After close to two decades leading the 500-member organization, Allied Grape Growers President/CEO Nat DiBuduo will step down upon closing the current fiscal year at the end of June. Current Vice President of Operations Jeff Bitter will take over as president following DiBuduo’s departure.
“The decision to transition to the next phase for me was not an easy one, but passing the baton to Jeff and the next generation of this dedicated staff is exciting. Having worked with him for so many years, through up and down markets, I know Jeff is a leader who’s prepared to move AGG forward. He has the insight and commitment needed to continue the legacy of serving our membership and the industry,” said DiBuduo in a prepared statement.
Bitter continued the mutual admiration before addressing the organization’s future: “Nat has been a wealth of knowledge and a strong leader, and he’s built a solid foundation for this association. I’m excited to continue the mission of the cooperative and assure the success of its growers. I look forward to incorporating the staff’s passion for excellent service with my personal desire for top performance.”