A.G. Kawamura, a grower and shipper of fresh produce from Orange County, Calif., was elected chairman of the board of Western Growers Association during the group's recent 76th annual meeting in Hawaii.

Kawamura is a partner of Orange County Produce, LLC. He joined his family business as a produce salesman for Western Marketing Co. in 1978. He managed sales and exports for eight years before transitioning to the production side of the firm. In 1966, Western Marketing Co. was changed to Orange County Produce, LLC. Currently Kawamura manages the company's 600 acres of growing and harvesting operations while remaining actively involved in several industry and community organizations.

Also elected to serve as officers for 2002 were Edwin A. Camp, D.M. Camp and Sons, Bakersfield, Calif., senior vice chairman; John C. D'Arrigo, D'Arrigo Brothers of Calif., Salinas, Calif., vice chairman; Robert P. Gray, Duda Calif./Gene Jackson Farms, Salinas, Calif., treasurer; and Fred P. LoBue Jr., LoBue Brothers, Lindsay, Calif., executive secretary.