Announcing the NextGen Apple Fellowship Class 2022


The US Apple Association has announced the Class of 2022 of its new emerging leader program, the NextGen Apple Fellowship. Six scholars from across the country have been chosen to participate in the Class of 2022.

The program will focus on providing Fellows with annual career development, one-on-one mentorship, practical experience in advocacy, community service work, and other leadership opportunities.

The 2022 Apple NextGen Fellows include:

  • Marcus Albinder, Operations Manager/Head of Marketing, Hudson River Fruit Distributors, Milton, NY
  • John Cary, Director of Planning and Analysis, Stemilt Growers, LLC, Wenatchee, WA
  • Tim Cote, Project Analyst and Director of Orchard Safety, AgriMACS, Inc., Yakima, WA
  • Ethan Holmes, Founder and CEO, Holmes Mouthwatering Applesauce, Cleveland, OH
  • Syrah Linsley, Project Manager, Old Orchard Brands, Grand Rapids, MI
  • James Nysson, Pacific Northwest Regional Sales Manager, Sev-Rend Packaging, Moxee, WA/Collinsville, IL

“After a lengthy interview process with applicants from across the country, we are thrilled to name the first class of the NextGen Apple Fellowship,” said Elizabeth Pauls, USApple Board Member and Chair of the Committee for NextGen selection. “Each fellow was chosen because of their outstanding work in the apple industry, as well as their enormous potential. USApple is excited about this class of individuals who come from diverse careers in the apple industry and balance each other with a vast collection of strengths and expertise.

Like its predecessor, the Young Apple Leader program, NextGen will continue USApple’s legacy of providing up-and-coming Apple leaders with essential government affairs and advocacy training, as well as the program’s annual trip to Washington, D.C. DC, for USApple’s Capitol Hill Day. Additionally, the NextGen Apple Fellowship will take a more focused approach to career development with a Professional Development/Teamwork Retreat, media training, webinars and industry learning forums, as well as the opportunity for scholarship recipients to attend the annual USApple Outlook Conference. Additionally, Fellows will benefit from ongoing, unique one-on-one mentorship with an established industry leader to provide guidance and networking opportunities.

“After extensive internal discussions with former young Apple leaders and strategic planning, we have created an updated and restructured program to prepare NextGen Fellows for leadership roles in their companies, in the apple industry and within their communities,” said Pauls, a Michigan apple. grower at Wittenbach Orchards and former Young Apple Leader. “We look forward to seeing how the Fellows and the program evolve over the coming year.”

The 2022 Apple NextGen Fellowship will have its kickoff meeting in Washington, DC, March 8-11, in conjunction with USApple’s Capitol Hill Day. To learn more about the NextGen Apple Fellowship, click here.

For more information:
Tracy Grondine
American Apple Association
Tel: +1 (703) 442-8850
[email protected]


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