Three Executive Promotions Announced At Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative

The board of directors of the Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida recently announced that three members of the executive staff had received promotions.

James M. Shine Jr. has been promoted to senior vice president of the Agricultural Division, Matthew L. Roberts as assistant general manager and Michael Michuda as engineering manager in the executive office.

Shine joined the cooperative in 1997 as head of the Agricultural Research Department and was named vice president of the Agricultural Division in 2008. He earned his master’s degree in horticulture from the University of Florida and his bachelor’s degree from Auburn University. Shine has received numerous awards for his contribution to the Florida sugar industry and Florida agriculture, as well as international recognition for his work.

Roberts joined the cooperative in 2011 as manager of special projects. Prior to joining the cooperative, he had related experience at Westinghouse, Allied Signal Aerospace and U.S. Sugar Corp. He will receive his MBA from the Florida Institute of Technology in October. He earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Georgia Southern University.

Michuda joined the cooperative in 2014 as a project engineer. Previous to joining the cooperative, he provided consulting services to a number of entities, including the South Florida Water Management District and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Florida.

“We are fortunate to have such talented professionals on our staff,” Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative President & CEO Tony Contreras said. “We take great pride in being able to make these internal promotions and recognize the value they bring to the cooperative’s future.”

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