At its January 22, 2018 meeting, the PD/GWSS Board elected new officers to serve during 2018. The new officers are Ryan Metzler (Chair) of Fresno, Keith Horn (Vice Chair) of St. Helena, and Domonic Rossini (Treasurer) of Modesto.
Outgoing chair Pam Bond, of Oakville, was elected chair of the PD/GWSS Board for a one-year term at the January 2017 meeting, succeeding outgoing chair Nat DiBuduo, of Fresno.
Newly elected Board Chair Metzler, formerly the Board’s vice chair, is a fourth generation farmer raised in the Fresno area. A graduate of Fresno State, he formerly served as vice-president of Capital Agricultural Property
Services, the property management division of Prudential Ag Investments, where he managed many farm operations in the West. He now is the owner and operator of Fruita Del Sol, a certified organic producer, and farms 200 acres of winegrapes and tree fruit in the Fresno/Sanger area. Metzler is also a Lt. Cmdr. in the U.S. Navy Reserve with 27 years of service.
“I’m excited to play a part in the PD/GWSS program which is helping to protect California’s winegrape industry,” Metzler said, “It’s really humbling to be on the Board with so many leaders in the industry and help manage the public and private coordination of resources to help fight this pest and disease. With continued research and close management, this board continues to find solutions to this challenge.”