Courtesy of NCAE
Michael Marsh, a consultant and former CEO of Western United Dairymen, is succeeding Frank Gasperini Jr. as chief executive of the National Council of Agricultural Employers in Washington, D.C.
Marsh, 59, is a certified public accountant and has been a consultant in financial transactions, litigation support and media and public relations since December 2014. Before that, he was CEO of Western United Dairymen for 15 years following seven years as director of finance and administration with the Almond Board of California. Both organizations are in Modesto, Calif. Marsh is a graduate of the University of Wyoming with degrees in accounting and history.
“Michael has the talents to drive NCAE forward through a very tough environment for agricultural employers,” said Joe Young, NCAE board chairman of Goffstown, N.H.
Marsh has a “sterling results-oriented reputation” and the “vision and collaborative approach” needed, said Jon DeVaney, NCAE vice chairman and president of the Washington State Tree Fruit Association.
Marsh became NCAE president and CEO on Oct. 31. Gasperini, 66, will continue as executive vice president until Dec. 31.
“He is president. My job, at this point, is to assure his success,” Gasperini said.
Gasperini has led NCAE since September 2008 and previously held sales, marketing and professional positions in agricultural industries. A native of Ohio, he holds bachelor and master’s degrees in agriculture from Ohio State University and an MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management in Chicago.
NCAE is a trade association focusing exclusively on agricultural labor issues from the agricultural employer’s viewpoint. Established in 1964, its members are farmers and ranchers involved in labor intensive agricultural production, associations and others involved in ag-employer issues. NCAE is active in broad coalitions to promote immigration reform and federal labor enforcement.
NCAE’s annual Ag Employer Forum is Nov. 29 through Dec. 1 in Las Vegas.
Through his business, F. Gasperini Associates, Gasperini will work part-time for the Agricultural Safety and Health Council of America and perhaps one other association from his home in Leesburg, Va.