The Michigan Potato Industry Commission has announced new leadership for 2019 following recent elections. Otsego County Farm Bureau member and potato seed-stock grower Ben Sklarczyk has been elected as chairman and Matt Wilkes as vice chairman.
While excited for the new leadership, the commission recognizes and appreciates former Chairman Phil Gusmano's hard work and dedication for the past two years.
"Phil's leadership has really set the stage for continued success in the industry. It's been an honor to serve with him and I look forward to continuing to build on his and the Commission's accomplishments,” Sklarczyk said.
Sklarczyk is in his first term on the commission and is the owner of Sklarczyk Seed Farm in Johanessburg, Mich. He moves from his position as vice chairman to chairman effective immediately.
Wilkes is also in his first term and operates Potato Services of Michigan in Greenville, Mich. Both bring a fresh outlook to the board and represent the newest generation of leadership. In fact, both Sklarczyk’s and Gusmano's families have held key leadership roles in the industry previously.