Preacher, who has been an officer on the apple association’s board for three years, has also been chairman of its government affairs committee. His one-year term as the head of the board of directors began at the organization’s virtual conference, Aug. 20-21.
“Mike’s hands-on commitment to the apple industry and USApple has been a tremendous asset to the organization and can only grow during his leadership as board chair,” Jim Bair, president and CEO, said in a news release. “Mike is always the first to lend his support to USApple efforts, whether it’s policy issues, communications initiatives or simply as the staff’s most ardent cheerleader.
“His go-get ‘em attitude is infectious and, I expect, will breathe a renewed energy into the organization,” Bair said in the release.
Preacher succeeds Jeff Colombini, president of Lodi Farming, Stockton, Calif.
The association’s 2020-21 elected board officers are:
- Chris Alpers, RedPath Orchards, Lake Leelanau, Mich., vice chairman;
- Brenda Briggs, Rice Fruit Co., Gardners, Pa., secretary; and
- Craig Hinkle, Knouse Foods Cooperative, Peach Glen, Pa., treasurer.