7:00am - 7:00pm
8:00am - 12:00pm
10:30am - 11:30am
Jennifer Sey is an author, former national gymnastics champion, and corporate leader who spent close to 23 years at Levi Strauss & Co., holding various leadership positions. She began in 1999 as a marketing assistant and rose to become the Global Brand President in 2020. Before her time at Levi's, Jennifer excelled in the world of competitive gymnastics and, after suffering a devasting injury at the 1985 World Championships, came back and won the U.S. National Gymnastics Championship in 1986.
When COVID arrived, Sey spoke out about the harm to children from extended playground and school closures and, as a result, faced pressure to stay quiet from her company. In early 2022, after 28 years in the corporate world, Sey left it all behind to be free to speak her mind.
12:00pm - 2:00pm
The Western Growers Political Action Committee (PAC) provides strategic campaign support to elected officials and candidates. Your contribution to the annual PAC Luncheon helps amplify our members’ voices in political contests in Arizona, California and across the country.
Karl Rove, former Senior Advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff to George W. Bush, will provide the keynote address. According to Michael Barone of U.S. News & World Report, “No Presidential appointee has ever had such a strong influence on politics and policy.”
Known as “The Architect” of President Bush’s 2000 and 2004 campaigns, Rove continues to shape American political discourse through his regular contributions to Fox News, the Wall Street Journal and numerous other media outlets. His unique perspective will be particularly significant in advance of the highly consequential 2022 midterm elections.
Come see why Fred Barnes of The Weekly Standard has called Rove “the greatest political mind of his generation and probably of any generation.”
Lunch will be served.
2:30pm - 4:00pm
This session will focus on the increasing number of family farmers who have decided to accept an offer from private equity investors. What factors are motivating multigenerational family farmers to seek the exits? What does the increasing presence of private equity newcomers mean for the culture and fabric of the Western produce industry and thousands of rural communities?
Derek Yurosek , Managing Director at Arable Capital Partners
Brandon Grimm, Grimmway Farms, General Manager, Organic Operations
Ted Reimers, Vice President - Agribusiness, American AgCredit
Heather Mulholland, COO, Mulholland Citrus
Albert Keck, President, Hadley Date Gardens, Inc.
6:30pm - 9:30pm
Dance and sing along with the "Rat Pack & Marilyn” on a journey through the greatest hits of American pop stars, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr. The glitz and glamour of 1960's Las Vegas comes alive in this must-see fun, energetic showcase of American Rat Pack standards including “Come Fly With Me”, “That’s Amore” and “Mr. Bo Jangles”. Reconnect with our own legendary industry colleagues and friends as we honor Western Growers’ loyal members and partners during this unforgettable event.
Cocktails and buffet dinner will be served.