Kathy believes in feeding people good food that is good for them. Growing up in a family farming operation, her passion for agriculture blossomed early. Kathy is part of the 4th generation to farm potatoes in Central Ohio alongside her brother Kyle. She is currently Co-Owner and manages sales, marketing and administration.
After holding various jobs at the family farm, including picking strawberries, maintenance, and working on the potato packing line, Kathy started working for John Deere Company post-college where she spent 11 years. She held roles in tactical sales, dealer development, new product development, and territory sales management. When the opportunity came to return to the family business, Kathy jumped in with both feet to help grow the operation and feed their neighbors’ nutritious potatoes.
She is a member of the International Fresh Produce Association’s Leadership Program Class 26. A state representative for Ohio on the National Potato Council, serving on the Legislative Affairs Committee and Grower Outreach & Industry Research Committee, and a member of the Michigan Potato Growers Association.
Her passion for farming and her commitment to excellence has been widely recognized:
- Recipient of the Frieda Rapoport Caplan Family Business Scholarship
- Ag and Turf Division President’s Award of Excellence at John Deere
- Western Region Excellence in Sales Award at John Deere
- College of Food, Ag and Environmental Sciences Top 10 Senior Award at Ohio State
Kathy has a Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness and Applied Economics with a minor in Crop Science from The Ohio State University. While in college, she was able to foster her passion for potatoes by serving as a balloon handler for the Healthy Mr. Potato Head balloon in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade through PotatoesUSA.
Kathy’s passions include spending time with her husband, Drew, and their two daughters. Interests include traveling, spending time outdoors, and playing & watching sports of many kinds.