Arkansas Rice taps Kelly Robbins as new executive director

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Kelly Robins

• By Josh Hankins •

The Arkansas Rice Federation board selected Kelly Robbins as the organization’s new executive director, effective Aug. 1.

He succeeds Lauren Waldrip, a partner at Campbell Ward, a Little Rock-based public affairs and public relations firm.

Most recently, Robbins served as executive director for the Arkansas Petroleum Council and has previously served as executive vice president for three trade groups including the Associated General Contractors of Arkansas, the Arkansas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners Association, and the Arkansas Forestry Association.

“Kelly has a proven track record in association management that will serve our industry well,” said Arkansas Rice Federation Chairman David Gairhan. “His years of lobbying experience will benefit Arkansas Rice and we look forward to working with him.”

Robbins will oversee all trade association activities and manage contract work for the federation.

“It’s an honor to join a well-established team of hardworking producers, millers and merchants,” Robbins said. “With their ongoing input and guidance, Arkansas Rice will continue its successful efforts representing our important community to the public, consumers, and officials at all levels.”

The Arkansas Rice Federation represents all aspects of the rice industry including the Arkansas Rice Council, Arkansas Rice Farmers, Arkansas Rice Merchants and Arkansas Rice Millers.

This article originally appeared in USA Rice’s “The Daily.”