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Wedgworth Alumni Holiday Cheer!

Wedgworth Leadership Institute alumni are spreading holiday cheer with their leadership and service!

Check out where your WLI alumni family have been seen recently!

Class VII Member Elected Chairman of the International Certified Crop Adviser Program

Class VII graduate Armando Campos-Cruz, President of Nutrient Technologies, LLC, was put in the “Alumni Spotlight” for being recently elected to serve as the Chairman of the International Certified Crop Adviser program!

Armando has worked in the agricultural inputs industry for over 20 years, specializing in soils and plant nutrition.  Armando  attended Monterrey Tech for his bachelor’s degree in Agronomy, and went on to earn a master’s degree in Horticulture/Plant Physiology from Texas A&M University. 

He has been married to his wife, Nowell, for 22 years.  They have three boys, Armando VIII (21), Daniel (19), and Alex (13). They have lived in Maitland/Winter Park since 2000.  Armando started Nutrient Technologies, LLC in 2004 as a family legacy business focused on the specialty fertilizer industry.  Armando also does some consulting in what is considered to be “Business Leadership.” His personal interests/hobbies are camping, kayaking as well as reading, and, obviously, Aggie Sports!

To read the full “Alumni Spotlight” on Armando, click here!

Alumni and Class X Donate Citrus Once Again for Wakulla County

Tom Mitchell, Class X
Tim Dooley, Class VIII

Despite a hard year for the Florida citrus industry, alumni and a class member of the Wedgworth Leadership Institute stepped up to give.


On November 30th, Class X member Tom Mitchell, Vice President of Riverfront Packing Company, LLC, and Class VIII graduate Tim Dooley, Vice President/General Manager of Blue Goose Growers, LLC, donated several boxes of citrus varieties to be delivered to Sherrie Miller of Panacea in Wakulla County.

During this time of  year, the Wedgworth Leadership Institute family comes together to served the community members of Wakulla County during the holiday season.

“It all began with the fateful meeting between Mrs. Sherrie Miller and Dr. Gene Trotter.  Sherrie, a community leader and restaurant owner in Panacea, FL, introduced Dr. Trotter to the area as a potential seminar location before the first Florida Leadership Program for Agriculture and Natural Resources class was ever formed.

Since then, Sherrie has served as a common part of all ten leadership classes by volunteering her time and connections to help in the programming of the north Florida seminar.

In 2005, Sherrie’s hometown of Panacea was heavily impacted by Hurricane Dennis.  As a way to serve the hurting community and bring holiday cheer, the Christmas in Panacea celebration was formed.  This event provides a variety of free food items and holiday-themed festivities to its community members.”

Sherrie serves as a natural coordinator and leader in the Christmas in Panacea event, and in the last few years she has reached out to her friends from the Wedgworth Leadership Institute for Agriculture and Natural Resources to help in providing nutritious citrus for the people of Wakulla County.

Richard Schwab, Class VI

Class VI graduate Richard Schwab, Procurement Manager for M.A. Rigoni, Inc., was also instrumental in the big citrus delivery.  Richard drove down to Gainesville to meet Alumni Coordinator Val McKee with the load of citrus, and then proceeded to drive this load to Sherrie Miller.

We want to especially thank Tom, Tim, and Richard for stepping up this year and keeping this Wedgworth tradition of service going!



Class IX & X Members Elected to Serve FBGA

Brittany Lee, Class IX

Class IX graduate Brittany H. Lee, Vice President and Farm Manager for Florida Blue Farms, Inc., for being the newly elected President of the Florida Blueberry Growers Association (FBGA).  The two-year term will continue through October 2019.  Congratulations, Brittany, and we look forward to following you more in your leadership and service to FBGA!

Ryan Atwood, Class X

We also want to congratulate Class X member Ryan Atwood, farmer and owner of Atwood Family Farms and H&A Farms, for being elected to serve a two year term as Vice-President of FBGA.  We are so excited to follow Ryan as he moves toward completing his time with Class X and using his leadership beyond the WLIANR program!



The Square Dancing Tradition Lives On!

Class III graduate Nancy McDonald, Production Manager for Knox Medical, and Class VI graduate David McDonald, Relationship Manager for Farm Credit of Central Florida, are responsible for keeping the Wedgworth Leadership Institute square dancing tradition alive!  Since Class III, WLIANR participants have had the opportunity to learn how to square dance.  Nancy and David have been instrumental in hosting this event for many years.  On December 8th, 2017, Nancy and David hosted Class X with their partners and spouses during Seminar VIII.  


Many, many thanks are due to the McDonald’s for keeping this tradition going and providing such invaluable memories for us all to share!

Square Dancing Caller WT Chesnut joined Class X for the evening, and dinner was generously sponsored by Class VI graduate Billy Butterfield, President of Ameriscapes, Farm Credit of Central Florida (Class VI graduate Reggie Holt, CEO of Farm Credit of Central Florida), and the Action Chapter of FNGLA (Class IX graduate Jennifer Parrish, Loan Officer for Farm Credit of Central Florida).  We are so grateful to our Square Dancing Caller and Dinner Sponsors for Seminar VIII!  Thank you for making this a great time!

Class IX Member Advances to National Competition

Class IX graduate Brittany H. Lee, Vice President and Farm Manager for Florida Blue Farms, Inc., will advance to represent Florida in the American Farm Bureau Achievement in Agriculture Award competition.  Click here to read more about this competition. 

Congratulations again, Brittany, and best of luck!