Thanks for joining us on Episode 15 with our guest John Toner, Vice President, Convention & Industry Relations at United Fresh Produce Association. The Traveling Podcast is hosted by industry veterans Dan Sherman and Ryan Barth, CMP.
In this episode we'll touch on the top stories in group business travel, live events and sports (subscribe to the Market in a Minute newsletter). In addition, John will discuss the impact of decision making within the event planning life-cycle, climbing the food chain at the United Fresh Produce Association, the value of networking and relationships, helping people live healthier lives and the new involvement of the C-Suite in strategic event decisions.
Vice President, Convention & Industry Relations
United Fresh Produce Association
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For more than two decades, John Toner, V has helped bring the produce industry together as vice president, convention and industry collaboration at the United Fresh Produce Association. He gets his daily thrills from helping craft the perfect opening night reception, finding a great product for an independent grower-shipper with a problem and securing a big sponsorship. He is obsessed with creating the perfect environment for his members to make new friends, gather good advice and see the best new products the industry has to offer. In fact, at the end of each year's convention, instead of feeling tired and worn out like any reasonable association professional, he feels energized and ready to tackle the next year’s convention. He is known for his love of scotch, his snazzy bowties and the huge smile always on his face.