became vice president of produce in 2018. Williams joined the Cardenas team in 2021.
Has over 28+ years of worldwide IT, telecommunications, food and agricultural and supply chain experience. From setting up production lines across the world for telecommunications to sourcing ingredients from the Americas to Asian countries. Traveling while delivering projects beneficial for the supplier and customers in over 4 continents, Martha dealt with both small and and industrial size stakeholders or suppliers, government entities and sophisticated buyers.
Martha and her brothers, Gustavo and Oscar, have won the Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence Microsoft award for Agtools – a worldwide SaaS global food & agricultural financial intelligence data for the Food and AG worldwide supply chain offering trusted official data from around the world, in real-time data for farmers and buyers to manage market volatility, increase profitability, reduce the world’s food waste and CO2, SO2 footprint. With over 500 commodities, 29 years of historical data, 1.4 billion plus data points and over 50 years of weather patterns worldwide uploading at 1 billion transactions per second.
Jim has 28 years of public accounting experience serving a wide variety of private and public companies that manufacture and sell consumer products. Jim leads Deloitte’s Consumer Business practice in the Pacific Southwest region and in that role focuses on delivering leading insights to companies in the sector across a wide variety of topics. Jim also leads Deloitte's Agribusiness National practice which focuses on service leading growers, processors, packaged goods companies and distributors. Jim also has had extensive experience serving private equity backed companies of varying sizes and structures and frequently advises companies through M&A and financing-related transactions.
Based in the greater New York City area, Amy Sowder has been an editor at The Packer for almost four years, and she’s narrowed her focus on the produce retail sector in November 2021, taking the helm of PMG magazine, The Packer’s Produce Market Guide for retailers. She’s also host of the “Tip of the Iceberg” podcast and leads the seasonal Produce Artist Award Series and is instrumental in the launch of ProduceEDU, a professional training platform for suppliers and buyers. Before joining Farm Journal’s produce team, she was a freelance writer, editor or staff writer for publications such as Bon Appétit, Women’s Health, Men’s Health, USA Today newspapers, Eat This, Not That, Greatist, Chowhound, Brooklyn Magazine, Westchester Magazine, Verywell Fit, Verywell Mind and Upworthy. She is a recipe tester for several cookbooks and was editorial assistant for Smitten Kitchen. Amy has been writing about food and health for 11 years, and she’s been a professional journalist for 19 years. She won the 2013 Excellence in Engagement Award from The News-Press Media Group, a Gannett Co.
After almost 30 years as President and CEO of the United Fresh Produce Association, Tom achieved a longtime goal for the fresh produce industry by helping launch the International Fresh Produce Association, a new association formed by the combination of United Fresh and the Produce Marketing Association. He served as Co-CEO of IFPA through March 2022, before forming his own consulting business The Stenzel Group.
Tom led United’s work in shaping legislative and regulatory policies; providing scientific and technical leadership in food safety and nutrition; and developing educational programs for its members. Under his leadership, the association was widely respected for its work in government affairs, agricultural policy, food safety and nutrition, leadership development, and industry education. He launched the United Fresh Start Foundation, a philanthropic arm committed to increasing children’s access to fresh fruits and vegetables, and was a founding partner of the Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools campaign. The campaign has donated salad bars to more than 6,000 schools across the country.
Today, Tom is a frequent speaker on industry issues, and works with industry leading companies and associations in strategic management, government relations, customer development and adoption of new technologies.
Tom 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 is the past Chairman of the International Federation for Produce Standards, a global body representing national produce associations around the world.
He served as a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100 leading association executives and the Key Industry Associations Committee of the American Society of Association Executives, from which he achieved the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation in 1990. 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. Tom is a 1977 graduate of the University of Richmond.