DAVID J. DUDA
PRESIDENT & CEO, A. DUDA & SONS, OVIEDO
Founded in 1926 in Oviedo by Andrew Duda and his three sons as a celery farm, Duda today is a diversified family-owned and operated company with more than $500 million in revenue from fresh fruit and vegetables, agriculture/land management, real estate development and commercial property management. The firm, which has more than 1,000 employees in six states, strives to maintain its faith-based values and donates 10% of the prior year’s after-tax profits to charitable organizations that serve the needs of its employees, the communities in which it operates and charitable organizations involved with the agriculture industry.
|EDUCATION||University of Florida (BS, MBA)|
|PROFESSIONAL EVOLUTION||“I started out as a banker with NCNB in Tampa before joining the family business in 1987. We successfully transitioned the business from third-generation management to fourth-generation management in 2010 when I became the first fourth-generation family member to serve as CEO.”|
|SOMETHING SURPRISING||I really enjoy gardening and growing things. Maybe that’s not so surprising considering my ancestry.|
|FLORIDA ISSUE||A growing mismatch of jobs available versus skilled workers in Florida. Not enough high school students are aware of the good-paying jobs and careers through technical education that don’t actually require a four-year college degree.|