The Texas International Produce Association (TIPA) has formed a new networking group called Y-TIPA. This committee is specifically for TIPA members under the age of 35. The focus is on building connections, networking and providing education to the newest generation of fresh produce industry professionals. Y-TIPA will host events throughout the year and the state of Texas with the objective of building and training the younger community of TIPA members. This group is designed to include all aspects of the industry - farming, production, operations, sales, accounting, marketing, allied industries and so forth.
The first event will be at Top Golf in Pharr, TX on July 29th at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to all TIPA members under the age of 35 years old. Please register/RSVP your attendance with firstname.lastname@example.org.
Left to right: Dante Galeazzi, Kristen Davis
“One of our members, Kristen Davis of TexMex Sales, was the brain-child of Y-TIPA,” said Dante Galeazzi, president and CEO of TIPA. “There’s a desire from our young fresh produce professionals to learn from their peers and grow stronger together. TIPA is proud to have such a committee among its ranks.”
“As a new member in the produce business, I saw that most of the people I knew were from the older generations and sometimes that can be intimidating when coming into the industry,” said Davis. “We wanted to create Y-TIPA for my generation and future generations to engage in networking and educating each other within the business. We want to have future events encouraging young professionals to get involved and learn from one another to grow in this industry which is constantly changing.”