Nicole Flewell serves as Director of Sustainability at Taylor Farms, leading the company’s national sustainability program. Nicole joined Taylor Farms in 2009 and has held positions in Administration, National Quality Assurance and National Business Intelligence before advancing to her current leadership role. Nicole has led the successful implementation of numerous large-scale energy and resource conservation projects across North America, including solar, wind, fuel cells, cogeneration, and water recycling. With an innovative mindset and passion for environmental consciousness, Nicole directed the development of a unique micro-grid solution that enabled Taylor Farms to achieve energy independence at their Gonzales, CA facility. Additionally, Nicole spearheaded Taylor Farms efforts in becoming the first fresh foods company to achieve TRUE Platinum Zero Waste Certification. Nicole serves as the U.S. lead for the McDonald’s Sustainability Council and is a member of the Produce Marketing Association Sustainability Committee and Monterey County Sustainability, working group. She is an advocate of sharing best practices throughout the industry’s supply chain, from growing, to facilities, to distribution and has worked with state and local governments and utilities across the country to maximize the impact of sustainability decisions. Nicole holds a B.S. from Arizona State University and currently resides in Salinas, CA with her husband, Martin, and two children Hannah and William.