( Courtesy Black Gold Farms )

Black Gold Farms, Grand Forks, N.D., has added Doug Kling to its board of directors.

Kling, the former chief marketing officer at Village Farms, is CEO and managing partner of his consulting firm, Kling Strategic Partners LLC, Lake Mary, Fla.

Potato grower-shipper Black Gold Farms recently opened the spot for a non-family member on its board, according to a news release.

“Working with Doug while serving on the United Fresh (Produce Association) board of directors has really showed me that Doug is not afraid to challenge the status quo or speak up,” Eric Halverson, CEO of Black Gold Farms, said in the release. “This is exactly what we need as a family organization. Someone to push us and help us make the difficult decisions.”

Kling said he has worked with Eric and Leah Halverson, CEO of Ten Acre Marketing and marketing director of marketing at Black Gold Farms, through industry organizations.

“I’ve been impressed with their commitment to growth, innovation, and their ability to keep family harmony,” Kling said in the release. “Having all of that is not easy and it takes work.”

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