The Georgia Agribusiness Council (GAC) officially announced Monday that Will Bentley has agreed to become its new president, effective Nov. 1. Many folks have come to know Bentley as the executive vice president of the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association and the Georgia Beef Board. He told Southeast AgNet’s Randall Weiseman that he is very excited to be a part of the GAC.
Bentley has extensive association management experience serving as the executive vice president of the 5,500-member Georgia Cattlemen’s Association and the Georgia Beef Board. In these roles, he has been extremely active in local, state and federal policy formulation and advocacy, and has direct lobbying experience in Washington, D.C. He is well known in Georgia by elected officials and within the agribusiness community.
Bentley is originally from Thomaston, Georgia, where he and his family own and operate Bentley Farms. He is a Shorter College graduate with a major in business marketing and a minor in communications. Bentley serves on the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine Advisory Council. He is also a member of the University of Georgia Agri Ability Board, the Macon Civic Club, the Advancing Georgia’s Leaders in Agriculture Board and the Leadership Georgia class of 2017.
Upon accepting the position, Bentley stated, “I am extremely excited to be joining the Georgia Agribusiness Council and would like to thank the Executive Committee for trusting me with this opportunity. GAC has been a leading voice for agriculture and agribusiness in the state of Georgia, and I know that we will be able to continue to grow from those successes.”
Bentley is married to Ember Bishop Bentley. The couple lives in Macon, Georgia, with their dog, Gordon. The Bentleys attend Vineville United Methodist Church.
Source: Georgia Agribusiness Council