Welcome Aboard Kent Shoemaker!
We’re proud to announce that Kent Shoemaker has joined our Board! His lifelong commitment to conservation made him an obvious choice, as did his passion as an outdoorsman and appreciation for wild Florida.
Like most anglers, Kent spends his free time saltwater fishing. He was certified to scuba dive at 12 years old in John Pennekamp State Park and caught his first sailfish as a teenager off of Stuart. He now lives in Winter Park and fishes as often as possible.
Professionally, Kent is CEO of Lipman Family Farms, the nation’s largest network of local growers, fresh-cut processors, and distributors. He is the first non-family member to run the fourth-generation, family-owned company that has been in business for over 80 years. He has the honor of leading a team of thousands who make Lipman an industry leader.
Kent is proudest of being married since 1984 to his wife Lynn. They have two grown children and two amazing grandsons. Foundation Board Chair Carlos Alfonso welcomed Shoemaker to the three-year appointment, citing his enthusiasm for the outdoors as an asset. “We are thrilled to welcome Kent to the board. His professional experience, personal passion, and location in Winter Park provide a needed perspective. We are eager to work with him to conserve wild Florida,” Alfonso said.
Read his full bio here.