The California Tree Fruit Agreement has begun an executive search to find a replacement for manager Jonathan Field who announced his resignation Oct. 26 after 20 years at the helm of CTFA.

To facilitate the search, an executive search committee made up of nine industry members has been formed and this committee has contracted with executive search firm, the MIXTEC Group, to assist in finding a replacement for Field.

Executive search committee chairman Dennis Pamagian, of Fowler Packing, noted the search may take up to six months, but the industry is hopeful a new president will be in place prior to the start of the 2002 tree fruit season.

“We are very fortunate that Jonathan Field has agreed to stay on to manage CTFA for the time being and that we have an exceptional staff in place to make preparations for next year's crop,” said Pamagian. “We also have a high level of confidence in the MIXTEC group as they have vast experience in these types of searches in the produce industry.

“This is actually a very exciting, time for the industry,” continued Pamagian. “While we are a bit apprehensive about losing Jonathan, it is an opportunity to re-evaluate the industry's goals, where we want to go and what kind of person we want to lead us there.”

The MIXTEC group will be searching for potential candidates and conducting initial interviews with candidates both from within the organization and across the nation. Their plans are to narrow applicants to a field of three or four and to present their final selection to the executive search committee for approval.

Recommendations and references should be directed to the MIXTEC Group, Attn: Ward Fredericks, chairman, 709 East Colorado Blvd., Suite 250, Pasadena, CA 91101, phone (626) 440-7077, fax (626) 440-1557.