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, Pyxus Agriculture USA, LLC (R)
  • Frank Geovannello, Altria (R)
  • Bill Maksymowicz, Burley Stabilization Corporation (R)
  • Viggo Wang, China Tobacco International (North America) (R)
  • Jennie Salyer, Gallatin Redrying and Storage (R)
  • Linda McMurtry, Hail & Cotton (R)
  • John Radcliff, JTI (R)
  • Robbie Parker, R. J. Reynolds (R) (Chairman)
  • Randy Henderson, Swisher International (R)
  • Christian Clifton, 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)

 

Advisory and Working Committees

GAPC Board and administration is counseled and informed by several advisory and working committees.  These committees provide input on GAPC policies and procedures affecting growers, workers, and other important stakeholders.  They bring awareness of concerns and questions to the GAPC Board, and suggest ways in which GAPC can better assist in fulfilling its mission. 

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Certification Committee

  • Al Pedigo, Council for Burley Tobacco (A)
  • Brent Leggett, Grower (G)
  • Bill Maksymowicz, Burley Stabilization Corporation (R)
  • Jeff Griffin, Pyxus Agriculture USA, LLC (R)
  • Frank Geovannello, Altria (R)
  • Robbie Parker, R. J. Reynolds (R) (Chairman)
  • Mamie Sutphin, R.J. Reynolds (R)
  • Tim Yarbrough, Tobacco Growers Association of North Carolina (A)
  • Hunter Mason, Universal Leaf (R)
  • Linda McMurtry, Hail & Cotton (R)
  • Jennie Salyer, Gallatin Redrying and Storage (R)
  • Katie Dillon, Gallatin Redrying and Storage (R)

Farmworker Advisory Committee

  • Rick Alexander, KY Agriculture Workforce Management Association
  • Richard Blaylock, US DOL Wage & Hour Division
  • Miguel Perez, US DOL Wage & Hour Division
  • Deborah Bourland, KY Migrant Education Program
  • Luiz Cruz, NC Department of Commerce
  • Frank Geovannello, Altria, GAPC Board Member
  • Nancy Hagan, NC Project No Rest
  • Stewart Livesay, Philip Morris International, GAPC Board Member
  • Robbie Parker, R.J. Reynolds, GAPC Board Member
  • Jennifer Poole, VA Agriculture Growers Association
  • Beth Rodman, NC Department of Labor
  • Lee Wicker, NC Growers Association
  • Lynn Whitehouse, KY OSHA

Grower Advisory Committee 

  • Vacant, Ohio/West Virginia/Indiana burley
  • Andrew Miller, Pennsylvania/Maryland air cured
  • Donald Mitchell, Kentucky burley
  • William Shipley, Tennessee/Virginia/W. NC burley
  • Dale Seay, KY/TN dark air/fire cured
  • Joanna Carraway, KY/TN dark air/fire cured
  • Jason Clary, Virginia flue cured
  • Matthew Drake, North Carolina flue cured
  • Reid Turner, Georgia/Florida flue cured
  • Neal Baxley, SC flue cured
  • Al Pedigo, GAPC Board Member: air cured/fire-cured
  • Brent Leggett, GAPC Board Member: flue cured
  • Tim Yarbrough, GAPC Board Member: flue cured 

 Training Committee

  • Bill Maksymowicz, Burley Stabilization Corporation (R)
  • Katie Dillon, Gallatin Redrying & Storage (R)
  • Hunter Mason, Universal Leaf (R)
  • Jeff Griffin, Alliance One International (R)
  • Robbie Parker, R. J. Reynolds (R) (Chairman)
  • Viggo Wang, China Tobacco International (North America) (R)
  • Jennie Salyer, Gallatin Redrying and Storage (R)

Worker Concern Investigative Committee

  • Stewart Livesay, Philip Morris International (N)
  • Robbie Parker, R. J. Reynolds (R) (Chairman)
  • Hunter Mason, Universal Leaf (R)
  • Jeff Griffin, Pyxus Agriculture USA, LLC (R)
  • Tim Yarbrough, Tobacco Growers Association of North Carolina (A)
  • Brent Leggett, Grower (G)
  • Frank Geovannello, Altria (R)
  • Jennie Salyer, Gallatin Redrying and Storage (R)

 

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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