Francis J. Podvin served eight years as the Chairman of the Board of Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc., a grower-owned cooperative with revenues of $2.2 billion and substantial receiving and manufacturing assets in Wisconsin. After stepping down as chairman in March 2014, Podvin continues to serve on the board. He is a general partner in City Point Cranberries, LLP, a 110-acre cranberry marsh located near City Point, Wisconsin, and has been active in its management since 1984.
A practicing attorney since 1965, Podvin heads Podvin Law Firm and concentrates his practice on water and wetland issues involving new and existing cranberry marshes, generational succession planning, estate planning, and business counsel and advice. He has been active in the cranberry industry since 1965 and has been a director and officer of many businesses including Gottschalk Cranberry, Inc., Flying Dollar Cranberry, Inc., American Cranberry Corp., and Superior Services, Inc. He received his Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Law degrees from Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.