Board of Directors
Blue Diamond® is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of not less than nine nor more than eleven Directors. Nine of the Directors, called District Directors, are elected by vote of the membership to represent each of the nine Directorial Districts in the state of California. The District Directors are authorized by Blue Diamond’s® Bylaws to appoint no more than two additional Directors called Directors-at-Large. No members of management serve on the Board of Directors.
District Directors serve three-year terms and each year the terms of three Directors expire. Directors may be reelected indefinitely. Directors-at-Large serve one-year terms and can be appointed to successive terms indefinitely by majority vote of the District Directors. Currently only one of the two Directors-at-Large positions is filled.
The Board of Directors holds an Organization Meeting immediately following the Annual Meeting each year to elect the Chairman and Vice-Chairman, appoint Directors-at-Large and transact other business. Other regular meetings and special meetings are held throughout the year.
The current Chairman of the Board is Mr. Dan Cummings of Chico, California.
Chairman of the Board, Dan Cummings (Chico)
Dan Cummings is a third-generation almond farmer whose family joined Blue Diamond Growers in the 1920s. He is the CEO of Capay Farms, responsible for the management of nearly 10,000 acres of almonds and walnuts in Butte, Glenn, Tehama and Colusa Counties. Cummings was elected to the Blue Diamond Board of Directors in 2006 representing District 1 and resides in Chico.
Cummings participated in Blue Diamond's inaugural Young Leader class of 1997, and was later elected to the Grower Liaison Committee and Grower Advisory Committees. He has represented Blue Diamond on the Almond Board of California, including three years as Board Vice Chairman, and numerous years as Chairman of the domestic and international marketing committees.
Cummings is a past owner of a large honey bee business and Chairman Emeritus of Project Apis m., a non-profit honey bee research organization. He is a frequent speaker at national honey bee conventions, almond industry research conferences and recently addressed a House Agriculture subcommitee on the condition of honey bees and pollinated crops.
He holds a B.A. in Economics from Stanford University, an M.B.A. from Harvard University and has been an instructor in the College of Business at California State University, Chico. He is married to Yolanda, from Sevilla, Spain, with one son, two-year-old Daniel, and is the stepfather of three boys, Ignacio, Pedro and Alejandro.
The following individuals hold the remaining board seats:
- Dale Van Groningen, Vice Chairman (Ripon)
- Charles Crivelli (Turlock)
- Kevin Fondse (Escalon)
- George Goshgarian (Fresno)
- John Monroe (Arbuckle)
- Kent Stenderup (Arvin)
- Steve Van Duyn (Modesto)
- Robert J. Weimer (Atwater)
- Don Yee, Director-at-Large
- Joe Huston, Director-at-Large