AIC Election Profile: Gardner Hatch

Gardner Hatch
(651) 385-9987

Years of Experience:  26

Board Experience:  National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA Boot Camp Chair, Vice-Chair; Eastern Chapter Program Chair; Judging)

American Agricultural Editors Association (committee participation, judging)

Bio:  Gardner Hatch has a passion for everything agriculture – from field to fork and media to marketing. With more than a quarter-century of experience in ag communications, he is excited to bring his business background to serve NAFB and its board as an Allied Industry Council Representative. He is interested in collaboration, helping to build even stronger relationships between broadcast members and allied industry, and contributing to the growth and vitality of the organization.

Gardner is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism (news-editorial) and worked as a newspaper reporter before entering the world of marketing and public relations. His first ag marketing gig was at an agency working on a major crop protection account. He fell in love with ag and hasn’t looked back.

Gardner has worked on the agency side in public relations and account service at some of the industry’s leading communications agencies serving agribusiness large and small – crop protection, seeds, biotech, animal health/nutrition and commodity organizations. He is currently public relations supervisor at Woodruff, an integrated marketing agency, and works in the company’s Red Wing, MN, office. He leads PR strategy on several agribusiness accounts.

Gardner and his wife, Lori, have four children and reside in the Twin Cities area. He enjoys spending time with family, photography, biking and leisure traveling.