Council Members

We invite you to get more involved with the USHBC – we need your voice and your expertise! There are opportunities to help further the work of the organization and the entire blueberry industry. The board is comprised of state and regional Representatives serve as localized resources for the growers, marketers and importers in their assigned area. They manage coordinated state/regional efforts such as hosting meetings and data collection and reporting.

USHBC elections for Handlers, Public Members, Importer and Exporter members and alternates are divided and held in two separate years. The election of Regional Members, Importer #1, Exporter #1 (Chile) and Public Member take place in one year, and the election of State Representatives, Exporter #2 (Canada), Importers #2, #3 and #4, and Handler take place the following year.

For candidates who are nominated during a USHBC election year, download either an industry member or public member background information form here.

States

California

Member – William Steed
Second Term Ends 12/31/22

Alternate – Young Kwun
Second Term Ends 12/31/22

Florida

Member – Bill Braswell
First Term Ends 12/31/22

Alternate – Brittany Lee
First Term Ends – 12/31/22

Georgia

Member – John Bennett
Second Term Ends 12/31/22

Alternate – Michael Railey
First Term Ends 12/31/22

Michigan

Member – George Fritz, Jr.
Second Term Ends 12/31/22

Alternate – Bob Carini
Second Term Ends 12/31/22

New Jersey

Member – Paul Macrie, III
First Term Ends 12/31/22

Alternate – Matthew Macrie
First Term Ends 12/31/22

North Carolina

Member – Chris Barnhill
Second Term Ends 12/31/22

Alternate – Neil Moore
Second Term Ends 12/31/22

Oregon

Member – Doug Krahmer
First Term Ends 12/31/22

Washington

Member – Bryan Sakuma
First Term Ends 12/31/22

Alternate – Brenton Roy
First Term Ends 12/31/22

Regions

Western

Member – Verne Gingerich
First Term Ends 12/31/21

Alternate – Ellie Norris
First Term Ends 12/31/21

Southeast

Member – Ryan Atwood
First Term Ends 12/31/21

Alternate – Stacy Spivey
First Term Ends 12/31/21

Midwest

Member – Shelly Hartmann
First Term Ends 12/31/21

Alternate – Pat Goin
First Term Ends 12/31/21

Northeast

Member – Dave Arena
First Term Ends 12/31/21

Alternate – Art Galletta
First Term Ends 12/31/21

Handlers, Importers, Exporters and Public Members

Handler

Member – Risa Bakker
First Term Ends 12/31/22

Importer #1

Member – John Johnston
First Term Ends 12/31/21

Alternate – Bonnie Lundblad
First Term Ends – 12/31/21

Importer #2

Member – JC Clinard, Jr.
First Term Ends 12/31/22

Alternate – Guy Cotton
First Term Ends 12/31/22

Importer #3

Member – Janice Honigberg
Second Term Ends 12/31/22

Alternate – Ryan Lockman
First Term Ends 12/31/22

Importer #4

Member – Tom Bodtke
Second Term Ends 12/31/22

Exporter #1

Member – Jorge Andres Varela
Second Term Ends 12/31/21

Alternate – Carlos Abujatum
First Term Ends 12/31/21

Exporter #2

Member – Ray Biln
Second Term Ends 12/31/22

Alternate – Jesse Brar
Second Term Ends 12/31/22

Public Member

Member – Amy Howell
First Term Ends 12/31/21

Alternate – Bill Cline
First Term Ends 12/31/21