United Fresh this week announced the winners of the annual Frieda Rapoport Caplan Family Business Scholarship for 2017. They are:
Nick Wishnatzki, Marketing Projects Manager, Wish Farms, Plant City, FL
Brian Loffredo, Operations Manager, Loffredo Fresh Produce, Des Moines, IA
Geoff Ratto, Sales, Ratto Bros., Inc., Modesto, CA
Mikee Suarez, Sales, MAS Melons & Grapes, LLC, Nogales, AZ
This year’s scholarship recipients will engage in political advocacy efforts, education and networking activities, while also gaining the necessary skills be effective leaders on the issues that impact businesses and the fresh produce industry.
In addition, they will participate in the Rising Leaders Program, which provides additional education for emerging
industry leaders on public policy and advocacy.
Founded in 2001, the Frieda Rapoport Caplan Family Business Scholarship Program was established by sisters Karen Caplan and Jackie Caplan Wiggins in honor of their mother, Frieda Rapoport Caplan. The program provides the opportunity for representatives from family-owned businesses to attend the United Fresh Washington Conference.