Posted: November 21, 2008

David Geise of Milton, Pa., is president and CEO of Furman Foods Inc. of Northumberland, Pa., an 86-year-old company that is the largest family-owned tomato processor in the eastern United States. He has been with the company since 1968 and has been president since 1977.

David Geise, president and CEO of Furman Foods Inc.

David Geise, president and CEO of Furman Foods Inc.

Geise is a leader in the food industry serving on the committees and boards at the state and national levels. He is the past chairman on the board of directors for the Pennsylvania Food Processors Association, has held positions with the National Food Processors Association since 1982, and is currently a board member of the newly formed Grocery Manufacturers/Food Products Association (GMA/FPA). Geise served as past president and director of the Central Susquehanna Valley Chambers of Commerce and currently serves on the Chamber's Ambassador Committee. Dave is a board member of the Food Industry Group (FIG), serves as chair and board member of the Hand Up Foundation, and serves on the McCann School Board of Business and Technology Advisory Committee.

Geise is a life member of the Penn State Alumni Association and an active volunteer for the College of Agricultural Sciences serving on the Penn State Food Science Facilities Committee and has lectured in Penn State's Ag Business Executive Program. Geise received the PA Agribusiness Achievement Award in 1996 from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. In 2001, Geise received the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences Outstanding Alumnus Award. In 2003, he received an Award from the Armbsy Honor Society of the Penn State University, College of Agricultural Sciences, and he received the 2004 Community Leadership Award from the Susquehanna Council, Inc., Boy Scouts of America.

Geise received a bachelor's degree in Horticulture from Penn State in 1968.

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