Allied Industry Council Board Election Profile: Gardner Hatch

Gardner Hatch
Phone (651) 385-9987
Cell (651) 425-1533

Years of industry experience: 29

Board/Volunteer Experience:
National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) -- Boot Camp Chair, Vice Chair; Eastern Chapter Program Chair
American Agricultural Editors Association (served on various committees)

Bio:  I have a passion for everything agriculture -- from field to fork and media to marketing, but especially relationships and professional connections. That's where the real progress is made in our industry.

I am excited at the potential of bringing my experience in agriculture communications to serve NAFB and its board as an Allied Industry Council representative. However, I am even more enthusiastic about serving the association and working together to help drive even greater collaboration. My goal is to help contribute to the growth and vitality of the NAFB organization through stronger communication and professional development.

A little about me: I am a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and worked as a newspaper reporter before entering the world of agriculture marketing and public relations. I have worked on the agency side in PR and account management for some of the industry's leading communications agencies, serving agribusiness large and small -- crop protection, seeds, biotech, animal health/nutrition, farm equipment, and more. I am currently a PR and Content Managing Supervisor at Woodruff, where I manage strategy and tactic implementation for a variety of agribusiness clients.

My wife, Lori, and I have four children and reside in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. I enjoy spending time with family, photography, and traveling to our family retreat in Maine.