Join us for the 50th Annual Nogales Produce Convention


FPAA Fall Convention – 50 Years of Celebration

FPAA 2018 Fall Convention Schedule of Events 

Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018

10:00 a.m.–4:00pm      Registration – At Otero House at the Tubac Golf Resort and Spa

8:30 a.m. – ADOT Tour

12:00 p.m. – Welcome and Networking Lunch at the Chapel

12:30 p.m. – Supply Chain Integrity –  Speeding up the Wheels of Commerce – U.S. Customs and Border Protection continues to work to streamline commercial border crossings, all while keeping the nation secure. From Unified Cargo Processing, to pilot programs to scan 100% of commercial cargo, to an overhaul of the trusted trader programs, learn more from Bradley Hayes, Executive Director of the Office of Trade Relations at the Department of Homeland Security.

12:55 – p.m. – Focus on TransportationStraight from The Source – To promote road safety, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is clarifying rules about Hours of Service and Electronic Logging Device. Jim Mullen, General Counsel of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, will highlight how these changes impact not only interstate commerce, but also imports from Mexico.

1:20 p.m. – Supply Chain IntegrityProduce Industry Ethical Charter – Responding to social and market concerns regarding worker social responsibility, the fresh produce industry has launched a broad Ethical Charter, spearheaded by the Produce Marketing Association and United Fresh Produce Association. PMA President Cathy Burns will walk us through the responsibilities and benefits of this groundbreaking program.

1:45 p.m. – Networking Break

2:00 p.m.  Game Changer Session – From Helping Hands to Cool Wheels – Multiple Sclerosis can hit anyone, anywhere. To combat the impacts of this debilitating disease, the produce industry has joined together with local charity ARSOBO and Dr. William Neubaur to donate wheelchairs that are appropriate for rural areas where Mexican produce is grown.

2:20 p.m.  – Research in Focus –  Economic Impact of Produce Imports from Mexico – How much do produce imports impact the economy within the United States? A lot, it turns out. See the results of a study from the University of Arizona, which has researched how many jobs and how much economic activity can be traced to a single produce item from Mexico. Lead researcher Dari Duval will be on hand to answer your questions.

2:30 p.m. – Hot Topics Panel – From NAFTA to trade facilitation to food safety to social responsibility, there is a lot going on. Hear from top industry experts about how these issues pose both challenges and opportunities. Panelists are: Martin Ley, President of Fresh Evolution; James Martin, Wilson Produce; Walter Ram of Giumarra Cos.; Cathy Burns of Produce Marketing Association; and, Dari Duval of the University of Arizona. Moderated by FPAA President Lance Jungmeyer.

3:30 p.m. – Keynote Speaker  – Tales from Pati’s Mexican Table – Mexico has a world-renowned cuisine, and one of the top emissaries of this tradition is PBS celebrity Chef Patricia Jinich, host of ‘Pati’s Mexican Table,’ which is broadcast in more than 20 countries.  Come hear the passion and excitement for Mexican fruits and vegetables from Chef Pati, who this year won a James Beard Award and has a host of stories to tell.

4:15 p.m. – Conclusion

6:00p.m.-11:30p.m. – Opening Fiesta and Networking Event in the Ball Room and outside area.

Friday, Nov. 2, 2018

8 a.m. – 9 a.m. – Golf Registration (First Round) @ Tubac Golf Resort

9:30 a.m. – Shotgun Start

11 a.m. – 3 p.m. – 2nd Culinary Showcase, Top Dishes Out of Mexico’s Top Produce– Join us to sample unique and tasty culinary creations from chefs and culinary teams, all featuring the wonderful flavors of Mexican produce. Sponsored by the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas and the Mexican Consulate of Nogales, Arizona. Co-hosted by James Beard award winner Pati Jinich, host of PBS series “Pati’s Mexican Table.” Bonus: Pati Jinich will sign copies of her book for the first 50 confirmed attendees (ticket required).

2:00-4:00 pm – FPAA Women’s Leadership Invitational – FPAA is committed to advancing the careers of women leaders in the fresh produce industry. Join us for an inspiring session with exciting speakers.

  • Pati Jinich, host of PBS series “Pati’s Mexican Table” and a James Beard award winner, will talk about her challenges and secrets to success as a woman entrepreneur.

  • Cathy Burns has built a career in the food industry. After rising through the ranks to be President of retailer Food Lion, she now is an industry leader as CEO of the Produce Marketing Association

  • Plus, more!

2:00pm – 5:00pm      Helicopter Rides over the Nogales warehouse districts, the Mariposa Port of Entry and a flyover of the MMT Observatory in the Santa Rita Mountains.

6:30pm –10:30pm – Gala Event and “Pillars of the FPAA” Awards Ceremony Geronimo Ballroom – The gala event will feature a reception, elegant sit-down dinner, dancing, entertainment and the “Pillars of the FPAA” recognition award ceremony & the Salad Bar Program presentation.

Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018

8:30 a.m. – 9 a.m. – Golf Registration (Second Round) & Breakfast @ Tubac Resort

9:30 a.m. – Shotgun Start

2 p.m. – 3 p.m. – Lunch & Award Presentation for Golf Tournament @ Tubac Resort


Convention Registration/Packet Pick-Up:

Thursday, Nov. 2 from 10:00 AM- 4:00 PM at the Otero House at the Tubac Golf Resort and Spa

Transportation Details:

Thursday, November 2- Shuttle Service at Holiday Inn (Nogales) and Garrett’s Supermarket (Rio Rico) parking lot from 5:45PM-12:30AM (every 30 mins)

Friday, November 3- Valet parking service

Concerned about what you’ll wear? Below is the suggested dress code:

Thursday (Day): Business Casual

Thursday (Evening): Dressy Casual- part of the event will be outside and it will be chilly

Friday (Day): Business Casual

Friday (Evening): Formal/evening wear

Saturday: Golfing Attire

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