WASHINGTON, D.C. — James Bair, vice president of the North American Millers Association, has been hired as the new president and CEO of the U.S. Apple Association.
Bair has good leadership and communication skills and is a person who can lead the association for years to come, said Chris Britton, chairman of the U.S. Apple board. Bair begins his new job in January. He succeeds Nancy Foster, who left the position in August.
Bair has been with the Millers Association for 25 years, first as director of government relations and then as vice president. The association represents millers of wheat, corn, oats and rye in the U.S. and Canada. Bair was the association’s spokesman with media, government and industry groups and represented member companies on trade, quality, environmental and biotechnology issues. Previously, he was a White House appointee of the USDA’s Federal Grain Inspection Service and marketing director for the Kansas Wheat Commission.
U.S. Apple Association in Vienna, Va., represents all segments of the apple industry. Members include 40 state and regional apple associations representing 7,500 growers and more than 400 companies.
— Dan Wheat