Committees

2017 Committees

The Board of Directors recently reviewed the association’s committee structure to ensure it was in line with the strategic plan and direction of the association. The Board determined that there will be four standing committees that address the priority activities and issues being addressed by the association. The committees of the Almond Alliance of California provide a forum for analyzing, discussing and providing input to the Board on issues and challenges confronting the industry and/or the alliance. Additionally, the Board can develop task forces to addresses specific issues as needed.   Almond Alliance members are encouraged to volunteer for committee service.

 

By-Products Quality Committee

The By-Products Quality Committee is composed of representatives from the almond hulling/shelling, processing, merchandising, and general feed manufacturing industries and ingredients suppliers. The By-Products Quality Committee is a forum to study, analyze and determine direction on issues related to almond byproducts including hulls, shells, and biomass.  The committee provides input on regulations impacting feed regulations and alternative uses for hulls and shells.

Chaired by: Paul Parreira, Leo-Parreira & Associates/Parreira Almond Processing
Committee Members: Bill Adams, Imperial Western Products; Brad Craven, Superior Almond Hulling; Mike Curry, Johnson Farms; Nick Himba, Northern Merced Hulling Association;  Rich O’Roark, Central Valley Ag Grinding; Kris Vander Maarl, Western Milling

 

California Almond Industry Political Action Committee

The California Almond Industry Political Action Committee (PAC) is composed of almond growers, huller/shellers, and handlers. The PAC serves to promote and protect the welfare of the Almond industry. The PAC assists industry members in educating and organizing themselves for more effective political action and communication with elected California officials. The PAC has established a continuing political campaign fund to receive voluntary contributions from persons interested in promoting the PAC purposes and to make expenditures to elected officials and candidates for state office.
Chaired by: Bill Lyons, Mapes Ranch
Committee Members: Dick Cunningham, Cunningham Ranch Inc.; Jeannine Grech, Campos Brothers Farms; Mike Mason, Supreme Almonds of California; Todd Meyer, Western Nut Company; Dave Phippen, Traville & Phippen; Melissa Poole, The Wonderful Company; Alicia Rockwell, Blue Diamond Growers 

 

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is composed of the Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Secretary, and Chief Financial Officer of the Association. The Executive Committee is a standing committee and shall have all the authority delegated by the Board. All action taken by the Executive Committee shall be reported to the full Board at the next Board meeting.

Chaired by: Brad Craven, Superior Almond Hulling
Committee Members: Dick Cunningham, Cunningham Ranch, Inc; Paul Parreira Jr., Leo-Parreira & Associates/Parreira Almond Processing Co., LLC; Barbara Smith, Riverwest Processing 

Government Relations Committee

The Government Relations Committees is composed of almond growers, huller/shellers, and handlers. The committee analyzes, discuss and provides direction to the Board of directors on legislative and regulatory issues that affect the almond industry. Issues that may come before the committee include but are not limited to food safety, feed quality, environmental, crop protection tools, labor, water, bee health, air quality and market enforcement.
Chaired by: Bill Lyons, Mapes Ranch
Committee Members: Dick Cunningham, Cunningham Ranch Inc.; Jeannine Grech, Campos Brothers Farms; Mike Mason, Supreme Almonds of California; Todd Meyer, Western Nut Company; Dave Phippen, Traville & Phippen; Melissa Poole, The Wonderful Company; Alicia Rockwell, Blue Diamond Growers 

 

Meetings and Seminars Committee

The Meeting and Seminars Committee is composed of regular members and associate members. The purpose of the committee is to plan and implement the annual convention and to provide direction and assistance to staff on other meetings and seminars including but not limited to safety training.

Chaired by: Dick Cunningham, Cunningham Ranch, Inc.

Committee Members: Bertie Areias, Cunningham Ranch Inc.; Guy Newman, Der Manouel Insurance Group