Florida Citrus Mutual Names Next CEO

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The Florida Citrus Mutual (FCM) board of directors has announced that G. Mathew “Matt” Joyner has been selected to serve as the chief executive officer and executive vice president (CEO/EVP) of the organization effective April 1, 2022.

“Matt brings a unique perspective and skill set to Florida Citrus Mutual having worked side-by-side with both legislators in the halls of Congress and growers in the groves of Florida,” said FCM President Glenn Beck. “We’re excited and encouraged for the future with him at the helm.”

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A seventh-generation Floridian, Joyner earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of South Florida. He worked in the financial services industry before joining the staff of then-U.S. Representative Adam Putnam in 2001 where he served in a variety of capacities including chief of staff. In 2011, he joined the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services as federal affairs director and later became deputy chief of staff. In 2018, he was named director of government relations for FCM, a position he continues to hold today.

Joyner will succeed Michael W. Sparks, current CEO/EVP, who announced his intention to retire in a letter to the FCM board. Sparks served as CEO/EVP for the past 15 years, capping off a career in the Florida citrus industry that spanned more than four decades.

“Mike Sparks has led us through some of the toughest times this industry has ever seen,” said FCM Past-President Tom Mitchell. “Florida Citrus Mutual and the Florida citrus industry will be forever grateful for his service and leadership.”

Sparks will remain with FCM until June 30, 2022, working with Joyner to ensure a smooth transition of leadership.

Source: Florida Citrus Mutual

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