President, GEM Indian River Select, LLC
Term Ends: 05/31/19
Patrick Schirard is president of GEM Indian River Select, LLC in Fort Pierce, Florida and is a Florida Citrus grower with holdings in Lake, Brevard, Polk and Indian River Counties.
Schirard comes from a fourth-generation family of Florida Citrus growers. He graduated from the University of Florida in 1982 with his Bachelor of Science in Food and Resource Economics. Schirard has an impressive background in citrus production starting out in the early 1980s as production manager for ABC Fruit Company and United Grove Caretakers then moving his way up to general manager of the company in 1989. In 1993, he accepted the position of production manager at Groveco, Inc. with grove production in Martin and Highlands Counties. The operation expanded into the fresh citrus packing and juice extraction and marketing businesses. In 1996, Freshco Ltd and Indian River Select, LLC began operations in Fort Pierce, Florida. For the next 20 years, he worked to grow the business into a premium niche brand of 100% Florida juices in over 4,000 retail stores throughout the United States.
Schirard is a vital leader in the Florida Citrus industry and currently serves on the Florida Citrus Commission and as president for the Indian River Citrus League. He also served as president of the Florida Citrus Production Managers Association from 2000-2002.