Kim Vail of Indiana has been hired as the new executive director of Sonoma County Farm Bureau. Vail will assume his role at one of the county’s largest and most influential agricultural organizations on October 5th. Sonoma County Farm Bureau represents nearly 3,000 family farmers, ranchers, rural landowners and agricultural businesses in Sonoma County.
“We are excited to welcome Vail to Sonoma County,” said John Azevedo, president. “His skillset and experience of working with other Farm Bureau offices is an incredible asset to our organization.”
Vail fills the position formerly held by Tim Tesconi, who announced his retirement earlier this year. Vail has an Agriculture Economics degree from Purdue University. He spent ten years operating his family farm in Indiana which had both grain and livestock enterprises.
Vail has vested his career around the Farm Bureau organization at the local, state and national levels. He brings with him years of experience at Indiana Farm Bureau, Illinois Farm Bureau and American Farm Bureau Federation.
During his time at Indiana Farm Bureau, Vail spent seven years as a field services representative and four years as government affairs specialist where he served as a lobbyist and developed statewide programs focusing on increased participation of policy development.
Vail spent a year as an area director in policy and program coordination for AFBF where he managed programs and activities for twelve Midwestern state Farm Bureaus.
As the assistant director of state legislation for Illinois Farm Bureau, he successfully developed and implemented the state legislative agenda addressing organizational priorities through strategic actions with key legislators.
Most recently, Vail moved back to Indiana Farm Bureau where he spent the last nine years as their director of organizational development. He managed membership development programs and brings a strong background of membership growth and retention to Sonoma County.
While building the membership program, he concurrently managed the department budget and a staff of more than 20 employees. He oversaw their collegiate and young farmers program and developed educational programs as well as building a core of volunteers.
Vail brings comprehensive experience with association management, membership and government relations to his leadership role at Sonoma County Farm Bureau.
Vail is moving to California with his wife Karen and has two children who work in Indiana.