The board of directors of the Idaho Grower Shipper Association announced the appointment of Shawn Boyle as president, a role he will assume the first week of February. He replaces Mark Klompien, who was named president and chief executive officer of United Potato Growers of America in November.
Boyle, who was born and raised in Shelley, ID, earned a bachelor's degree in business management from Brigham Young University-Idaho and a law degree from the University of Idaho.
For the last five years as a licensed attorney, Boyle has independently managed the in-house legal affairs of multiple companies in the petroleum, transportation and farming industries, including Brad Hall & Associates Inc., which is one of the largest petroleum wholesale distributors in the western United States. Through this experience, he has developed a strong understanding of the challenges effecting Idaho businesses operating in a national and global economy.
Boyle also has experience in the legislative arena. During the 2011 Idaho State Legislative Session, he served as an extern for the Senate Majority Leadership. In this capacity, he was able to go behind the scenes and witness the internal workings of a legislative body. As IGSA president, he will work as an advocate for the potato industry both in Idaho and in Washington, DC.
In addition to his professional pursuits, Boyle enjoys coaching youth sports teams, participating in triathlons and teaching his three kids the secrets of gardening.
The IGSA will hold a meet-and-greet Feb. 8 at 1 p.m. at its offices for the membership to meet its new president.