Roman Smith of Freshway Foods Graduates from Produce Industry Leadership Program

SIDNEY, OHIO — May 23, 2013 — Freshway Foods announced today that Roman Smith, Director of Procurement, has graduated from the Produce Industry Leadership Program presented by United Fresh Foundation’s Center for Leadership Excellence. The highly-respected program admits only twelve fellows each year, and participants represent a broad cross-section of the produce industry. The program, sponsored by a generous grant from DuPont Crop Protection, was launched in 1995.

The Produce Industry Leadership Development Program is developed around the four fundamental goals of leadership development, business relationships, government and public affairs, and media and public relations. “The investment of both United Fresh and Dupont towards the future of the produce industry inspires individuals in the program to reach for higher goals,” Smith said about the program. “I am very fortunate to have the support from Freshway Foods to take part in the program. Overall, the program has encouraged me to take more of a leadership role at all levels within my company and the industry.  I look forward to the many opportunities that I will have in the future to be a leader in the produce industry.”

“We have been impressed by the growth of Roman’s leadership skills as a result of this program,” said Frank Gilardi, CEO of Freshway Foods.

Smith has joined a group of distinguished alumni that also includes Phil Gilardi, President of Freshway Foods. For more information about the program, visit