John Giumarra Jr.
John Giumarra Jr.

The California Fresh Fruit Association, CFFA, has honored John Giumarra Jr., posthumously, with the prestigious Mentor’s Award, according to a news release. The award is bestowed to an individual who has demonstrated exceptional dedication to the fresh grape, berry or tree fruit communities through their leadership in the industry. 

Giumarra Jr., of Giumarra Vineyards Corp., made many contributions to the table grape industry throughout his career, according to the release. 

The third-generation owner of the company founded in 1922 by his father and uncles, Giumarra Jr. was appointed CEO and president of Giumarra Vineyards in 2015. He served as a board member of the California Table Grape Commission for 33 years and on the board of directors for the United Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Association, as well as the Produce Marketing Association. He served as chairman of the CFFA board of directors in 1980 and 1981.

Recipients of the Mentor’s Award are selected based on their role as a trusted counselor or guide; a wise, loyal advisor; a tutor, coach or teacher; and a person who, through effort, discovery, innovation, dedication or perseverance, influenced the fresh fruit industry in a positive way. 

—by Jonelle Mejica