Governance

GAP Connections membership consists of Company (Regular) Members, Non-Contracting Company Members, Associate Members, and Grower Members. Each of these Membership Classes are represented on the Board of Directors which governs GAP Connections activities. 

Board of Directors for GAP Connections

The Board of Directors consist of an appointed director from each Company (Regular) Member (R) and one elected director from the Non-Contracting Company Membership (N), Associate Membership (A) and Grower Membership (G). Each Board of Director's member serves a three year term.

2016 Board of Directors

  • Jeff Griffin, Alliance One International (R)
  • Frank Geovannello, Altria (R)
  • Bill Maksymowicz, Burley Stabilization Corporation (R)
  • Pat Raines, Burley Tobacco Growers Coop (R)
  • Jie He, China Tobacco International (North America) (R)
  • Carter Franklin, Gallatin Redrying and Storage (R)
  • Linda McMurtry, Hail & Cotton (R)
  • Ward Anderson, JTI (R)
  • Walt Hooks, Premium Tobacco (R)
  • Robbie Parker, R. J. Reynolds (R) (Chairman)
  • Randy Henderson, Swisher International (R)
  • Xinglin Ou, TH Int'l Tobacco Company (R)
  • Dennis Springs, United Tobacco Company (R)
  • Matthew Drake, Universal Leaf (R)
  • Declan Curran, U.S. Tobacco Cooperative Inc. (R)
  • Stewart Livesay, Philip Morris International (N)
  • Al Pedigo, Grower (G)
  • Brent Leggett, Grower (G)
  • Tim Yarbrough, Tobacco Growers Association of North Carolina (A)

Grower Advisory Committee

  • Charles Duncan, Ohio/West Virginia/Indiana burley, Patriot, OH
  • Justin Welk, Pennsylvania/Maryland air cured, Strasburg, PA
  • Donald Mitchell, Kentucky burley, Midway, KY
  • Erich Winter, Tennessee/Virginia/W. NC burley, Greeneville, TN
  • Dale Seay, KY/TN dark air/fire cured, Crofton, KY
  • Jay Jennings, Virginia flue cured, Chase City, VA
  • Matt Grissom, North Carolina flue cured, Henderson, NC
  • Daniel Johnson, S Car/Georgia/Florida flue cured, Alma, GA
  • Al Pedigo, GAPC Board Member: Air-Cured/Fire-Cured, Scottsville, KY
  • Brent Leggett, GAPC Board Member- Flue-Cured, Nashville, NC