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Blue Diamond Growers Highlights Leaders; Kai Bockmann Comments

Blue Diamond Growers Highlights Leaders; Kai Bockmann Comments


SACRAMENTO, CA
Tuesday, December 12th, 2023

As 2024 draws near, Blue Diamond Growers is simultaneously looking ahead to the future and reminiscing on the past year through the lens of its leadership. At its annual meeting in November, the almond co-op announced its new Board of Directors and honored several industry leaders. As part of the appointments, Steve Van Duyn was elected to serve as the new Board Chairman as Dan Cummings finishes out his term.

Steve Van Duyn, Board Chairman, Blue Diamond GrowersVan Duyn is a Blue Diamond grower who has served on Blue Diamond Growers’ Board of Directors, representing District 5 since 2005, and has served as Vice Chair since 2021. As detailed in a release, he is the Owner, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Van Duyn Family Farms in Ripon, California, where he and his family grow almonds and walnuts.

In addition to Van Duyn, Kent Stenderup, who represents the co-op’s District 9 region, was elected as the Board’s new Vice Chair. Three Directors who were up for election—Van Duyn, Dale Van Groningen, and Dan Mendenhall—were all re-elected to the Board. In addition, the two directors at-large, Joe Huston and Kristin Daley, were re-elected to their seats.

Kai Bockmann, President and Chief Executive Officer, Blue Diamond Growers“We cannot underestimate the incredible impact that our outgoing Chair, Dan Cummings, has had on the success of Blue Diamond Growers during his leadership on the board,” said Kai Bockmann, President and Chief Executive Officer of Blue Diamond Growers. “His wisdom, dedication, business acumen, global industry knowledge, and steadfast commitment to progress—in any marketplace condition—has served the growers of Blue Diamond incredibly well and will be positively felt for many years to come. As Dan transitions leadership to Steve, we are excited for the start of this new chapter and working together to carry on the legacy of service that Dan so admirably exemplified.”

On top of the new board member announcements, two industry leaders were also recognized at the co-op’s annual meeting. Long-time industry champion Julian Heron was recognized for his remarkable leadership on behalf of Blue Diamond Growers. Additionally, agriculture industry leader and Blue Diamond grower Kelli Evans was named the 2023 Chairman’s Grower Ambassador of the Year. Evans is a third-generation Hispanic almond and rice farmer from Live Oak.

At its annual meeting in November, Blue Diamond Growers announced its new Board of Directors and honored several industry leaders

“Without question, it has been a challenging year. But the loyalty and leadership demonstrated by deeply committed individuals—such as Julian and Kelli—along with our current and incoming board leadership coupled with the dedication of Blue Diamond team members, will allow us to overcome these challenges together,” said Bockmann. “I’m confident Blue Diamond will deliver great prosperity and a sustainable future for our growers, employees, their families, and the communities we call home.”

We applaud these leaders for their accomplishments!

Blue Diamond Growers
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