Terry Humfeld will join the Cranberry Institute in November and will ascend to
executive director of the East Wareham, MA-based organization, effective Jan.
1, 2011, Jeff Kapell, chairman of the institute announced in a Sept. 14 press
Mr. Humfeld's hiring is the result of an extensive search process by the board
of directors to replace the institute’s long-time executive director, Jere
Downing, who will retire at the end of the year.
Mr. Humfeld brings over 26 years of professional experience with association
management for horticultural and produce trade organizations. He began his
career in association management in 1984 with a greenhouse growers
association and moved to the Produce Marketing Association in 1993, where
he has worked in a variety of roles, most recently as vice president of
international chapter relations. He earned the Certified Association Executive
designation from the American Society of Association Executives in 1997, and
has served on the Produce for Better Health Foundation board of trustees and
was a member of the foundation’s executive committee for eight years.
"We are excited to begin working with Terry and believe that he will provide
tremendous value to the cranberry industry through his leadership at the
Institute," Mr. Kapell said in the press release.
“I was very impressed with the professionalism and dedication of the search
team and board of directors throughout the interview process,” Mr. Humfeld
added in the press release. “It was an easy decision for me to accept their
offer to join CI, and I look forward to getting to know and work with all the
various cranberry industry stakeholders throughout North America.”
Mr. Humfeld earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in horticulture
from Kansas State University and has held positions in university-level
teaching and extension programs prior to his work in association
management. He will maintain his primary office at his residence in Delaware.