These individuals are recognized as the “Pillars of FPAA,” because of their work and dedication to the industry. Also, their character, ambition, and vision that have lead to a successful path for the trade via the Nogales port of entry.
This year’s award was given to James Frank Manson, better known as “Jim,” who for over 50 years was directly involved in the business and served as the right-hand man for many importers and growers who relied on him to help get their fruits and vegetables across the border, explained Lance Jungmeyer, president of FPAA.
“This year’s Pillar has been described as a business man of integrity, with a strong work ethic. Even his competitors describe him in very positive ways, as an honest, up-front and with outstanding customer relations. His knowledge of regulations and the ability to always be on top of things made him very effective in his work, ” explained Jungmeyer.
He was elected to serve as president and vice-president for many years of the Nogales U.S. Customs Brokers Association. In his own business, he was the president of Pacific Brokerage from 1964- 1998, the brokerage firm that has served the area since 1929 when his father James William Manson founded it.