Kansas Grain and Feed Association (KGFA) announced Tuesday morning it has promoted Randy Stookey to general counsel and senior vice president.
Stookey, who has been general counsel for Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association under its management contract with KGFA since 2011, will officially be promoted on Nov. 15, 2017.
“I am incredibly grateful to have been given the opportunity to work for the industries that I represent each day, and to work alongside such an incredible team of people,” Stookey said.
Stookey joined the associations in November 2011 as its general counsel, providing general legal advice and counsel to association board members and staff. As general counsel, Stookey is also the administrator of the Kansas Agricultural Remediation Board – a governor-appointed body which reimburses firms for the costs of ag-chemical remediation. In addition, Stookey has served daily as a lobbyist for federal and state legislative activities with state legislators and regulatory officials.
“Randy’s promotion to senior vice president recognizes his commitment and dedication to KGFA and its affiliated associations,” KARA president and CEO Tom Tunnell said. “His past job performance has been exemplary and he has proved himself to be a committed association advocate.”
Upon his promotion, Stookey will continue his role as general counsel and as the administrator of the Kansas Agricultural Remediation Board.
“I appreciate the board’s trust and confidence in my ability to continue to represent our members’ unique interests,” Stookey said. “I look forward to continuing this solid relationship for years to come.”
Stookey earned a bachelor’s degree in agribusiness from Kansas State University in 2000 and in 2004 graduated with a Juris Doctorate degree from Washburn University School of Law. In addition, Stookey served 12 years in the United States Marine Corps Reserve, attaining the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 2 before serving as Officer in Charge of the Reserve unit in Topeka, Kansas. Stookey later joined the Kansas Army National Guard and served four years as a Captain in the JAG Corps, Trial Defense Service.
Prior to his time at KARA, Stookey served six years as staff legal counsel for the Kansas Department of Agriculture, where he regularly worked with laws and regulations regarding pesticides and fertilizers, grain warehouses, weights and measures, petroleum products, agricultural commodities, food safety and state slaughter facilities. Most recently, Stookey served briefly as associate general counsel for the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts.