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Lipman honors four retirees


IMMOKALEE, FL (DECEMBER 14, 2023) – Lipman Family Farms, BB #:110471 a pioneering force in the agriculture industry, celebrates the remarkable careers of four esteemed employees. Having dedicated a combined 150 years of service to the company, the four tenures are leaving behind a legacy of hard work and dedication as they retire from the company. (Pictured: the retiree celebration.)

Retiring at the end of the year are Randy Moss, Irrigation & Tech Specialist with 49 years of service; Bob Poklemba, Manager of Transplants Operations with 48 years of service; Wes Roan, Crop Protection Specialist with 35 years of service; and Jamie Williams, Director of Florida Farming with 23 years of service.

“Lipman Family Farms has been successful for over 75 years because of our people. Our four retiring leaders have been the backbone of our farming success,” explains Elyse Lipman, CEO of Lipman Family Farms. “Bobby, Randy, Wes and Jamie – your dedication has woven a familial spirit into our company, leaving an enduring legacy of hard work and commitment.”

Bob Poklemba, the Manager of Transplant Operations, played an instrumental role in Lipman’s growing expertise over the years, overseeing the production of more than 1 billion transplants during his exceptional 48 years of service. Joining Lipman in August of 1975,

Poklemba fondly reflects on the family atmosphere cultivated by the Lipman family.

Randy Moss, a lifelong contributor to Lipman, has left an indelible mark on various facets of the company, from farm manager and equipment operator to packing shed responsibilities. Randy Moss and his family have been involved in the Lipman operations for 4 generations, dating back to his grandparents working for Max and Ella Lipman, Lipman Family Farm’s founders.

Jamie Williams, the Director of Farm Operations, has played a pivotal role in Lipman’s success during his 23 years of dedicated service. His retirement signifies the conclusion of an era, having been an integral part of the company’s farming operations, the development of their farm team, and a passionate organizer of farm tours for the community and key customers.

Wes Roan, Crop Protection and Food Safety Manager, shares a profound connection with the Lipman family since he was a teenager. Through his years working for the company, Roan has been instrumental in accelerating our expertise and skills in crop protection.

Ricky Lipman, third generation owner, speaking on behalf of the Lipman family, expresses gratitude for the dedication of these four exceptional individuals, “These are four great men who have dedicated a huge portion of their life to the success of Lipman, and we are forever proud to have had each of them on the team.”

“Their long-term commitment and hard work have cultivated the seeds of our growth. Their departure marks the end of an era, but also the beginning of another with the leaders they’ve mentored. We express our deepest gratitude for the impact they have made on Lipman Family Farms, and we wish them a retirement as rich and fulfilling as the legacy they helped build,” shared Elyse Lipman.

Wrapping up its 75th year, Lipman Family Farms celebrates the people that have grown with the company over the years and looks forward to the years to come.


By creating authentic connections between our employees, customers, and communities for 75 years, Lipman Family Farms has become one of the nation’s largest integrated networks of growers, fresh-cut processors, and distributors of fresh produce. We pride ourselves in being an international company that remains family-owned, ensuring our ability to act as good stewards of our land and our people, creating growth that nourishes everyone. We are large enough to be local everywhere and are dedicated to being good from the ground up, providing solutions in research & development, field growing, greenhouse growing, procuring, packing, repacking, fresh-cut processing, distributing, food safety, and culinary development. Learn more at



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