Donald Carson, executive vice president of Florida Crystals Corporation and its parent, Fanjul Corporation, was named “Sugar Man of the Year 2009” during a May luncheon of the Sugar Club in New York City.
Carson is the 52nd recipient of the prestigious Dyer Memorial Award, named after the founder of B.W. Dyer & Company, a 107- year-old brokerage company in sweeteners and foods.
Carson, who also serves as vice chairman of his company’s subsidiary, American Sugar Refining, is a North Carolina native who earned bachelor and law degrees from the University of North Carolina. Since joining the Fanjul Corporation in 1978, he has worked in its operations in sugar, renewable power generation, resorts, hotels and real estate development.
Carson, a director and past president of the Florida Sugar Marketing Association, has served as a director of the Sugar Association, the American Cane Sugar Refiners’ Association and the Florida Sugar Cane League. He also has been a member of the U.S. sugar industry’s Mexico Task Force, has chaired industry forums working on national farm legislation, and led an industry team that negotiated the Everglades restoration plan.