The Texas International Produce Association has formed a new networking group called Y-TIPA. The focus is on building connections, networking and providing education to the newest generation of fresh produce industry professionals.
Y-TIPA will be hosting events throughout the year and the state with the objective of building and training the younger community of TIPA members. This group is designed to include all aspects of the industry – farming, production, operations, sales, accounting, marketing, allied industries and so forth. This committee is specifically for TIPA members under the age of 35.
The first event will be at Top Golf in Pharr, Texas at 7 p.m. on July 29. The event is free and open to all TIPA members under the age of 35. Register/RSVP your attendance with [email protected]
“One of our members, Kristen Davis of TexMex Sales, was the brain-child of Y-TIPA,” said Dante Galeazzi, president and CEO of TIPA. “There’s a desire from our young fresh produce professionals in our industry to learn from their peers and grow stronger together. TIPA is proud to have such a committee among its ranks.”
“As a new member in the produce business, I saw that most of the people I knew were from the older generation and sometimes that can be intimidating coming into the industry,” Davis said. “We wanted to create Y-TIPA for the opportunity for my generation and future generations to be able to engage in networking and educating each other within the business. We want to have future events that will encourage young professionals to get involved and learn from one another to grow in this industry, which is constantly changing.”
Founded in 1942, the Texas International Produce Association (TIPA) promotes, advocates, educates and represents the nearly $8 billion in fresh produce that is either grown in the state or calls Texas the first point of U.S.-arrival for North American distribution.