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National Watermelon Association Committees

NATIONAL WATERMELON ASSOCIATION Officers

Chandler Mack, Chairman
Ron Perry, President
Ray Vincent, 1st Vice-President
John Gee, 2nd Vice-President
Bob Morrissey, Executive Director

The NWA governing body, known as the Executive Committee, is made up of the Officers, Executive Committee, Executive Council, Lifetime Council and Chapter Presidents.

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EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

  • Jim Ayoob
  • Josh Bailey
  • Keith Brooks
  • Mark Browning
  • Jordan Carter
  • Rich Chastain
  • Mark Collins
  • John Corsaro
  • Hamilton Dicks
  • Bob Gibson
  • Don Hiller
  • Mike Horrall
  • Brad Johnston
  • Wayde Kirschenman
  • John Lapide
  • Greg Long
  • Jesus Lopez
  • Jim Mastropietro
  • Dennis Mouzin
  • Ramon Murillo
  • Steve Nichols
  • Paul Nuzzo
  • Bob Rawlins
  • TJ Runyan
  • Arthur Saikhon
  • Jack Schmidt
  • Jim Schmidt
  • Billy Smith
  • Dan Thomas
  • Ricky Tucker
  • Kelly Tyner
  • Dan Van Groningen
  • Jesse Wiggins
  • Richard Wojciak
  • Lee Wroten

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EXECUTIVE COUNCIL

  • Doyle Bennett
  • Nowell Borders
  • Michael Bunch
  • Doug Dickerson
  • Bobby Dietz
  • Jack Dietz
  • Anita Field
  • Kenny Frey
  • Brent Harrison
  • Carr Hussey
  • Brent Jackson
  • Jody Land
  • Greg Leger
  • Craig Mathis
  • Bradley O’Neal
  • Art Perry
  • Herman Sanchez
  • Buster Savioli
  • Tommy Smith
  • Paul Teague
  • Thomas Vincent
  • Al Wroten
  • Jim Zaferis

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LIFETIME COUNCIL

  • Percy Bunch
  • Gordon Etheridge
  • Ray Gilliland
  • Donald Hales
  • Raymon Land
  • Charlie Lankford
  • Buddy Leger
  • Hugh Lightsey
  • Gerald Mann
  • Joe Marinaro
  • Bruce Price
  • Phi lTurner
  • Mary Beth Welby

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STATE CHAPTER PRESIDENTS

  • Heather Raulerson
    Alabama
  • Laura Land
    Florida
  • Dick Minor
    Georgia
  • Rick Linenburg
    Illiana
  • Kevin Evans
    Mar-Del
  • Richard Brantley
    North Carolina
  • Scotty Sandifer
    South Carolina
  • Gerry Lozano
    Texas
  • Tashi Zouras
    Western

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AUCTION LOAD COMMITTEE

  • John Lapide – Chair
  • Jim Ayoob
  • Nowell Borders
  • Mark Browning
  • Mark Collins
  • John Corsaro
  • Hamilton Dicks III
  • John Gee
  • Bob Gibson
  • Ray Gilliland
  • Brent Harrison
  • Jimmy Henderson
  • Don Hiller
  • Carr Hussey
  • Brad Johnston
  • Wayde Kirschenman
  • Jody Land
  • Raymon Land
  • Greg Leger
  • Greg Long
  • Jesus Lopez
  • Chandler Mack
  • Jim Mastropietro
  • Dennis Mouzin
  • Ramon Murillo
  • Steve Nichols
  • Rich Novak
  • Paul Nuzzo
  • Bradley O’Neal
  • Art Perry
  • Ron Perry
  • Bob Rawlins
  • TJ Runyan
  • Arthur Saikhon
  • Jim Schmidt
  • Paul Teague
  • Dan Thomas
  • Ricky Tucker
  • Phil Turner
  • Dan Van Groningen
  • Ray Vincent
  • Al Wroten
  • Lee Wroten
  • Tashi Zouras

The purpose of the auction committee is to define donated watermelon loads and watermelon-related items for the annual NWA auction, and support NWA staff throughout the season when needed to resolve any issues.

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BUDGET COMMITTEE

  • Ron Perry – Chair
  • Josh Bailey
  • Rich Chastain
  • John Corsaro
  • John Gee
  • Don Hiller
  • John Lapide
  • Greg Leger
  • Chandler Mack
  • Dennis Mouzin
  • Steve Nichols
  • Ray Vincent
  • Richard Wojciak
  • Al Wroten
  • Lee Wroten

The purpose of the budget committee is to provide oversight of the financials and financial reporting of the NWA, and working with NWA staff to develop and recommend an annual budget to the Executive Committee at every fall board meeting.

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FOOD SAFETY COMMITTEE

  • Bradley O’Neal – Chair
  • Josh Bailey
  • Mark Browning
  • John Gee
  • Brent Harrison
  • Jimmy Henderson
  • Don Hiller
  • Will Hinson
  • Mike Horrall
  • Brent Jackson
  • John Lapide
  • Greg Leger
  • Greg Long
  • Chandler Mack
  • Cindy Mouzin
  • Dennis Mouzin
  • Ramon Murillo
  • Stephen Nichols
  • Paul Nuzzo
  • Mark Paulk
  • Ron Perry
  • Dan Thomas
  • Ricky Tucker
  • Ray Vincent
  • Lee Wroten

The purpose of the food safety committee is to provide oversight, input and support to NWA for industry needs related to food safety concerns, initiatives and programs.

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NOMINATING COMMITTEE

  • Chandler Mack – Chair
  • Nowell Borders
  • Brent Harrison
  • Don Hiller
  • Brent Jackson
  • Jody Land
  • Raymon Land
  • John Lapide
  • Buddy Leger
  • Greg Leger
  • Dennis Mouzin
  • Bradley O’Neal
  • Jim Schmidt
  • Al Wroten
  • Jim Zaferis

The purpose of the nominations committee is to recommend members of the Executive Committee and Officers to the membership.

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LIAISON COMMITTEE

  • Buddy Leger – Chair
  • Josh Bailey
  • Rich Chastain
  • John Gee
  • Brent Harrison
  • Don Hiller
  • John Lapide
  • Greg Leger
  • Chandler Mack
  • Dennis Mouzin
  • Steve Nichols
  • Ron Perry
  • Paul Teague
  • Dan Thomas

The NWA/NWPB Liaison Committee is responsible to facilitate communication and partnerships (where applicable) between both of the organizations.

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PUBLIC AFFAIRS COMMITTEE

  • Greg Leger – Chair
  • Josh Bailey
  • Mark Browning
  • Angela Chappell
  • Rich Chastain
  • John Gee
  • Brent Harrison
  • Jimmy Henderson
  • Don Hiller
  • Mike Horrall
  • Brent Jackson
  • John Lapide
  • Greg Long
  • Chandler Mack
  • Dennis Mouzin
  • Kevin Page
  • Ron Perry
  • Ricky Tucker
  • Ray Vincent
  • Lee Wroten
  • Jim Zaferis

The purpose of the Public Affairs Committee is to be aware of issues that may affect the association and industry by our federal government, to support the lobbying efforts of the NWA, and to promote interaction between NWA members and their Congressional representatives and Senators.

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RESEARCH COMMITTEE

  • Paul Teague – Chair
  • Jamey Adams
  • Mark Collins
  • Brent Harrison
  • John Lapide
  • Greg Leger
  • Greg Long
  • Chandler Mack
  • Craig Mathis
  • Dennis Mouzin
  • Kevin Page
  • Ron Perry
  • Paul Sawyer
  • Dan Thomas
  • Ricky Tucker
  • Richard Wojciak
  • Lee Wroten
  • Ray Vincent

The purpose of the research & development committee is to define the research priorities of the NWA, and which projects (grants) will be issued as a result.

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PROMOTIONS (QUEEN) COMMITTEE

  • John Gee – Chair
  • Ranell Borders
  • Jordan Carter
  • Dawn Collins
  • Bob Gibson
  • Susan Harrison
  • Don Hiller
  • John Lapide
  • Chandler Mack
  • Dennis Mouzin
  • Louise O’Neal
  • Ron Perry
  • Carrie Thomas
  • Ray Vincent

Non-Voting Members —- Chapter Promotion Coordinators

The purposes of the queen committee are to develop recommendations that are supportive of the national queen program and annual competition, select the judges for the national competition, and help to define promotions for the National Queen program.

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CONVENTION COMMITTEE

  • Ron Perry – Chair
  • Jamey Adams
  • Josh Bailey
  • Jordan Carter
  • John Gee
  • Bob Gibson
  • John Lapide
  • Chandler Mack
  • Dennis Mouzin
  • Ricky Tucker
  • Ray Vincent
  • Jesse Wiggins

The purposes of the convention committee are to review the city information, hotel proposals and NWA staff recommendations for future NWA conventions, recommend the city to hold the future convention to the NWA Executive Committee, select the host property, and advise NWA staff on future conventions.

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GENERATION Y WORKING GROUP

  • Bob Morrissey – Facilitator
  • Sarah Sladek (XYZ University) – Consultant
  • Kelli Wilder – Secretary
  • Jamey Adams
  • Jordan Carter
  • Zac Collins
  • Kane Crosby
  • Allison Forehand
  • John Reese Franklin
  • John Gee
  • Bob Gibson
  • Logan Gilliam
  • Will Hales
  • Brent Harrison
  • Travis Hastings
  • Will Hinson
  • Chandler Mack
  • Katelyn Miller
  • Joshua Moore
  • Dennis Mouzin
  • Ramon Murillo
  • Steve Nichols
  • Chris Nuzzo
  • Ron Perry
  • TJ Runyan
  • Hudson Shelley
  • Amber Smith
  • Rantz Smith
  • Trey Smith
  • Dean Tucker III
  • Kelly Tyner
  • Ryan Van Groningen
  • Jesse Wiggins

The purpose of this committee is to listen, learn and discuss the needs and desires of Generation Y; how their volunteerism and pursuit of the Value Proposition will influence the future of the Association; how the Association can create an open invitation to this vital generation to solidify and build the future of the Association.

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PERFORMANCE REVIEW COMMITTEE

  • Ron Perry – Chair
  • John Corsaro
  • Don Hiller
  • Chandler Mack
  • Dennis Mouzin

The purpose of this committee is to evaluate the performance of our Executive Director and his goal achievement, develop any resulting recommendations for consideration by the executive committee, and mutually agree on new year goals that are measurable and in line with Association pursuits and sustainability.

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POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE

Membership in this committee is Private.

The purpose of this committee is to solicit ‘private’ contributions that can be used in the future to support political candidates and/or party(ies) that meet the committee’s objectives.

This committee acts autonomously from the Association’s executive committee, and does not come under its auspices or the normal approval processes that other committees are subject to.

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