Pear leader honored by Washington Hort Association
Dick Woodin, CEO of Congdon Orchards, Yakima.
Pear industry leader Dick Woodin, who is president of Congdon Orchards, Inc., in Yakima, Washington, has received the Washington State Horticultural Association’s Silver Pear Award.
Kevin Moffitt, president of the Pear Bureau Northwest, has described Woodin as a visionary and strong chairman with a balanced approach to issues of importance to the industry. Woodin chaired a committee that was appointed to review the pear organizations in the Pacific Northwest and recommend how all the pear assessments and research should be consolidated under one organization. This led to the establishment, following a grower referendum, of the Fresh Pear Committee in 2005. He was chair of the Northwest Fresh Bartlett Marketing Committee for two years before it was merged with the Winter Pear Control Committee to become the Fresh Pear Committee.
He has been a director of the Pear Bureau Northwest since 2004 and served on the Fresh Pear Committee from 2005 to 2009. He was chair of both organizations from 2007 to 2009. He has also served as president of the Yakima Valley Growers and Shippers Association.
Woodin has a degree in economics from the University of Washington, and has worked at Congdon Orchards since 1978.
Incoming Hort President David Douglas presented the award during the association's annual meeting banquet on December 6.