The Texas International Produce Association has announced that Dave McGillivray will be its TIPA 2022 Viva Fresh Expo keynote speaker April 21-23 at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas.
McGillivray has served since 1988 as the technical and race director of the B.A.A. Boston Marathon. He is an athlete, entrepreneur, motivational speaker, philanthropist, author and a survivor of triple bypass heart surgery.
As an athlete, McGillivray has logged more than 150,000 miles, completed 164 marathons, is a nine-time competitor in the Ironman Triathlon World Championship, has been inducted into the USA Triathlon Hall of Fame and has completed a coast to coast run for charity. He and his company, DMSE, have raised more than $200 million for various charities over the past 40 years.
“Inspiration comes in many forms, including that of cautionary tales and Dave’s story is just that,” said Dante Galeazzi, CEO and president of TIPA. “To hear firsthand from a dedicated athlete how he found his way to health eating and had to change his lifestyle to include more fruits and vegetables is a reminder to us all that no one is immune, and we all need to find the clean eating balance in a stressful life.
“Dave will share his triumphs and defeats and there is no doubt his stories, sage advice and the motivation that he bestows as he recounts his journey through terrorism, COVID and a life-saving surgery is something that will ring clear and be a highlight of our keynote luncheon while inspiring everyone to dream big and finish strong.”
Viva Fresh serves to shine a light on the Lower Rio Grande Valley as an emerging trade corridor and production zone for fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as to promote healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle. The three-day event focuses on networking, education and building relationships in a relaxed and intimate setting.
The Viva Fresh Produce Expo was established in 2015 by the TIPA in order to create meaningful networking and educational opportunities for its members while shining a light on the importance of the Rio Grande Valley as an emerging trade corridor and production zone for healthy and nutritious fruits and vegetables available all year long.
For more information, visit vivafreshexpo.com.