The Michigan Potato Industry Commission has named Kelly Turner as its new executive director effective Aug. 1, 2019.
In the role, Turner will work to continue the growth of an economically viable potato industry in the state of Michigan through the expansion of talent development, research direction, promotion of the industry to the public, and nurturing economic growth opportunities.
Turner joins the Commission with more than 20 years of experience in agriculture and association management. She most recently served as president and CEO of Michigan Society of Association Executives (MSAE) in East Lansing.
Turner previously managed Michigan Farm Bureau’s Membership Development and Training Department since 2012 after serving as a field representative for five years. There, she directed data operations for more than 200,000 memberships and implemented leadership development programs at the grass-roots level.
“We are very excited to welcome Kelly Turner to the Michigan Potatoes team, she brings a well-rounded background working to both strengthen organizations and advance agricultural issues,” MPIC Chairman Ben Sklarczyk said in a statement.
Turner succeeds Mike Wenkel, who served as MPIC Executive Director since 2012 before recently joining the National Potato Council as COO.