In addition to our Board of Directors, Advisory Board and PTNPA Team, the Strategic Committees play a significant role in advising and leading the PTNPA. Strategic Committees are led by members of our Board of Directors. Any member (active or associate) in good standing is encouraged to serve on a committee. If you are interested in serving on a committee, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Advocacy Committee tracks key regulatory issues of concern to the nut industry. They work to ensure that the PTNPA is in regular contact with Key Agencies and Congressional Representatives who influence the business landscape for PTNPA Member companies, and mobilize PTNPA Members to act when needed. This Committee also informs, plans and encourages Member participation in the Annual PTNPA Advocacy Event in Washington DC, as well as regular meetings with Key Regulatory Agencies.
Chair: Joe Graziano, Jr.
Committee Members: Jeff Abels, Karim Azzaoui, Jack Eustace, Larry George, Craig Leva, Mark Lozano, Steve O’Mara, Joel Perkins, Mike Place, Joseph Setton, Gene Sobeck, Dan Zedan, Karl Zimmer
MARKETING/PUBLIC RELATIONS COMMITTEE
This committee is charged with promoting and preserving the integrity of the PTNPA name, brand, mission and vision through communications and public relations activities designed to provide industry related facts and information of value to Members, influencers and those involved in the overall success of the nut industry.
Chair: Mia Cohen
Committee Members: Tony Bagato, David Birdsong, Michael Celani, Compton Chase-Lansdale , Kim Conboy, Brian Ezell, Justin Hintlian, Kevin Kramer, Sharon McAvoy, Matthew Parris
NOMINATING COMMITTE (Board Only)
Chair: Brian Ezell (Past-Chairman of the Board)
Committee Members: Angela Bauer, Bill Elam, Mike Valentine
Involved in planning all aspects of the Annual PTNPA Convention, this Committee sets the Convention program/agenda, researches/identifies speakers and timely topics of interest to PTNPA member, and ensures Members participation/ support and satisfaction with this long-standing event.
Chair: Joel Perkins
Committee Members: Bill Elam, Brian Ezell, Justin Hintlian, Bob Sauer
MEMBERSHIP AND INDUSTRY COMMITTEE
The Membership and Industry Committee keeps a close watch on industry trends and dynamics, while understanding and delivering consistent value to PTNPA members based on their interests and needs. This Committee creates and implement plans for leadership/member collaboration, educational and networking opportunities, and ultimately providing the greatest value possible to PTNPA Members and industry partners.
Chair: George Argires
Committee Members: Karim Azzaoui, Angela Bauer, Brian Ezell, Craig Leva, Mike Valentine
The purpose of the Technical Committee is to track, discuss and consolidate scientific and technical trends and information of interest to the entire Nut Industry and to serve as providers of educational information for PTNPA Members.
Chair: Bob Sauer, Co-Chair: Hiroki Hiura
Committee Members: Jeff Abels, David Barnett, Tim Birmingham, Michael Campagna, Kim Conboy, Darlene Cowart,
Wesley Dick, Linda Gavin, Austin Goulet, Brandon Harrell, Amy Hochderffer, Cameon Ivarsson, Ashley Jenson, Teri Johnson, Tom Jones, Brent LaPointe, Tony Lahnston, Matt Lenzen, Angelo Losurdo, Yvonne Masters, AJ Naber, Eric Paskerian, Patrick Pfaff, Lanny Smith, Rhonda Starling