Governance

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

Board of Directors for GAP Connections 

  • Jeff Griffin, Alliance One International (R)
  • Frank Geovannello, Altria (R)
  • Bill Maksymowicz, Burley Stabilization Corporation (R)
  • Pat Raines, Burley Tobacco Growers Coop (R)
  • Scott Gupton, China Tobacco International (North America) (R)
  • Carter Franklin, Gallatin Redrying and Storage (R)
  • Linda McMurtry, Hail & Cotton (R)
  • Ward Anderson, JTI (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)
  • Hunter Mason, Universal Leaf (R)
  • Declan Curran, U.S. Tobacco Cooperative Inc. (R)
  • Stewart Livesay, Philip Morris International (N)
  • Donald Mitchell, Grower (G)
  • Dale Seay, Grower (G)
  • Brent Leggett, Grower (G)
  • Al Pedigo, Council for Burley Tobacco (A)
  • Tim Yarbrough, Tobacco Growers Association of North Carolina (A)

Grower Advisory Committee

  • Kent Bauman, Ohio/West Virginia/Indiana burley, Otway, OH
  • Justin Welk, Pennsylvania/Maryland air cured, Strasburg, PA
  • Donald Mitchell, Kentucky burley, Midway, KY
  • William Shipley, Tennessee/Virginia/W. NC burley, Speedwell, TN
  • Dale Seay, KY/TN dark air/fire cured, Crofton, KY
  • Joanna Carraway, KY/TN dark air/fire cured, Kirksey, KY
  • Jay Jennings, Virginia flue cured, Chase City, VA
  • Matt Grissom, North Carolina flue cured, Henderson, NC
  • Reid Turner, Georgia/Florida flue cured, Baxley, GA
  • Neal Baxley, SC flue cured, Mullins, SC
  • Al Pedigo, GAPC Board Member: Air cured/fire-cured, Scottsville, KY
  • Brent Leggett, GAPC Board Member: Flue cured, Nashville, NC
  • Tim Yarbrough, GAPC Board Member: Flue cured, Prospect Hill, NC 

 

Policies

Privacy Policy

GAP Connections is committed to protecting your personal information. Your privacy is important to us, and maintaining your trust and confidence is one of our highest priorities.  We, therefore, adhere to ethical standards in the collection, use, and protection of any information you provide.  We believe that you should know how information is used and collected, and we appreciate that you trust us to do so carefully and sensibly.  

This Privacy Policy sets forth our current privacy practices and explains the information we collect when you interact with GAP Connections by mail, telephone, e-mail, or through the gapconnections.com website.  We hope that by taking a few minutes to read this Privacy Policy, you will have a better understanding of what we do with the information you provide to us and how we keep it private and secure.  You acknowledge that by continuing to communicate with GAP Connections that you understand and accept this Privacy Policy and that you freely consent to the privacy practices described in this Privacy Policy.

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Antitrust Compliance Policy

This document contains important GAP Connections policy regarding antitrust law compliance by the Members of GAP Connections. This antitrust compliance policy has been developed by counsel for GAP Connections and approved by the Board of GAP Connections. It should be studied, understood and followed by each member of GAP Connections, the employees of each member who are involved in the activities of GAP Connections, and the officers and employees of GAP Connections. This policy will be incorporated into GAP Connections' employee handbook.

Each member and employee of GAP Connections has an individual obligation to comply with GAP Connections' antitrust compliance policy. Any member or employee who intentionally violates this antitrust compliance policy will be subject to severe disciplinary action by the Board, including possible termination from GAP Connections pursuant to the By-Laws adopted by the Members.

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