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FFVA board members offer advice to up-and-coming leaders  

Volunteer fresh ideas, bring out the best in others, and don’t be afraid to ask for help. Those practical tips to help the next generation of agricultural leaders find success were part of a wide-ranging panel discussion at the Leadership Forum during FFVA 2019. 

John Hall, manager of leadership development for Farm Credit of Florida, moderated a panel for members of FFVA’s Emerging Leader Development Program and others in the state’s agriculture sector.

Participating in the session were four FFVA board members: Paul Allen, R.C. Hatton Inc., and current board chair; Aaron Troyer, Troyer Brothers, and vice chair; Paul Orsenigo, Orsenigo Farms, and immediate past chair; and Marie Bedner, Bedner's Farm Fresh Market, and chair of FFVA’s Advocacy Committee.

FFVA President Mike Joyner opened the session by noting the importance of an early mentor in his career. “I was born in Wildwood, but I was raised in the office of my mentor, Carl Loop,” he said. “That’s what today’s session is all about, because there’s no better way to learn than from proven leaders.”