COLE NAMED AREA 7 DIRECTOR
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- David Cole, a 27-year-old landscaper from Hale County, will join the staff of the Alabama Farmers Federation, succeeding long-time director Whit Goolsby as Area 7 organization director. Goolsby retires Nov. 30.
Area 7 includes Macon, Russell, Bullock, Barbour, Pike and Crenshaw counties.
Cole, who began his new duties Nov. 20, majored in landscaping and horticulture at Auburn University. After graduating from there in 2004, he started his own landscaping company.
While attending Southern Academy in Greensboro during high school, he worked for the Greensboro Farmers Cooperative. During college, he worked on Hale County catfish and cattle farms.
In preparing for the transition, Cole said Goolsby escorted him around Area 7, introducing him to farmers and friends. "I'm hoping to make as smooth a transition as possible," said Cole. "But I realize I've got some big shoes to fill. Everybody knows Whit, and I've got a lot to learn, but I can't wait to get started. The people I've met have been just wonderful."
Organization Department Director Mike Tidwell said Cole should be an asset not only to Area 7, but also to the Federation as a whole. "David is full of energy, and willing to do what it takes to help agriculture prosper in 2007 and beyond," said Tidwell. "He's very people-oriented, and is looking forward to meeting our members."
Cole, who is single, is the son of Herman and Cornelia Cole of Akron. He attends Five Mile Primitive Baptist Church in Akron. He will soon be relocating to Troy.