Meet the Board Members

The individuals listed below serve you and the mango industry by participating as Board Members on the National Mango Board (NMB). The Board Members work with the NMB staff, providing guidance and input on the strategic direction and specific activities to help increase mango awareness and consumption. All budgets and major initiatives of the NMB are reviewed and approved by the Board Members.

Several times throughout the year, Board Members are asked to travel for multi-day Board Meetings, and each Member serves on at least one committee. The committees include Marketing, Research, Industry Relations and Executive Committee (made up of the officers and committee chairs). The NMB appreciates this commitment of time and energy. Because of the active participation of these Board Members, the NMB staff is able keep the various programs moving forward for the benefit of the mango industry.

Feel free to contact your Board Members, ask questions and let them know what you think of the program so far. The NMB wants to hear from you!

Name Position Term Ends
Bill Vogel
Los Angeles, California
Chairperson
Importer District 2
12/31/2014
Veny L. Marti
Carolina, Puerto Rico
Vice-Chairperson
Domestic Producer
12/31/2014
Ronnie Cohen
River Edge, New Jersey
Ex-officio
Importer District 1
12/31/2015
Greg Golden
Mullica Hill, New Jersey
Board Member
Importer District 2
12/31/2014
Mariana Gonzalez
Hidalgo, Texas
Board Member
First Handler 
12/31/2015
Reynaldo Hilbck
Piura, Peru
Board Member
Foreign Producer
12/31/2016
Bernardo Malo
Guayaquil, Ecuador 
Board Member
Foreign Producer
12/31/2014
Eddy Martinez
Guatemala City, Guatemala
Board Member
Foreign Producer 
12/31/2015
Tomás Paulin Quezada
Colima, Colima, Mexico 
Board Member
Foreign Producer
12/31/2015
Jorge Perez
Sinaloa, Mexico 
Board Member
Foreign Producer
12/31/2016
Danny Pollak
Sea Girt, New Jersey
Board Member
Importer District 1
12/31/2015
Enrique Sanchez
Tecuala, Nayarit, Mexico
Board Member
Foreign Producer
12/31/2014
Wade Shiba
Missouri City, Texas
Board Member
Importer District 2
12/31/2014
Kenneth Nabal
Idaho Falls, Idaho

Board Member
Importer District 3

12/31/2016
Christopher A. Ciruli
Tubac, Arizona
Board Member
Importer District 3
12/31/2016
Jiovani Guevara
Phoenix, Arizona
Board Member
Importer District 4
12/31/2016
Jean Sapp
Lehigh Acres, Florida
Board Member
Domestic Producer
12/31/2015

How are Board Members Selected?

The Board Member positions include 8 Importers, 7 Foreign Producers and 2 Domestic Producers, as well as a First Handler. Each position comes with a term end date, which is listed in the table above. Each year, the mango industry will go through a nominations process to fill positions that will be available at the end of that year.

National Mango Board Member Roles and Responsibilities

Understand and comply with the Commodity Promotion, Research, and Information Act of 1996 (Act), the Mango Promotion, Research, and Information Order (Order), rules and regulations, and USDA guidelines.

Be dedicated to the mission, goals, and objectives of the Mango Board (Board). Represent the members of the mango industry. Act as ambassador of the NMB. Speak on behalf of the NMB. Represent NMB to peers.

Serve the industry impartially, making decisions based on the welfare of the industry as a whole rather than on personal or business considerations. To ensure fair and equal treatment of all industry peers in market promotion and research programs.

Regularly attend the Mango Board meetings and come prepared to discuss the issues and business to be addressed.

Select Board officers, committees, and subcommittees at the start of each fiscal period or at other appropriate times.

Appoint an executive committee and delegate authority to administer duties under Board direction and within Board policies.

Develop Board policies, bylaws and procedures for approval by USDA for Board implementation, and recommend amendments to rules and regulations under the Order, as necessary.

Ensure staff compliance with the Act, Order, rules and regulations, bylaws, Board policies and procedures, and USDA policies.

Develop programs and projects to carry out the mission of the Board (use a fiscal year marketing plan) and forward to USDA for approval prior to implementation. Enter into contracts or agreements to develop and carry out approved programs and projects. Secure USDA approval prior to implementation of contracts and agreements.

Demonstrate fiscal responsibility by performing the following: recommend an assessment rate; prepare fiscal budgets; amend budgets as necessary; set a reserve; ensure that the staff issues monthly financial reports and accurate records of Board actions and transactions; ensure that the books of the board are audited each fiscal year; and evaluate the effectiveness of all programs and projects to assure wise stewardship of industry funds.

Ensure efficient and timely enforcement of the Act and Order by staff; ensure identification, investigation/audit of violators and the complete documentation of cases and a timely referral of compliance cases to USDA.

Assist in securing qualified candidates for membership on the Board.

Promote industry unity. Advise the industry of the Board’s mission, goals, objectives, projects and programs. Support the programs, projects, and actions of the Board outside of its meetings. Maintain the highest standard of personal and professional conduct when representing the Board. Avoid conflicts of interest and appearances of conflicts of interest.

Make decisions for the good of the entire industry.

Diversity Statement

The NMB encourages industry members without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, size of business/operation, and marital or family status or other basis protected by U.S. law to participate in NMB activities and seek a position on the NMB.  

 

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