As president of the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association for 26 years, Mike Stuart has been a highly respected leader, ambassador and spokesperson for Florida specialty crop agriculture. His leadership and dedicated service have benefited the grower-shipper community statewide, regionally and nationally. Throughout his career, he has been a sought-out source of knowledge and expertise...
Wayne Hawkins dedicated his long career to helping Florida fruit and vegetable growers unite to survive and thrive in an increasingly competitive environment. Farmers are generally an independent bunch, but when times are tough they look for leadership—and Hawkins provided that. He understood that what is impossible for a single grower can be accomplished by...
George F. Sorn was born October 11, 1927, in Bridgeton, New Jersey. Following graduation from Bridgeton High School, he attended Rutgers University, where he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture, with honors. As a young man, Sorn learned first hand about the fruit and vegetable industry while working in the fields of New...
William “Bill” H. Krome was born in Homestead and grew up amidst the family’s avocado and fruit groves. Krome worked for the United Fruit Company in Honduras for 14 months before graduating summa cum laude from the University of Florida with a degree in agriculture. Over the years, the business grew from 10 acres –...
Neal Palmer “Pal” Brooks, president of J.R. Brooks and Son, Inc., a $60 million business that is the nation’s leading producer of tropical fruit, went into the family business in 1961 and bought the business from his father in 1967. Peers described the Miami native as someone who runs his tropical fruit business with “the...


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The video profiles of the inductees from 1980 through 2017 were produced by the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Florida. More information is available at: https://www.ifas.ufl.edu

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