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August 10, 2017 by Newsroom Editor

Gov. Scott appoints new members to Florida Citrus Commission

August 10, 2017 by Newsroom Editor

Gov. Scott appoints new members to Florida Citrus Commission

Lee Bouldin and Carlos Martinez join seven other Commissioners

BARTOW, Fla. – Gov. Rick Scott appointed two new members to the Florida Citrus Commission Thursday and reappointed another.

Lee Bouldin, a citrus shipper at DNE World Fruit, was appointed to the seat previously held by Michael Garavaglia, who served on the Commission for eight years, acted as Vice Chairman and oversaw the international marketing committee. Bouldin, 62, of Vero Beach, represents District 1, which includes the Indian River area on the east coast of Florida. Bouldin received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Wake Forest University.

Carlos Martinez, a procurement manager at the Coca-Cola Company, fills a vacant seat for District 1. Martinez, 51, of Orlando, received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida and his master’s degree from St. Leo University.

Scott also announced the reappointment of Jonathan “Ned” Hancock to represent District 2, which includes Hardee, Highlands, DeSoto and Glades counties. Hancock, 59, of Sebring, is the owner and president of Hancock Citrus, Inc. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida.

In May, Scott reappointed Francisco Pines to represent District 3, which includes the southern portion of the state as well as the west coast. Pines, 41, of Miami, is the co-owner of Pines Ranch, Inc. and a managing partner at Francisco J. Pines, P.A. He received his bachelor’s degree from Florida International University and his law degree from St. Thomas School of Law.

Terms for all four end May 31, 2019. The appointments are subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.

Bouldin, Martinez, Hancock and Pines join Chairman G. Ellis Hunt Jr., Dan Caspar, Aeden Dowling, V.C. Hollingsworth III and Martin J. McKenna on the commission.

About the Florida Citrus Commission

The Florida Citrus Commission is the governing board of the Florida Department of Citrus, an executive agency of the Florida government charged with the marketing, research and regulation of the Florida citrus industry. The commission is a nine-member board appointed by the governor to represent citrus growers, processors and packers. FDOC activities are funded by a tax paid by growers on each box of citrus that moves through commercial channels. The industry employs more than 45,000 people and provides an annual economic impact of $8.6 billion to the state. For more information about the Florida Department of Citrus, please visit FloridaCitrus.org.