United Fresh to honor Carkoski with Lifetime Achievement Award

United Fresh to honor Carkoski with Lifetime Achievement Award

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The United Fresh Produce Association has chosen Ron Carkoski to receive its Lifetime Achievement Award.

Carkoski, CEO of the Four Seasons Family of Cos., will receive the honor at Fresh Start 2019, at the United Fresh Start Foundation’s annual conference, Jan. 15 in La Quinta, Calif.

The Four Seasons companies are Earth Source Trading, Four Seasons Produce, Sunrise Logistics and Sunrise Transport.

Carkoski drives the company through “integrity, dynamic leadership, exceptional partnerships and a winning culture,” according to a United Fresh news release.

“As Ron plans his retirement after nearly three decades of service to the fresh produce industry, I can’t think of a more deserving individual to recognize with the Lifetime Achievement Award,” Tom Stenzel, United Fresh president and CEO, said in the release. “I know that communities throughout the produce supply chain will want to join in honoring a friend who has touched so many across our industry.”

Carkoski was the United Fresh chairman in 2014-15.

When Carkoski received The Packer’s Produce Man of the Year in 2015, Stenzel said Carkoski “has brought wisdom, enthusiasm and dedication to serve our entire industry.”

In his acceptance speech for The Packer honor, awarded at the United Fresh Show in Chicago, Carkoski said “It is an honor to be a part of this industry with you, and I share this with each and every one of you.”