RISE President Aaron Hobbs resigns

RISE President Aaron Hobbs resigns

Aaron Hobbs started his career at RISE in state government affairs but has been president since 2010.

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Aaron Hobbs, the president of Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment, announced his resignation earlier this week in an email sent to RISE members.

"It has been a pleasure and honor to work with, and for you, this past decade. We've grown our industry, faced many challenges, and enjoyed many successes," Hobbs wrote in the email. "You have a great team to carry you into the future beginning with your peers serving on the Governing Board and Strategic Oversight Council and the staff team in Washington."

Hobbs started his career at RISE in state government affairs and was then selected to serve as president in 2010, taking over for long-time leader Allen James. During his tenure, Hobbs created a strategic plan that has guided the organization’s tactical investments for the past five years. Hobbs helped lead the RISE team’s development of the DebugtheMyths campaign, the ANDnotOR campaign and helped sharpen the issues management focus for specialty pesticides and fertilizer. 

The RISE Governing Board has named a transition committee that will be working with CropLife America to evaluate ways to enhance the service provided to RISE Members and the specialty pesticide and fertilizer industry. 

"As public challenges to our industry’s ability to do business continue to grow, our need to work more closely, and more effectively, has never been greater," members of the RISE Governing Board wrote in an email. "We welcome your thoughts as we move through this process and look forward to hearing and sharing more with you during the RISE Annual Meeting in August."

Comments or concerns can be sent to RISE Chairman Darren Horst or CropLife America President and CEO Chris Novak.