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Special Episode: Almond Achievement Award Winner Brian Ezell

The 2022 Almond Achievement Award winner Brian Ezell joined the Almond Journey Podcast to share his thoughts on the award and serving the industry.


This special episode was recorded in person at The Almond Conference in early December 2022. Almond Achievement Award winner Brian Ezell shares his almond journey, the importance of volunteerism and what he’s given and gained by serving the industry over the years.

Ezell is the vice president of the almond division for Wonderful Almonds and Pistachios. His primary role is to make sure that the company markets and sells their almonds every year to customers around the world. Ezell has served on numerous Almond Board committees over the past 20 years, including serving as chairman of the Global Market Development Committee for the past six years.

Brain Ezell accepts the Almond Achievement Award at The Almond Conference 2022 gala.

I’ve gotten way more out of volunteering than I know I contributed, so when you get an award like this you feel very humbled because you feel like you’re the one that got all of the benefit.
Brian Ezell
In Today’s episode:
  • Meet Almond Achievement Award winner Brian Ezell and discover his almond journey
  • Hear why Ezell was surprised to be the recipient of the award
  • Understand why Ezell is so committed to volunteerism in the almond industry
  • Explore why Ezell is hopeful for the next generation of volunteers

The Almond Journey Podcast is brought to you by the Almond Board of California. This show explores how growers, handlers, and other stakeholders are making things work in their operations to drive the almond industry forward. Host Tim Hammerich visits with leaders throughout the Central Valley of California and beyond who are finding innovative ways to improve their operations, connect with their communities, and advance the almond industry.

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