Apple Person Named
Tom Stokes, Tree Top president and chief executive officer, was named the 2013 Apple Person of the Year.
“It’s always gratifying to be honored by your peers,” said Stokes. “I’m proud to have been able to represent and further the interests of the American apple industry.” Through the years, Stokes helped to secure favorable rulings from the International Trade Conference. He also supported and directed industry and association funds for nutrition research, including the first antioxidant studies at Cornell University for apples and apple products, sponsored by U.S. Apple.
In his nearly four-decade career at Tree Top, Stokes helped the company grow from a $12 million apple processor into a nearly $400 million fruit processing company, taking part in 12 acquisitions along the way.