Empire Farm Days names new management team

Last December, Melanie Wickham of Stanley announced her resignation as executive director of the Empire State Potato Growers Association and as director of the association’s popular Empire Farm Days after 32 years.

At the time, Karl Hofmann, president of the potato growers association, said it would take two people to fill Wickham’s roles.

Hofmann was off by one.

It was announced this week that three people have been hired to handle the two jobs Wickham did for so many years.

The new management team announced by the Empire State Potato Growers includes:

• Alexandra Grimm as executive director of the Potato Growers and manager of Empire Farm Days. She has 15 years of experience with Potatoes USA and Spud Nation, with expertise in handling industry relations, trade show logistics and meeting planning, cost center metrics and brand management. She has relocated from Colorado to New York.

• Jamie Meyer, a New York native and graduate of Keuka College, will serve as assistant executive director of the Potato Growers and Empire Farm Days exhibitor coordinator.

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