Seel, who has 20 years of association management experience, was confirmed as the first staff executive during the Education Foundation's Board of Directors meeting in Wilmington, DE, last Saturday. Seel, who previously worked in executive positions for PMA from 1997-2002, began her new job with the non-profit group yesterday.
Seel is experienced in not-for-profit structure, management and member service work and brings knowledge of the produce industry as a result of her five year tenure with PMA. Her previous senior executive positions at international and statewide associations have provided her with strategic leadership skills and the ability to yield positive results while containing costs, increasing productivity, service and morale. Seel's success and strong relationships with industry leaders while on the PMA staff contributed to her selection to lead the Education Foundation, according to the produce group.
"PMA is elated to have such an experienced leader oversee the new Education Foundation. This opportunity demonstrates PMA's commitment as a leader of the produce industry and our commitment to building the industry's future, a task that is surely among the most important for any organization looking beyond the horizon" said Bryan Silbermann, president of the association.
The Education Foundation will fund programs that increase and enhance the teaching of produce-related courses at colleges and universities around the world. It will also support research and professional development programs and will provide industry recognition to individuals who master the knowledge and skills the industry requires.