b'National Potato Council Announces New Executive TeamKam Quarles Is New C.E.O. And Mike Wenkel Is Named C.O.O.The National Potato Council (NPC) years, stated Mike Wenkel. Additionally, he manages legislativeannouncedanewexecutiveteam. activities for the Potato Growers ofKamQuarles,thecurrentVice Kam Quarles has served in his cur- Michigan, Inc. (PGMI); a non-profitPresidentofPublicPolicyand rentrolesinceDecemberof2016. consistingofpotatoproducersCommunications for the NPC, will Prior to joining the Council staff, he acrossthestate.PriortojoiningbecomethenewChiefExecutive served as the lead agriculture lobby- MPIC and PGMI, he served as theOfficeroftheorganization.Mike ist for the international law firm of ManageroftheMembershipandWenkel,thecurrentExecutive McDermott Will & Emery for clients FieldServicesDepartmentfortheDirectoroftheMichiganPotato includingtheNationalPotato MichiganFarmBureauforitsIndustry Commission, will step into Council,theFloridaFruitand 193,000 members.thenewly-createdroleofChief VegetableAssociation,SunkistOperations Officer. Growers,ChiquitaBrands ThenewexecutiveteamwilljoinInternational,theCalifornia Hollee Alexander, Senior Director ofIm extremely pleased to make this AvocadoCommissionandother ProgramsandEvents,andHillaryannouncementofsuchastrong specialty crop interests. He also pre- Hutchins, Manager of Programs andexecutive team. The NPC has deliv- viously served as vice president for Events, in rounding out the currenteredgreatvalueforourindustry theUnitedFreshProduce staff of the National Potato Council.during its time in Washington, D.C. AssociationandvicepresidentofKamandMikeshareourgoalsof theNationalCouncilofFarmer John Keeling will be retiring in Juneenhancing that value long into the Cooperatives. after 17 years leading the Nationalfuture, said Larry Alsum, President Potato Council.of Alsum Farms & Produce and the Mike Wenkel joined the staff of the2019 NPC President. MichiganPotatoIndustryCommission (MPIC) in August 2012Itsveryexcitingtotakeonthis as the Executive Director and over-new role. Ive spent nearly twenty sees research, promotional and edu-yearsinD.C.advancingfarmers cationalactivitiesfortheindustry.interests,andhalfofthattimeworking for NPC. This strong newteam will relentlessly pursue federal The Insulation Placeand international policies that max- 14770 69th Place NEGrafton, ND 58237 imizethecompetitivenessofthepotato industry, said Kam Quarles. Urethane Spray-On InsulationEliminates air infiltration & stops condensationI am excited to join the staff of the Highest R-Value Insulation Fire Proofing\x00 \x00National Potato Council and work Moisture Barriers Flat Roofs\x00 \x00toadvancetheindustryonanational level by applying all that I Grafton(701) 352-3233 1-800-352-0620have learned serving Michigan agri- Bismarck(701) 255-0025 1-866-425-0025Website www.theinsulationplace.comcultureoverthepasttwenty-fourMAY/JUNE 2019 POTATO GROWER 27'