When: Friday, February 1, 2019
Where: The Inn at Spanish Bay: 2700 17 Mile Drive, Pebble Beach, CA 93593
Join us for the 14th annual induction ceremony honoring outstanding Monterey Bay entrepreneurs, business professionals and community leaders who have made a significant contribution to the economic and social development of the Central Coast. Through business excellence, innovative leadership and community involvement, these exceptional honorees serve as role models to their peers and to the next generation of business leaders- our Junior Achievement students.
For more information, please contact Regional Director, Taran Barca-Hall at email@example.com
Co-Founder and EVP, Organic Produce Network
A driving force in farming and produce for more than 30 years, Tonya Antle is the Co-founder and EVP of the Organic Produce Network (OPN), which launched in January 2017. She is among the true advocates and trailblazers in organic produce, helping to propel it from the fringe to mainstream grocery retailers.
For more than 13 years, Tonya led the organic charge from her role as vice president of organic sales at Earthbound Farm, the country's leading brand of organic vegetables and salads. She was instrumental in helping to build the brand to its half billion-dollar sales level. Tonya has also consulted for leading U.S. venture capital firms about investments in the organic category.
Tonya's achievements have been recognized with an abundance of industry awards. She is the 2016 co-recipient, along with her husband, Rick, of the United Fresh Lifetime Achievement Award; the 2003 recipient of the Women in Produce achievement award; and the 2017 Ag Against Hunger Agricultural Woman of the Year Award.
In 2010, she joined the Ag Business Department at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, as an adjunct professor in Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Marketing. She also guest lectures at Hartnell Junior College's Ag Business Department and at California State University Monterey Bay's (CSUMB) School of Business. She currently is a member of the Women's Fund Leadership Council which is a field of interest fund at the Community Foundation for Monterey County, where she recently completed a $1.5 million endowment campaign for this fund. Tonya also serves on the Panetta Institute Foundation Board.
Tonya grew up on her family's table grape and citrus farm in Delano, California. She holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Communications from the University of California at Irvine. Her time is well-balanced among her entrepreneurial role in the organic produce industry, community volunteerism, and family.
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