PINYAN NAMED EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF ALABAMA FARMERS FEDERATION
MONTGOMERY, Ala., Dec. 3 -- Alabama Farmers Federation President Jerry A. Newby today announced the appointment of current Governmental Affairs Director Paul Pinyan to the position of executive director.
A native of Cullman County and 12-year veteran of the Federation, Pinyan will begin his new duties Feb. 1, following the retirement of current Executive Director Mike Kilgore.
In making the announcement, Newby noted that Pinyan's farm background, knowledge of agricultural issues and dedication to the Federation make him an ideal choice for the position.
"It has been my pleasure to watch Paul develop as a leader within our organization," Newby said. "Having grown up on a farm, Paul has a passion for agriculture and is committed to serving the farmers of Alabama. His understanding of the legislative process as well as his communications skills will be extremely valuable as the Federation works to promote agriculture, grow membership and represent farmers in Montgomery and Washington."
Pinyan, who joined the Federation as an area organization director in 1998, holds a bachelor's degree in animal and dairy science from Auburn University, a master's degree from Alabama A&M University in agribusiness education and a juris doctorate from Faulkner University's Jones School of Law. He previously worked 10 years with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System.
In 2000, Pinyan moved to the Department of Governmental Affairs as director of agriculture and environmental legislation. He was named assistant director of that department in 2004, and was promoted to department director in 2007.
Pinyan said he looks forward to working with the Federation staff to address the needs of members.
"I'm excited about the opportunity to continue addressing the changing needs of farmers throughout the state," Pinyan said. "The Federation has a rich history of working to improve the quality of life of Alabama families. Our broad membership is a reflection of the state, and our members represent the values and work ethic that make Alabama great. This broad-based membership makes the Federation uniquely able to recognize and address the needs of Alabama residents."
Pinyan, 44, lives in Auburn with wife Kristie and their two teenage sons, Andrew and Will.