Board of Directors
Board of Directors Board of Directors
Board of Directors Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Jim Divis, (Northern District)

Jim Divis, Chairman (Northern District)

Jim is General Manager of Honeybear Growers – an upstart warehouse in Brewster focusing on premium Honeycrisp. Having grown up on a small family farm, Jim pursued his interest and love of the industry and graduated in 1985 with a BS degree in Horticulture from Washington State University. He immediately began working as a field man for MAGI Inc., where he quickly moved into warehouse operations before achieving the position of General Manager. He was heavily involved in the formation of Chelan Fruit and Chelan Fresh Marketing prior to his move to Honeybear Growers. Jim is also a board member at Northwest Wholesale Inc. Jim and his wife Dana are active growers with 175 acres of apples and pears in the Brewster, Washington area.

Travis Allan

Travis Allan (Southern District)

Owner and Orchard Management, Allan Brothers Fruit, Inc., is a fourth generation grower-owner of Washington apples, pears, cherries and peaches. The core of the company’s operations are on its main campus located in Naches, WA, and includes two apple packing lines, two cherry packing lines, shipping and receiving docks, regular and controlled atmosphere storage warehouses, as well as the orchard management and corporate offices.

Bruce Allen (Southern District)

Bruce Allen (Southern District)

Bruce is President of Columbia Reach Pack in Yakima, Washington. He also owns, or is in partnerships, farming 2,500 acres of apples and cherries. He has served on the Tree Top Board since 1994. Bruce earned a BA degree in Economics from Whitman College and attended the State University of New York at Albany. He is a past Chairman of both the Washington Horticultural Association and the Washington State Apple Commission, and has served on the Tree Fruit Research Commission. Bruce is a member and past President of the Yakima Pom Club and a graduate of the Washington Agriculture and Forestry Education Leadership Program.

Tom Auvil (Northern District)

Tom Auvil (Northern District)

Tom is a research horticulturist with the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission and is also active in the management of the family’s orchard. He previously supervised Field Services for the Trout/Blue Chelan Cooperative for 21 years. He has served on the Tree Top Board since 1988 and served four years as Chairman. Tom received a BS degree in Horticulture from Washington State University. Tom is a member of the North Central Washington Fieldmen’s Association, the Washington State Horticultural Association and the International Fruit Tree Association. Tom served on the Orondo School Board for 16 years, 1986-2002.

John Howard Gebbers

John Howard Gebbers, Secretary/Treasurer (At Large)

Johnny is Operations Manager for the Gebbers Farms Warehouse Facility. Gebbers Farms is a family owned, vertically integrated farming, packing and selling operation for apples, pears and cherries. Johnny attended Gonzaga and Whitworth University graduating in 2001 from Gonzaga with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. While at both Gonzaga and Whitworth he enjoyed playing basketball and baseball. He returned to Brewster in 2001 and began working in the family’s warehouse. He assumed his current role of operations manager in 2004. Johnny serves on the Board at Northwest Wholesale and is a committee member for the Washington Tree Fruit Research Center’s Apple Advisory Committee. He is also a grower, farming 200 acres of apples, cherries and pears with his three brothers in Brewster, WA.

Alan Groff

Alan Groff, Vice Chair (Northern District)

Alan is the owner of Foreman Fruit Company raising apples, pears and cherries in the Wenatchee area. Alan studied electrical and computer engineering at Ohio State and Devry Institute of Technology and has a PhD in Health Science and Technology from Harvard-MIT. After graduate school and prior to relocating west to join the tree fruit industry, Alan worked for McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm, where he advised large corporations on their business practices. Alan grew up on a dairy farm in Lancaster, PA, and returned to farming to apply his business and science background in an industry he believes has tremendous opportunity. Alan is a member in the Northwest Pear Research Board and a member of WSU’s Endowment Advisory Committee.

Ed Kershaw

Ed Kershaw (Southern District)

Ed is a fourth generation grower, shipper, and marketer from Yakima, Washington. He is Co-founder of the Kershaw Companies that incorporate vertically integrated growing, packing, and marketing. Kershaw serves as CEO of Domex Superfresh Growers, the marketing arm of Kershaw Companies. Domex Superfresh Growers represents Northwest growers and shippers to the global marketplace. Kershaw is past Chairman of the Northwest Horticultural Council and the Washington Apple Commission. Ed is a former trustee of the US Apple Association and a former board member of the Produce Marketing Association. For his industry service, Ed has been recognized by The Packer publication with two honors; the 1999 “Apple Person of the Year” award and he was named one of the "Top 25 Produce People" in 2008. Kershaw has served on the Board of Directors for the Yakima Chamber of Commerce, Providence Hospital, and Pioneer National Bank. A native of Yakima, Kershaw received his BA in Economics in 1961 from the University of Washington in Seattle, followed by a tour of duty in the US Army.

Warren Morgan (At Large)

Warren Morgan (At Large)

Warren is an orchardist with ownership interest in more than 400 acres of apples, cherries, and apricots in the North Columbia Basin of Washington State. In addition, he is the President of Double Diamond Fruit and has been a stockholder in the apple packing operation since its founding in 1986. Warren’s family has a long history with Tree Top; his grandfather Victor Morgan was on the original Board of Directors, and the family has been active members for more than 40 years. Warren grew up in Quincy, Washington, earned a degree in Horticulture from WSU in 1981, and returned to Quincy, where he lives with his wife and two children. He is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Washington Growers Clearinghouse, as well as a Past President of the Washington State Horticultural Association.

Michael Smith

Michael Smith (Southern District)

Mike farms over 1,400 acres operated by three farming entities, including several apple varieties, cherries, hops, and alfalfa. He is one of the founding members of Olympic Fruit, along with three other fruit growing families. Mike also participated in the organization of Sage Fruit Company, providing apple marketing and sales services for Olympic Fruit, Valley Fruit; and Larson Fruit. He currently serves as a member of Sage’s Executive Committee. Mike is also a founding member of Yakima Chief, Inc.; is a past member of the East Valley School District Board of Directors and serves on the Board of Directors and Audit Committee of Banner Bank. Mike attended Washington State University, where he studied Agricultural Economics.

Randy Smith

Randy Smith (Northern District)

Randy is an orchardist who owns and leases 125 acres of apples, pears, and cherries near Cashmere, Washington, which he has operated since 1975. He graduated from Central Washington University with a degree in Sociology. Randy is a past Cashmere School Board Member, as well as past chairman of the following organizations: Washington State Horticultural Assn; WA Growers Clearing House; WA Agriculture and Forestry Education Foundation; Dean’s Advisory Council for the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences at WSU; the WA AG. President’s Group and the National Council for Agricultural Research Extension and Teaching. Randy currently serves as a Commissioner of the Chelan County PUD Commission and is active in his local Rotary Club.

Doug Stockwell

Doug Stockwell (At Large)

Doug is a partner and the General Manager of the Highland Partnership, a 1,000+ acre fruit growing operation located near Bridgeport, Washington. He also owns and manages Orondo Orchards, which includes 100 acres of apple and cherry orchards near Orondo. He has been a Tree Top Director since 1994 and served as Tree Top’s Chairman of the Board from 2000-2002. Doug holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Washington State University.

Roger Strand

Roger Strand (At Large)

Roger is President of Strand Apples, Inc., a family-owned corporation with several hundred acres in the Tieton-Cowiche area of Washington State. The warehousing portion of the operation handles fruit for approximately 20 additional growers. Roger previously taught in Seattle Public Schools for nine years. Roger has served on the Tree Top Board since 1983 and is a past Chairman. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the University of Washington. Roger belongs to the Washington State Horticultural Association, the Yakima Valley Growers-Shippers Association, and is the former Chairman of the Washington Apple Education Foundation. Roger is a former member of the Washington State Apple Commission and served 20 years on the Highland School Board.

Committees of the Board

Grower & Policy Relations

Tom Auvil, Chair
Travis Allan
Johnny Gebbers
Alan Groff
Ed Kershaw
Roger Strand
 

Staff Liaison

Cris Hales

Larry Martin
 

House/Compensation

Mike Smith, Chair
Bruce Allen

Jim Divis

Johnny Gebbers

Ed Kershaw
Doug Stockwell
 

Staff Liaison

Keith Gomes
Larry Martin
 

Finance/Audit

Alan Groff, Chair
Travis Allan
Tom Auvil
Jim Divis

Warren Morgan

Roger Strand
 

Staff Liaison

Rick Anderson

Dwaine Brown

Executive

Randy Smith, Chairman
Jim Divis, Vice-Chairman

Alan Groff, Secretary-Treasurer
Ed Kershaw, Immediate Past Chairman
Tom Auvil, Past Chairman


 

Staff Liaison

Keith Gomes
Larry Martin