Frederick (Freddy) P. Proni
Frederick (Freddy) Proni is a full time beekeeper, currently residing in Hickory, North Carolina engaged in honey production and queen breeding. One of Freddy's main goals is the promotion of honey bees through education, teaching, formal lectures, workshops and practical training with an emphasis on shared knowledge.
Proni’s interest in bees started at a young age and developed into a lifetime passion. He started keeping bees in 1987 under the strict tutelage of William (Bill) Crowell in upstate New York. Bill, a former New York State bee inspector, advisor to Cornell University, and later President of the Empire State Honey Producers Association, endlessly mentored and eventually employed Freddy. With a dedicated entrepreneurial family sprit, FreddyP’s Crystal Pure Honey (Proni Enterprises) based near Utica, New York was founded. Initially a beekeeping business, the enterprise developed into a commercial honey packing operation servicing over 150 unique retail shelves, foodservice, wholesale and bulk accounts utilizing filter press methodologies.
After several years, Freddy sold the company to pursue his graduate studies in business administration, leading to a consulting career and later business ownership in the neon sign industry. His passion, interest and outreach to work with beekeepers, regardless of geographical venue or life path has never waned.
In 2011, he and his wife (Terrie) relocated from McAllen, Texas to Hickory, North Carolina where full time beekeeping once again became his priority. Together, they manage and operate the Proni Honey Bee Company.
Freddy Proni is an EAS Certified Master Beekeeper who serves on the North Carolina State Beekeepers Association (NCSBA) as a District Director and Second Vice-President elect (2018). He is also Vice-President of the Catawba County Beekeepers Association, the Apicultural Chair and a Board of Director for the Catawba County Farm Bureau, and a member of the North Carolina State Farm Bureau - "Beekeeper, Pollination & Honey Advisory Committee”.